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A little bit more carpet work, a few replacement panes of glass, a sign or two, and Linn-Benton Community College’s newest building will be ready for its public party.

Guests are invited to check out the 42,000-square-foot Healthcare Occupations Center during its grand opening, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The building’s official address is 300 Mullins Drive, but the main driveway access is on Fifth Street across from Pioneer School. 

LBCC’s Diagnostic Imaging program moved into the building in June, and classes already are in session. The remainder of the college’s health care programs will start there in the fall, with the nursing program housed downstairs and a dental program upstairs.

LBCC health care training also includes programs for nursing assistants, medical assistants, coding and reimbursement specialists, polysomnographic technicians, phlebotomy, pharmacy technicians and occupational therapy assistants. The first day of fall term is Sept. 25.

The new building makes it possible for the college to consolidate all its health care programs in one place. Because it’s within walking distance of both Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest, it’s also a prime opportunity to share resources, said Dale Stowell, LBCC’s executive director of advancement/foundation.

“Until this point, our programs have been in older facilities that we’ve Band-aided together, and they’re spread all over the place,” he said. “This really ups the quality of our teaching space to match the quality of our teaching.” 

Like the addition to the college’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center, which opened last October and is also based in Lebanon, the health care building was designed specifically for the needs of its program, such as the inclusion of windowed rooms for medical observation.

LBCC used $8 million in bond funds approved by voters in 2014 plus $8 million in state matching funds to construct the building. Triplett Wellman of Woodburn is the contractor for the project and Soderstrom Architects of Portland did the architecture.

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