PUYALLUP, Wash. — Faced with continued overcrowding and bed shortages, MultiCare announced Friday it will be expanding one of its hospitals in Pierce County.
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup plans to add 160 inpatient beds to the site, with an application for Certificate of Need to be filed with the state Department of Health in the coming weeks.
The expansion plans were first announced in an internal memo to employees.
In response to questions, MultiCare media representative Marce Edwards Olson told The News Tribune via email the expansion is in response to ongoing patient population loads.
“Over the past year, the hospital has operated above its capacity the majority of the time. Adding new beds is a crucial step to ensuring timely care is available in Puyallup,” she wrote.
Plans call for the additional beds in a new second patient care tower adjacent to the Dally Tower, which opened in 2011 and filled out its final two floors in 2018.
“Once completed, the hospital will have 535 beds available to take care of patients and their families in Pierce County and beyond. The project will also include 30 observation beds and a new, 342-stall parking structure,” she wrote.
The project will need to be approved by DOH as part of its Certificate of Need program, with construction expected to be complete in 2026.
This story was originally published by The News Tribune.
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