Good Samaritan Hospital/Community Healthcare System has been based in the City since 1952. Today, the hospital is a full-service health care center, licensed for 275 beds and employing more than 1,800 individuals. In recent years, the hospital completed construction of several major campus projects, including a 43,000 square foot children’s therapy unit, an 86,000 square foot “West Wing” addition to the hospital and, in 2005, a new 40,000 square foot regional Cancer Center. In early 2006, Good Samaritan announced a new affiliation with MultiCare Health Care, operators of several large medical facilities in the Tacoma area. This affiliation has increased the hospital’s financial position and resulted in a new Master Plan for development of a regional medical center on this site, which received City approval in mid-2007.
This new Master Plan calls for at least $400 million of new investment on the campus over the coming ten years, including a new state-of-the-art nine-story 500,000 square foot hospital/patient care tower and app. 400,000 square feet of ancillary facilities. During 2010, the construction for the hospital’s patient care tower is nearing completion, with a grand opening planned for February, 2011. In addition, the hospital’s main campus medical office building (MOB) of 80,456 square feet, and associated 244 parking stall surface parking lot, was permitted in 2010, with construction now underway. As the hospital has grown, so too has the medical office area around the hospital. In late 2007, the City increased the area of zoning around the hospital for medical-related uses. Over 100,000 square feet of private medical space has been constructed in the hospital vicinity within the past five years, with several additional nearby large medical offices now under City permit review and/or construction.
There are also nursing and retirement home facilities located within the Puyallup area, totaling over 800 beds. These include the 120 bed Rainier Vista Care Center, the 50 bed Puyallup Retirement Manor, the 120 bed Linden Grove facility and the 20-acre Willows Garden Senior Housing, including a 105 unit congregate care facility, the 279-unit Senior Housing Assistance Group’s Puyallup facility and others. A new 96-bed skilled nursing facility on 23rd Avenue SE completed construction and opened in 2009. Puyallup is seeing a boom in assisted living senior housing facilities, including two separate facilities (comprising over 300 units total) planned for two adjacent parcels on South Hill. A new proposed congregate care facility, called the Evergreen House, adjacent to Willows Pond, will house 125 units.