PeaceHealth upgrading Eugene, Ore., behavioral health unit



Demolition is under way at PeaceHealth’s central Eugene campus to make way for an upgraded behavioral health services unit, set to open in January 2015.

The $13.6 million construction project includes a 25,684-square-foot facility to replace the aging Johnson Unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District, which is near the University of Oregon campus.

The new unit will be a third larger than the Johnson Unit, with double the number of secure beds, and designed for improved patient privacy and security and staff safety, hospital officials said.

PeaceHealth, a three-state health care system based in Vancouver, is the dominant health care provider and a major employer in Lane County.

Demolition will be going on between now and the end of November, Farrington said.