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PeaceHealth proposes ambulatory care center in east Vancouver

4-story building in would offer outpatient services

By , Columbian staff writer
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PeaceHealth is proposing a new four-story medical building at the southeast corner of Southeast First Street and 192nd Avenue. The site, which adjoins a school, is currently vacant.
PeaceHealth is proposing a new four-story medical building at the southeast corner of Southeast First Street and 192nd Avenue. The site, which adjoins a school, is currently vacant. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

PeaceHealth has proposed a four-story ambulatory care center for east Vancouver, according to pre-planning documents sent to the city.

The proposal is for a 176,000-square-foot building on 12.21 acres at the southeast corner of Southeast First Street and Southeast 192nd Avenue. PeaceHealth has owned the property, which abuts Illahee Elementary School, since December 2012. Costco, Home Depot and a number of smaller stores and restaurants also share the intersection.

PeaceHealth is a nonprofit Catholic health care system based in Vancouver. It employs around 16,000 caregivers who staff a medical group practice with more than 1,100 providers and 10 medical centers throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

The proposed building would include space for imaging, primary care, urgent care, specialty clinics, a laboratory, the ambulatory surgical center and an endoscopy procedure suite.

The center would not offer inpatient services. All of the outpatient services would operate during typical weekday hours and limited weekend hours, according to the documents.

In its application materials, PeaceHealth cites increased local demand for medical services and a trend away from providing services in a hospital toward offering them in outpatient settings.

The organization said the new facility would “focus on creating a welcoming, healing, and safe environment with access to light and nature.”

It also said the building would reflect the Pacific Northwest and be inviting and supportive of community education, gathering, curiosity and partnerships. The document added that the center would “represent environmental and social stewardship.”

PeaceHealth expects the landscaping to be a combination of native trees and plants as well as non-native, low-maintenance landscaping. Paths will connect structures, sidewalks and pedestrian plazas.

PeaceHealth will conduct traffic and parking studies, looking at traffic impacts and if off-street parking can be reduced. The site currently is required to have 880 parking spaces but PeaceHealth is proposing to have 704 instead.

There would be two driveways off 192nd and one driveway, shared with the Illahee school, off First Street.

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