Oregon Health & Science University’s (OSHU) board of directors has granted approval for the expansion of OHSU Hospital on Marquam Hill in Oregon, US.

The project will increase the capacity of the hospital and support the university’s research and education tasks.

The expansion will see the addition of 152 inpatient medical and surgical beds, and 32 additional beds.

In addition, it will increase the inpatient operating rooms to 31 from 25.

For the inpatient hospital bed expansion, the board has approved $650m in funding, and also agreed to provide additional 26,000ft2 space for adding new operating rooms.

Later this fiscal year, the board also intends to expand labour and delivery wards and intensive care services for infants.

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OHSU president Danny Jacobs said: “OHSU Hospital exists to enhance the health and well-being of Oregonians. Investing in our people, programs and places allows us to improve the care provided to patients and the educational experiences available for learners, and bolsters our ability to make life-changing research discoveries.

“The Hospital Expansion Project is an opportunity for OHSU to serve even more Oregon residents, and I am pleased that our board of directors supports this transformational effort that will benefit so many.”

For patients around the state and beyond, the OHSU Hospital expansion will serve as a high-acuity trauma facility and a regional referral centre.

It will improve the ability to provide care for patients with critical needs.

The ground breaking ceremony for the five-year project is expected to take place next year, with completion planned in 2026.

Construction works will take place on the site of the former OHSU School of Dentistry.