REEDSPORT — The Lower Umpqua Hospital District is working to build a new ambulance station for its Emergency Medical Services with a Valentine's Day fundraiser coming up to help fund construction.
The new station will be built on the former Methodist Church property, which the hospital has also been renovating to expand offices into. Rosa Solano, Public Relations Director for LUH, said the new location will allow an easier route for EMS teams to get to the highway.
The hospital is holding a fundraiser for a Valentine's Day basket with a myrtlewood bowl, made by the Myrtlewood Gallery in Coos Bay, as well as "exquisite items to celebrate Valentine's Day." The entire basket has an estimated value of $680 and includes items like gift cards for a facial, manicure and pedicure, glass floats, a candle, chocolates, soaps, and wine, as well as a variety of other items.
Tickets cost $1 each or $5 for six tickets. They can be purchased at the LUH main lobby, Dunes Family Health Care and Reedsport Medical Clinic. The drawing will take place Feb. 14.
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"New construction is expensive," said Solano. "We are holding these small fundraisers to raise money toward the building and to let our community know what we are doing."
The current ambulance station is falling apart due to weather damage and the age of the building. Since it only has two bays, it also isn't able to house all of the hospital's vehicles. It also has only two sleeping quarters for a shift.
"We have a second shift who work noon to 10 p.m.," said Solano. "There are times when the second shift has to transport patients to Eugene or Portland and return very late into the night. Many times it does not allow for them to return from the transfer, travel home and return to the hospital for their next shift."
The new station will have five bays and sleeping quarters for four. There will also be a community room for meetings.