Faced with a small, aging six-unit apartment building for patients from outside Portland’s metropolitan area and a demand for guest housing at Providence Portland Medical Center far exceeding what its small apartment building could accommodate, Providence moved to acquire the old Moore Lithograph building on Northeast Glisan Street and, in mid-June, demolished it to make way for a $6-million, 30-unit guest housing facility that will open to serve patients and their families next year.
On the drawing board for years, Providence Portland’s guest housing project has been and is funded solely through the philanthropy of Providence supporters, including Windermere Stellar, where every agent contributed to the $200,000 Windermere gift that helps complete the living room and kitchen of the guest housing facility.
“We are so proud to be part of this project and proud to give back to our community,” said Windermere Stellar’s owner Brian Allen. “We understand the importance of home as a place of refuge and a place of healing. For the patients going through treatment, and their families, this will be a sanctuary,” Allen added. Also among top donors: KeyBank Foundation, Estate of Liz James (a former Providence employee), Ray and Jean Auel and the Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association.
PPMC chief executive Paul Gaden asserted that the building would be constructed with the strength of goodwill in addition to bricks and mortar. “This will transform our hospital campus and neighborhood,” Gaden said. “It will ease the way of our patients and their families—it will be their home away from home.” Acknowledging those who made the project a reality, Gaden noted that the need for additional guest housing is expected to increase later this year when Providence Portland opens its high-risk obstetrics and neonatal intensive care units.