Columbia Park Hospital and Training Center, 1959-1977

24 10 2011

May Building, Columbia Park Hospital, The Dalles. 26th Biennial Report of the Oregon State Board of Control for period ending June 1964. Page 16.

The Mid Columbia Home (aka Columbia Park Hospital and Training Center, Columbia Park Home) was Oregon’s first hospital devoted exclusively to chronically ill and geriatric patients.1 In 1959, the Oregon State Legislature established the Mid-Columbia Home in the former Eastern Oregon Tuberculosis Hospital in The Dalles, Oregon.2 Geriatric patients from the Oregon State Hospital, Eastern Oregon State Hospital and Fairview were transferred to the new facility.3 The institution underwent many name changes and purpose shifting, gradually becoming the primary care facility for adults with developmental disabilities who “would not benefit from the education or other special services at the Oregon Fairview Home.”4 The facility was closed in 1977 and was sold to Judson Baptist College.5

Facilities Timeline
1929 Eastern Oregon Tuberculosis Hospital Opens
1959 Legislative Statute converts building to Mid-Columbia Home
1961 Renamed Columbia Park Home
1963 Samuel May Building opens, doubling hospital capacity
1965 Renamed Columbia Park Hospital & Training Center
1977 Columbia Park Hospital & Training Center Closes
1980s Property sold to Judson Baptist College
1993 Columbia Gorge Community College Purchases buildings

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2  24th Biennial Report of the Oregon State Board of Control Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1960 to the Fifty First legislative Assembly, 1961, 3.

3  24th Biennial Report of the Oregon State Board of Control Biennial Period Ending June 30, 1960 to the Fifty First legislative Assembly, 1961, 3.

4  27th Biennial Report of the Oregon State Board of Control for the Biennium ending June 30, 1964, 179.

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