In collaboration with nearby Linn-Benton Community College, Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital hired Clark/Kjos in 2002 to design the new Health Career and Training Center (HCTC) to help respond to critical staff shortages in healthcare careers. The popularity and success of the program resulted in a major expansion in 2005. Since then the HCTC has provided a much needed resource to people in the mid-Willamette Valley seeking healthcare training.
The new $2.6M facility overlooks the hospital’s healing garden and provides state-of-the-art training for phlebotomists, sterile processing techs, pharmacy techs, nursing assistants, and diagnostic imaging techs. Spaces in the Health Career Center include simulation rooms, classrooms, and student study and lounge facilities. Radiology students train in energized rooms, allowing them to take real images. Some of the rooms are so well equipped, they can be used for actual clinical cases in the event of catastrophic disasters.