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Hospitals providing RV spaces for displaced employees

What’s the work now underway on the large vacant lot on the southwest corner of the Barnett Road-Golf View Drive intersection? It’s across Barnett from Asante’s under-construction oncology building. Are the two projects related?

— Bob, Medford

Asante is having an RV park built on property it owns at that location for some of its employees who lost their homes to the Almeda fire in September, Asante officials said.

Adroit Construction was already at work on a new Asante regional cancer center nearby, so Asante asked the company if it could also build the RV park.

Adroit Construction is building the gravel pads for the park at cost and working with network providers to make sure residents there will have internet service. The Medford Water Commission is donating water and sewer, Asante officials said.

The park could be complete by Dec. 1.

Asante plans to buy used fifth-wheel trailers and provide them for displaced employees, their families and pets to use at the park. The cost to the employee will likely be less than $500 per month, Asante officials estimate.

Some employees already had their own RVs, and they can park those at the site.

Many employees of the Providence health system also lost their homes to the fire. Providence has created fifth-wheel trailer parks on land it owns in Central Point and Medford, and families have already moved in. Providence bought trailers for the families to use at the parks.

Both hospital systems said a broad range of vital employees lost their homes in the fire, including nurses, those who prepare food for patients and workers who keep facilities clean and sanitary.

With a shortage of available rentals and affordable housing in the area even before the Almeda and South Obenchain fires destroyed thousands of homes, Asante and Providence feared many of their workers would have to move away if they didn’t offer temporary housing during the cleanup and rebuilding process.

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