BEND - Cascade Health Services, the parent company of St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and Central Oregon Community Hospital in Redmond, will change its name and the names of its hospitals effective Oct. 1.-

The new names will be Cascade Healthcare Community, St. Charles Medical Center - Bend; and St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond.-The hospitals also will be changing the name of their home health agency from Cascade Home Care to St. Charles Home Health Services.

-The hospitals plan to spend $115 million over the next few years to transform St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond into a "model community-based hospital" and to extend services and facilities at St. Charles Medical Center - Bend to support its position as a nationally recognized center of excellence and the regional referral hospital for a 33,000 square mile area of central and eastern Oregon.-

St. Charles Medical Center - Bend, a 181-bed regional referral hospital serving 230,000 residents of Central and Eastern Oregon, has been named one of the top 100 U.S. hospitals three times in the past decade and has received national recognition for excellence in cardiac services, orthopedics and neurosurgery, cancer care, overall patient care and satisfaction, and its unique healing environment.-It has been selected as one of the 100 best places to work in Oregon every year since 1996.-St. Charles has 250 physicians on its active medical staff representing 40 specialties and subspecialties.-

-St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond is a 48-bed community-based hospital that offers 24-hour emergency care; inpatient and outpatient care, including outpatient surgery; rehabilitation services; imaging services and a range of additional clinical services.-Medical staff specialties include emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, urology, orthopedics and general surgery.-COCH has 40 physicians on its primary medical staff.-

Cascade Healthcare Community is the parent organization of St. Charles Medical Center - Bend, St. Charles Medical Center - Redmond and their affiliated services.- These include St. Charles Home Health Services (formerly Cascade Home Care), the High Desert Sleep Disorders Center, Air Life of Oregon and others.

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