The former Walla Walla General Hospital campus will become a center of health care once again.

Providence Health & Services-Washington has purchased four vacant buildings on the Southgate campus where Adventist Health closed its hospital last summer.

Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed in this afternoon’s announcement.

The acquisition includes the former main building at 1025 S. Second Ave., plus another at 1103 S. Second Ave., the Family Medicine building at 1111 S. Second Ave., and a five-suite medical office building at 1017 S. Second Ave.

“With this purchase, we are continuing our long-standing pledge to meet the health needs of Walla Walla,” Providence St. Mary Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer Susan Blackburn said in a prepared statement.

“Over the past several years, we’ve served a growing number of patients and expect this trend to continue,” she said. “This additional space allows us to care for more patients and address the community’s need for additional health care services.”

Transitions to that property will take place as soon as late summer or early fall.

The first major change will be the relocation of Providence Medical Group Urgent Care to the campus. Other plans will follow in phases. The additional space is expected to allow Providence to increase its number of primary care providers and specialists.

Providence was selected as the buyer of the property after Adventist Health issued a request for proposals from potential buyers.

The plan is to follow through on previously announced plans to convert these buildings into a multiuse outpatient facility with primary care, specialty clinics, urgent care and other services.

The health care provider has also applied for a Certificate of Need from the state Department of Health with a vision to establish a new outpatient surgery center in the former main hospital building. The goal is to improve access to lower-cost health care outside the hospital while also reducing outpatient wait times for patients.

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