A 60-percent surge in health care sign-ups locally over the last year has prompted Jackson County to invest another $3 million in a downtown Medford health care center.
The county began construction of the health care building on West Eighth Street near City Hall in January 2013 when 33,000 people were signed up for the Oregon Health Plan.
By April 2014, the numbers had spiked to 53,000, or about one out of four county residents.
"The challenge is that the number of people who will be using the building has been skyrocketing," said Harvey Bragg, senior deputy county administrator.
The county will spend the $3 million to add two more stories onto a six-story parking garage, increasing the number of spaces from 400 to 550.
Last year, the county also increased the footprint of the health services building, which will be 97,000 square feet.
With the additional $3 million, the cost of the health services building and parking garage will be almost $33 million.
— Damian Mann