A new building for a new era in ophthalmology

Building on decades of innovation and collaboration, OHSU Casey Eye Institute is embracing a bold new goal –to eliminate blindness in Oregon and beyond. To help fulfill this vision, the institute is planning a new facility, called the Elks Children's Eye Clinic, adjacent to the current structure on Marquam Hill.

In recognition of a $15 million philanthropic investment from the Oregon State Elks Association, the 60,000-square foot building will be named the Elks Children's Eye Clinic. It will also house the Translational Clinical Trials Center, the Macular Degeneration Center and space for additional research and patient care. Bolstering this undertaking is a recent $5 million gift from Wyoming business leader John S. Wold for the Macular Degeneration Center.

The effort is part of the recently launched Onward OHSU campaign to support key initiatives at the university.

Serving more patients, with better options

"Because we now have better treatments for common eye diseases like macular degeneration, the demand for clinical services is burgeoning," said David J. Wilson M.D., Director of OHSU Casey Eye Institute and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine. "That demand is expected to escalate even more as the population in the U.S. and other developed countries grows older," he added, noting that "the risk of blindness from age-related eye disorders is enormous."

With groundbreaking anticipated in 2020, the building will enable Casey to serve more patients with better options and accelerate discovery. Clinical care areas will be designed to reflect new changes in the delivery of eye care, leading to greater efficiency and convenience. For example, state-of-the art imaging will be seamlessly incorporated into the patient's clinic visit, improving patient flow and experience of care. 

The enlarged space will also mean shorter waiting times for young patients and their families. There will also be exam areas for pediatric ophthalmology subspecialties, such as pediatric glaucoma and retinal and orbital disease, so youngsters can access all their care under one roof.

The new building will also free up space for surgical facilities ideally designed for anticipated advances in treating corneal disease and cataract. "There are new types of surgical laser devices which will become standard in cataract surgery," noted Wilson. "To make best use of this technology requires specifically designed operating suites," he added.

Speeding the pace of innovation

Casey also will be able to expand its bench-to-bedside research of blinding eye disease - from rare, inherited childhood disorders to conditions that commonly afflict older adults.

Casey's pioneering work in gene and cell therapy, imaging technology and other avenues of exploration have put Casey at the forefront of not just ophthalmology, but medical science in general. "There has never been a more promising time for eye research," said Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., OHSU President, and a retina physician. "We are on the cusp of new cures we could not have dreamed of 20 years ago."

Learn more about Casey Eye Institute's effort to end preventable blindness

Please join us in fulfilling the vision

For more information, please contact: Sarah Nevue, Senior Director of Development, OHSU Foundation, 503 552-0683

Estate gift commitments may apply to our goal. If you have already named the Elks Children's Eye Clinic in your plans or anticipate doing so, consider being part of this historic milestone. We encourage you to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Casey Eye New Building Rendering

The new building will be adjacent to the current facility on Marquam Hill.