Mid Oregon Credit Union announced a $50,000 donation to help pay for the new patient tower at St. Charles Bend. The tower, scheduled to open May 19, will add a 28-bed progressive care unit and 24-bed intensive care unit, to a hospital that has been struggling with capacity.

“St. Charles is a key community asset that benefits all of Central Oregon, providing access to health care for our members,” said Bill Anderson, CEO of Mid Oregon Credit Union, which serves more than 33,000 people in the region. “Mid Oregon is proud to support the new tower expansion at St. Charles, which will improve access to critical care for our local communities.”

In February, the Tykeson Family Foundation pledged a $1 million contribution toward the project if St. Charles Foundation raises a total of $4 million by April 30. Hospital officials said the credit union’s donation represents a major step toward reaching that goal.