Memorial completes Heart & Vascular Institute and an 80-bed wing
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s new $57 million Heart & Vascular Institute officially opened after a final state inspection of this 27,328- square- foot state-of-the-art “hospital within a hospital” dedicated to providing excellence in cardiovascular care and research.
At the same time, an existing two-story Center Wing, with 23,600 square feet of space, has been remodeled at a cost of $33 million.
Former Center Wing interior offices, storage space, an endoscopy suite, EP lab and surgery rooms were demolished and replaced with 80 beds, 40 patient rooms and accompanying nurses’ stations and support space.
“Modifications to the Center Wing were on the drawing board in anticipation of the closure of Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa and the resulting need for Memorial to accommodate an increasing patient load,” said Dr. Gary Greensweig, chief medical officer for St. Joseph Health System-Sonoma County.
When Sutter announced it would remain open, “it gave Memorial an opportunity to rethink how we provide services. We elected to repurpose the Center Wing as part of our projected 20-year infra-structure development plan designed to anticipate community growth, and to look at the entire hospital – floor by floor – to assure that each unit was appropriately configured to provide the best use of the space. As part of this reconfiguration, we have been able to bring our most acute patients closer to the ‘center core’ of the hospital, which includes our operating rooms, radiology, laboratory, emergency department and cardiac and vascular institute. This is a win-win situation for everyone and gives patients greater access to services that they require at each stage of their stay with us,” he added.
Together these two projects have not only increased the hospital’s capacity but also its ability to centralize essential services and bring specialists representing a spectrum of cardiac care disciplines to work collaboratively in a single setting.
“By fully integrating all cardiac services under one roof, Memorial Hospital’s clinicians expect to shave up to 10 minutes or more off the time between when a patient arrives at the emergency room with an acute heart attack and the time when a patient’s arteries are dilated through catheterization, balloon angioplasty and vascular stenting to alleviate blockages and restore blood flow,” Dr. Greensweig said. “The benefit for patients is that the new institute is next door to the emergency department on the first floor and next door to the surgery department on the second level. This proximity helps to accelerate diagnosis and treatment when time is of the essence.”
The Heart & Vascular Institute has two new operating rooms along with two new cardiac catheterization suites to complement an existing one, making Memorial the only Santa Rosa hospital with three cath labs. The recently completed facility also has a new electrophysiology lab, a 10-bed observation unit along with nine post-operative recovery beds. There is also a patient lounge and garden plus facilities for the clinical staff.
“We know the population is aging. This demographic change is producing a larger number of retirees in Northern California who may have heart and vascular conditions that would have required inpatient surgical procedures years ago but who may now be treated in a cath lab on an outpatient basis. Our goal is to continue to move forward in establishing advanced medical service delivery systems, procedures and technologies. The Heart & Vascular Institute is a major step in achieving this objective,” said Dr. Greensweig.