[caption id="attachment_20384" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Artist rendering of the proposed Sutter Health hospital north of Santa Rosa. The physician-owned facility would be built next to the hospital. (click to enlarge)"][/caption]
SANTA ROSA -- Sutter Health’s plan for a new hospital on the northern outskirts of the city cleared a major hurdle this evening, as the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors gave a nod to the proposed hospital.
After two and a half hours of testimony, the board voted 5-0 in support of certifying the project environmental impact report and approving the General Plan amendment and use permits to allow the hospital to be built next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
A final vote is set for Aug. 24.
Sutter said it would begin construction on the 82-bed, $284 million hospital in October once the final plan is approved. The hospital is set to open by 2014.