Hospitals, health centers planning new facilities, expansions

$284 million Sutter hospital to begin; new Kaiser tower

Nearly every sector within health care in the North Bay is undergoing rapid expansion, reflecting a nationwide trend that shows little sign of a respite.

Hospitals are expanding or being rebuilt entirely. Outpatient facilities continue to crop up as a broader patient base is sought by some providers. Physicians groups are racing to recruit more doctors to their ranks to ensure purchasing power while maintaining a competitive advantage. And federally qualified health centers, with a significant increase in federal funding and a clearer role in light of health care reform, are consistently doubling in size in an effort to treat an influx of patients.

The following is just a sampling of the quickly growing health care companies and providers across the North Bay, from corporate giants to rural clinics.


Sacramento-based Sutter Health just weeks ago received final approval for a new hospital in Santa Rosa that will replace the aging Chanate Road facility, a project expected to cost $284 million through four years of construction. Sutter said the construction and permitting process will produce thousands of well-paying jobs, as it will seek as many local companies as possible for construction and design.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Santa Rosa will open a five-story, 146,400-square-foot wing at its existing location in October, marking the end of seven years of planning and construction for the expansion that will add 50 beds to 117 licensed beds already in place.

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