Health Care: Sutter breaks ground for hospital

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Sutter Health last week celebrated the formal groundbreaking for its new, $284 million hospital in Santa Rosa that will replace the seismically unsafe Chanate facility.

After nine years of submitting and resubmitting plans to Sonoma County officials and searching for the best location, the Sacramento-based hospital group was given final approval in August, when it was determined by the Board of Supervisors and the Sonoma County Health and Human Services Department that land use permits, the environmental impact review and health access agreements would be met by Sutter’s latest plan.

The new hospital will have 82 beds with the possibility of a 27-bed expansion and will be built next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts just north of Santa Rosa.

[caption id="attachment_25241" align="alignright" width="346" caption="Sutter Health celebrated at a formal groundbreaking for its new $284 million hospital in Santa Rosa. Pictured: Supervisor Paul Kelley, Sutter Health Senior VP Mike Cohill and Sutter Health West Bay Region President Martin Brotman"][/caption]

The first elements of construction, which is expected to take four years, will include clearing vegetation, grading and soil surcharging. The site will include 80,000 square feet of medical office buildings. Sutter said the hospital is expected to open in the fall of 2014.

Sutter, the county’s fourth-largest employer, also said it has spent more than $3 million on design, environmental review and entitlement processes that will be conducted by local companies. The county will also benefit financially, Sutter said, with $2.5 million going toward local government during the entitlement process. All told, $5.5 million will be paid to the county in mitigation fees by the time construction is completed, Sutter estimates.

“We are building a hospital designed for 21st century patient care that will additionally provide ongoing economic stimulus far into the future,” said Mike Purvis, chief administrative officer for Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa.***

[caption id="attachment_25250" align="alignright" width="270" caption="New Kaiser Permanente five-story hospital wing"][/caption]

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