Steel rises up for new Sutter hospital

Construction continues to progress at the site of Sutter Health's forthcoming $284 million new hospital, next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Northern Santa Rosa, that will replace its aging, seismically unfit Chanate facility.

In late January, the first signs of an actual building emerged from the ground, as steel frames that will house the west wing of the hospital were erected.  Also in January, the old telephone polls on Mark West Springs Road were removed, and work has begun on the building of a new bus stop in front of the new hospital.

[caption id="attachment_49266" align="alignright" width="350" caption="The new Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa is on target to be completed in 2014."][/caption]

Sutter said construction is on time and continues to be on pace for completion in fall 2014. From March through June of this year, construction on the foundation of the hospital's east wing will take place. In April, construction on the hospital's central utility plant will begin, and all other site work will resume through the dry season. That will include the completion of the Mark West Springs Road widening, as well as an expanded freeway off ramp, building of parking lots and on site roads. From June through December, the exterior wall framing, roofing and enclosure of the building will take place.

The new hospital will have 82 beds with the possibility of a 27-bed expansion and the site will total more than 316,000 square feet across 25 acres. It will include 80,000 square feet of medical office buildings.***

Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa announced the appointment of Vincent Morgese as the hospital's executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief medical officer.

Dr. Morgese has been serving in this role on an interim basis since July of last year. He is responsible for the efficiency of operations at the 191-bed hospital and oversees all medical programs and quality initiatives. He will also work closely with physicians and staff to oversee the following departments: medical staff services, quality/performance improvement, compliance, health information services, clinical information services, IT, lab services, radiology and construction.

Dr. Morgese works closely with medical leadership throughout St. Joseph Health System, Queen of the Valley's parent company, as a participant in the health system's Physician Leadership Council. He is a neurosurgeon who has been practicing in the Napa Valley since 1993. He joined Queen of the Valley in 2005 as chief medical officer.***

Clinic Ole in Napa recently celebrated an open house for its newest location on Old Sonoma Road at the county Health and Human Services campus.

The new location, a former administration office for HHS, will serve as a primary care center for its mental health and substance abuse patients, which in turn will free up space at the clinic's main location, officials said. By having the new location on the site of county health services, the patients can be steered toward other county services, should they need them.  The new satellite location will house one family physician and one nurse practitioner

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