Trends for 2013: Health Care: Hundreds of millions in hospital construction to accelerate

In the next 12 to 18 months, the North Bay will see significant hospital and health care construction, with at least half a dozen major projects entering key phases or reaching completion.

Chief among such projects is the new $284 million hospital being constructed just north of Santa Rosa by Sutter Health, which will enter the near-finishing stages for its planned opening in 2014.  

The new hospital will replace Sutter's current facility on Chanate Road, which has been deemed seismically unfit, a theme affecting a number of other sizable North Bay projects in Marin and Sonoma counties, including Sonoma Valley Hospital's $39 million upgrade, Queen of the Valley's $122 million project and Marin General Hospital's plans to complete a $500 million rebuild of its 235-bed facility.

[caption id="attachment_34895" align="alignright" width="346"] An artist’s rendering of the new Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa under construction near the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.[/caption]

While the latter project is tentatively scheduled for completion in 2020, the Marin Healthcare District, which owns the facility, hopes to have a $250 million general obligation bond on the November 2013 ballot that would cover most of the construction costs. The remaining costs of the project would be covered by general obligation bonds and a capital campaign.

In Napa, St. Joseph Health-owned Queen of the Valley expects to complete a $122 million seismic upgrade that includes a 72,000 square-foot, three-story acute-care center scheduled for completion in June 2013. It could begin seeing patients as soon as July or August pending approval by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

The new wing, named the Herman Family Pavilion, will have six suites for operations, 16 pre- and post-operation bays, 20 private intensive care rooms and a clinical and pathology laboratory that can add space as needed.

Queen of the Valley said it will be among the first hospitals in California to receive the third-highest level of certification, or “gold,” under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) rating system for “green” health care facilities.

"It's on time and slightly under budget," hospital spokeswoman Vanessa DeGier said.

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