North Coast hospital upgrades exceed half-billion dollars

From Marin to Mendocino, hospital projects underway represent at least a combined $550 million in construction spending.

And it's a number that will double when one of the largest projects -- the $500 million rebuild of Marin General Hospital -- gets off the ground as planned.

While the Marin Healthcare District moves forward with a general obligation bond of $350 million this November that would permit construction on the rebuild, a number of high-profile hospital rebuilds or upgrades are well underway throughout the region.

[caption id="attachment_73048" align="alignright" width="350"] An aerial view, from March, of Sutter Health's forthcoming $284 million hospital[/caption]

Chief among them is the brand-new Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, a $284 million, 82-bed hospital that will replace Sutter Health's aging, seismically unfit Chanate Road facility. The new hospital in northern Santa Rosa is on budget and on schedule for completion in June 2014. Construction began in 2010 after a nearly decade-long battle over its location was finally settled with the county. It will officially open to the public in October 2014, in order to train staff and physicians at the new hospital.

[caption id="attachment_73049" align="alignleft" width="324"] Queen of Valley in Napa will open its $130 million Herman Family Pavilion, which will include a brand-new intensive care unit.[/caption]

The next largest project is the $130 million Herman Family Pavilion at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, which will open next month. Underway since early 2011 after several delays, the three-story, 72,000 square-foot project moves the hospital's six-room surgery center into a newly constructed wing of the hospital. It also expanded its intensive care unit from 16 to 20 beds and includes Napa's first hybrid operating suite.

On the northern end of Napa Valley, Roseville-based Adventist Health is in the process of giving St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley a $20 million upgrade, which includes added capacity and much-need renovations to the facility that was originally constructed in 1948. Upgrades include improvements to the orthopedics unit, a mental health unit and the medical-surgery unit, the family birthing unit, the 12-bed ICU and the post critical care unit.

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