$225M expansion, renovation set for unveiling at NorthBay Medical Center in Solano County

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NorthBay Healthcare is putting the final touches on its approximately $225 million, three-phase expansion and renovation project at its NorthBay Medical Center, a level II trauma center in Fairfield.

The final phase of the 5-year project consisted of building a new 77,000-square-foot, three-story north wing that will open in October, according to a Sept. 9 announcement from the nonprofit organization that operates the facility. The earlier phases included expanding and renovating the emergency department, as well as building a new welcome pavilion.

The new north wing includes an additional 22 beds — bringing the hospital’s total number of beds to 154 — eight state-of-the-art surgical suites, a 16-bed post-anesthesia care unit, diagnostic imaging services, and a new 6,000-square-foot kitchen and café.

“The north wing required about eight years of planning and five years of design and construction, but the finished product was well worth the effort – for our medical staff, and more importantly, for the patients,” said B. Konard Jones, president and CEO.

The entire three-phase project cost approximately $225 million, according to Jones. In 2016, NorthBay Healthcare’s board of directors approved entering the bond market to raise $205 million, of which $200 million was allocated for the north wing. The remaining bond funding — designated for the emergency room and welcome pavilion — was augmented by cash from reserves and $5 million raised through community philanthropy, he said.

The first floor of the soon-to-open north wing includes a diagnostic imaging department, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art CT scanner, ultrasound, two radiology and fluoroscopy rooms, and Central Sterile, which supports surgical services. The kitchen also is on the first floor.

The 22 patient rooms are located on the second floor, along with four nurses’ stations and a waiting area. The eight surgical suites and 16 recovery beds are located on the third floor.

The second phase of the project involved expanding and renovating the emergency department. Work consisted of building a 7,000-square-foot expansion to add a CT scanner and 10 new treatment bays, for a total of 36 bays. That project was completed in February.

The first phase consisted of a new 4,500-square-foot welcome pavilion, which opened in November 2016.

“We can (now) deliver modern medicine close to where patients live,” Jones said. “People should not have to cross a bridge or travel hours to get complex medical care.”

Ratcliff Architects of Emeryville was the architect for the project, and DRP Construction of Sacramento was the general contractor.

Staff Writer Cheryl Sarfaty covers tourism, hospitality, health care and education. Reach her at cheryl.sarfaty@busjrnl.com or 707-521-4259.

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