San Ramon Regional Medical Center announced the approval of the new emergency department construction and the clinical laboratory expansion.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation, owner of the San Ramon hospital, recently approved the $10.7 million expense for the construction. After three years of planning, San Ramon Regional obtained California State approval and secured the needed funds to proceed with this project.
According to Gary Sloan, hospital CEO, “Tenet’s decision to fund this important project is reflective of its strong belief that San Ramon Regional Medical Center will grow and flourish in the future. The new construction project represents our commitment to respond to the needs of our growing community.”
The construction will increase the size of the emergency department (ED) and the clinical laboratory, expanding the footprint of the original building. The ED will become 8,900 square feet, and the patient capacity will increase from nine beds to 16 beds. The new construction will provide better patient flow and extensive upgrades to public areas. Improved quality of care features include: a negative-pressure isolation room for contagious or contaminated patients, private enclosed patient rooms, an enlarged waiting room, and a dedicated radiographic (X-ray) machine in the ED.
For improved convenience and work flow, the ED and laboratory will be adjacent with a door linking the two departments. The laboratory expansion will provide larger work-space areas for the chemistry, hematology and blood bank departments.
“I am particularly proud of our achievement in developing an extraordinary hospital that serves our community and physicians with distinction,” said Sloan. “This expansion project is a key element of our growth and development as it represents the strength of our commitment and ability to respond to our many constituencies. We will be better prepared for community disasters, better equipped to respond to community emergency needs, and more responsive to physician and patient care necessities.”
San Ramon Regional Medical Center opened in 1990 and is a 123-bed acute care hospital. It provides inpatient, outpatient and 24-hour emergency services. The hospital is licensed to receive patients by ambulance through the Contra Costa County and Alameda County Emergency Medical Services.
San Ramon Regional Medical Center is a STEMI Receiving Center for Contra Costa County. A STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) is a high-risk heart attack in which the heart muscles begin to die. A STEMI can be reversed by specialized cardiac procedures that are best given with 90 to 120 minutes of a heart attack’s first sign of chest pain.