The board of trustees of Community Medical Centers has approved a $390m, four-year construction project that will add 144 private beds and expand services at Clovis Community Medical Center in California, US.
The 190,000ft² expansion project will feature a five-storey bed tower and will add 15,000ft² to the hospital’s emergency room, create six additional operating rooms, 24 additional ICU beds, as well as expand the radiology, pharmacy and laboratory services, along with the kitchen and dining areas.
The project will include additional parking structure and a two-storey, 60,000ft² clinical and administrative support building.
Upon completion in 2022, Clovis Community will have 352 all-private inpatient beds and provides jobs for an additional 420 nurses, therapists, technicians and support staff.
Community’s president and CEO Tim Joslin said: “We need to significantly expand inpatient capacity in our hospital system, and this Clovis project is the quickest and most cost-effective way to do it.”
Site work will begin in May 2018 and the expansion project is expected to employ 2,500 construction workers, majority of them local.
Funding will come from Community’s operations and from donations.
In 2014, the four-hospital system completed a similar expansion at Clovis Community, investing $320m to double the hospital’s capacity and convert it to all-private rooms.
In March 2018, a new parking garage and medical office building were completed at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.
A 100,000ft² cancer centre, which is under construction, is expected to open in August 2018.
The board has recently approved two additional projects – a 12-bed expansion at Community Behavioral Health Center and construction of a 150-bed skilled nursing facility in Clovis.
Joslin said: “The Clovis Community expansion is one part of a decade-long strategy to meet the Valley’s growing need for different kinds of inpatient and outpatient care settings – all of which must work together seamlessly.”
He said that the Clovis expansion and other building projects will together add 300 beds to the Community system.
He, however, said: “But then we’ll also need a massive expansion on our downtown Community Regional campus to meet the demand we’re seeing for neurosciences, cardiac care, paediatrics, and other specialised services.”
Over the past 10 years, Community has invested more than $1bn to expand and renovate its facilities.