Sutter Roseville Begins One-Year Countdown on Completion of Expansion
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Throughout its 21-year history at its current location, Sutter Roseville Medical Center has never stopped growing with the community and region it serves. From expanding the Family Birth Center and the Emergency Department to building Sutter Rehabilitation Institute and new medical offices, Sutter Roseville has been in a state of constant evolution to meet the needs of its patients.
This time next year, the next stage in Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s evolution will be complete: a 98,400-square-foot expansion featuring a new three-story building focused on emergency services and critical care. With construction well underway, the amount of detailed planning that went into the project on behalf of physicians, staff, patients and visitors becomes increasingly evident in everything from layout to materials.
“Sutter Roseville Medical Center delivers complex and advanced medical care in an environment that promotes healthier outcomes, and we do it in an area that’s growing and changing very quickly,” said Sutter Roseville CEO Brian Alexander. “That’s a commitment that calls for highly trained physicians and care teams, modern facilities, advanced technology, and dedication to patient- and family-centered care — all of which were huge drivers behind this expansion.”
Directly outside the current Emergency Department, the new building will include: 35 additional emergency treatment beds, increasing the total number of emergency beds to 69, plus seven triage rooms; 36 additional intensive care beds (24 upon construction, plus 12 shelled for the future); three catheterization labs, plus one available for future growth; and four operating and/or procedure rooms shelled for future use.
Sutter Roseville is the premier Level II Trauma Center for the seven-county region, meaning that it features the highly specialized skills and equipment necessary to handle more complicated, critically ill and injured emergency cases as well as the more “routine” emergencies.
When the Emergency Department was expanded in 2005, it was built to treat up to 65,000 patients annually. But Placer County’s explosive growth has Sutter Roseville in reality seeing more than 83,000 emergency and trauma patients each year — a difference of nearly 30 percent.
Of the 10 biggest cities in California, Sacramento is seeing the largest percentage gain in population. Placer County — where Roseville is located — is also one of the fastest growing counties in the state. At the same time, the age of the area’s population is shifting upward, putting pressure on the local healthcare system. Staff and physicians have been creative and effective in deploying stopgap measures, but the expansion represents a more sustainable solution.
During a recent tour of the construction site, Keegan Kirby, clinical manager of Sutter Roseville’s Emergency Department, pointed to the many features that will improve patient care in essence by making it easier for doctors and staff to do their jobs. Some of those features include: patient rooms that are completely identical in layout; medications, supplies and workspaces that are centrally located; and a satellite pharmacy for the most critically ill or injured patients.
“We want a flexible space that allows us to take care of any kind of patient — these are key things to provide that care, so we wanted to make sure they were easily accessible,” Keegan said.
Other components of the expansion include moving the Emergency Department main entrance to the new building to create a larger space for vehicle traffic and patient access. The new lobby will also be expanded to accommodate more patients and families waiting for services, as well as better connection to triage rooms and care services. With natural light and aesthetic choices, the new building and remodeled space will complement Sutter Roseville’s overall healing environment that serves patient and family needs and promotes mind and body health.
Said Joan Touloukian, Sutter Roseville Medical Center’s master plan project director: “The entire project is designed to increase capacity in an efficient yet patient-centered environment, providing emergency and critical care that is as much about the practical as it is about the personal.”
A webcam has been following the project from the beginning of construction two years ago. Click here to view the current project, click on “Time-Lapse” for a video review of the construction from the start, and check back often to see progress being made.