Posted on January 24, 2019 by Sonoma Valley Sun
The infusion is working and the prognosis is good.
Having already raised $ 15 million through an ongoing fundraising campaign, Sonoma Valley Hospital is moving forward with the first phase of its new 20,000 square foot ambulatory diagnostic center.
The hospital currently performs 30,000 diagnostic imaging procedures each year. With upgrades, the hospital can increase that number – and its profit margin.
Kelly Mather, president and CEO of the hospital, says the current facility is in need of a serious upgrade.
“Diagnostic technology is evolving rapidly, and much of our existing technology is five to 10 years old and housed in a building constructed in 1972, long before imaging became the essential medical tool it is today. hui, ”she said.
Now funded, the first phase of the project – a state-of-the-art CT scanner (pictured) – will be in place by the end of 2019, Mather said. “This is particularly critical in cardiac assessment and emergency care.”
The next steps include a new MRI machine, with the move from an exterior trailer to an interior suite, centralizing all diagnostic services.
The effort to “bring hospital capacity into the 21st century” also strengthens the relationship with the hospital partner UCSF. “We anticipate this will serve as North Bay’s diagnostic hub, allowing UCSF patients to come here for diagnostic imaging rather than travel to town.”
All planning and construction costs, as well as equipment purchases, are funded through the fundraising campaign led by the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation.