Breaking Ground: What do You Think of the Hospital's New Wing?

The Hospital breaks ground on their new facility this Thursday from 4:30 - 6 p.m.


The is having a big year – they inked an IPA agreement with Marin, passed measure A and now, finally, after months of planning and fund-raising they're nearing the start of a major renovation project.

A decade in the works, the hospital breaks ground on their new wing later this week. The 16-000-square-foot wing will house a new emergency room with trauma and triage facilities, new staff facilities, and a surgical center with three operating rooms. More importantly than the added space, the renovation will overhaul the hospital's tech facilities – building interlinked network access for use of electronic medical records.

You can find more information of the space on the hospital's website.

To celebrate the start of construction, the hospital is hosting a groundbreaking this Thursday, May 10 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. The event will boast speakers, a video about the hospital, and remarks from board members Madolyn Agrimonti and Bill Boerum and Mayor Joanne Sanders.

For Kelly Mather, president and CEO at the hospital, the organization is on the precipice of a period of great expansion and change.

"Now, for all of those of you who feel you need to go out of town for specialty care take note," Mather wrote in an open letter to Hospital patrons. "We now have, right here in town, thanks to our strong and growing relationship with , a wonderful urologist....[and a] outstanding hematologist/oncologist."    

So, what do you think of the new building project? Are you worried about parking and construction noise, like so many neighbors who have voiced concerns at ? Most importantly: Will you use the Sonoma Valley facility for critical medical care, or will you go out of town?

Dorothy May 08, 2012 at 01:38 PM
A full service medical center (hospital) will do well for Sonoma. It is worth putting up with the construction.
Richard May 08, 2012 at 08:47 PM
This is long overdue!!
Albert David May 08, 2012 at 09:50 PM
This will help the hospital better serve our community.
Dee Baucher May 09, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Do the math and make it public! How many specialists and primary care MD's have come and gone (lasting here only until all the freebie money is drained) within the last 2 decades?! How much has the hospital spent to recruit and subsidize these MD's ? The hidden financial realities of this facility are a disgrace... no matter how much private and tax-payer money gets flushed away to sustain the place... and costs of medical services remain far and above what other neighboring hospitals charge for the same care. Sonoma Valley Hospital is a huge money pit.... the administration and hospital board and local press need to be honest with the public, for a change.


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