St. Joseph Hospital's new North East Wing set to open
Eureka (October 2, 2012) – St. Joseph Hospital is pleased to announce its new 100,000 square-foot
North East Wing is scheduled to open to patients on November 11, 2012.
The state-of-the-art, $145 million medical facility includes a pre-operative
department, post-anesthesia care unit, surgical suite and operating rooms,
intensive care unit (ICU), progressive care unit (PCU), expanded emergency
department and more.
While the majority of the work on the new tower is complete, activity is
still bustling inside and out, all in preparation for the November 11th opening. Training for nearly one-thousand staff members and volunteers,
which will orient them to the new facility, is underway and will continue
through mid-October. Equipment was recently installed in addition to the
furniture, ensuring it was placed in the proper location for maximum patient,
visitor and staff comfort. Crucial components of the opening, surveys
and inspections with state and local agencies, have been taking place
for months and will continue until patients are moved into the new facility.
St. Joseph Health broke ground on the North East Wing in October, 2007.
Laurie Watson Stone, VP of Ancillary & Support Services, says years
of planning and hard work were dedicated to bring this project to reality.
"Our employees, physicians, volunteers, donors and the entire community
can take pride in this state-of-the-art medical facility. The new North
East Wing shows St. Joseph Health's commitment to the North Coast
as it will allow us to continue providing high quality health care to
our patients for decades to come," Watson Stone said.
Departments in the tower include:
- First floor: Pre-operative department (17 patient beds), Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
- (10 beds) and Surgical Services (8 operating rooms and a catheterization lab).
- Second floor: Intensive Care Unit (12 beds) and Progressive Care Unit (40
patient care beds)
- Ground floor: Sterile Processing, Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray, Ultrasound
and CT) and the Emergency Department (20 treatment beds).
The project came about as the result of an unfunded mandate requiring all
hospitals to comply with updated state seismic laws by 2013. Though parts
of the existing St. Joseph Hospital facility are compliant, the original
building built in 1954 is not. The hospital began discussing the development
of a new seismically compliant expansion in 2000 and broke ground on the
facility in October 2007.
St. Joseph Hospital's North East Wing will house a new cardiac catheterization lab.
St. Joseph Hospital's new main entrance will be located in the North
East Wing as of November 11, 2012.
Anonymous donors give St. Joseph, Redwood Memorial Hospital hospitals over
St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital hospitals announced today that
a local couple has come forward with a gift of over $1 million. This gift
is the single largest financial donation from an individual the hospitals
have ever received.
Although the donors requested to remain anonymous, Paul McGinty, executive
director of the Redwood Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital Foundations
said the donors are strong advocates for the hospitals who care deeply
about retaining critical, life-saving health care services for all Humboldt
"I can tell you they are very kind-hearted, community-minded people
who wanted to do something with their money that would benefit others,"
McGinty said, adding that the donors also hoped their gift would inspire
others to support the hospitals.
The donation will benefit both St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and Redwood
Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, which are part of St. Joseph Health, a 14-facility
health system based in Orange, CA.
Over the past few years, philanthropic support for the hospitals has been
boosted by a successful capital campaign to raise funds supporting the
construction of the North East Wing at St. Joseph Hospital, a project
that is estimated to cost $145 million.
Earlier this year St. Joseph Hospital surpassed the $12.5 million first
phase fundraising goal, all of which was matched dollar-for-dollar by
its parent company, St. Joseph Health, for a total of $25 million. The
vast majority of the donations received in support of St. Joseph and Redwood
Memorial Hospital hospitals come from the local community
Current fundraising efforts at Redwood Memorial Hospital are targeted for
the renovation of the hospital's radiology room and purchase of much-needed
digital X-ray equipment.
For more information about ways to support St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial
Hospital hospitals, visit
www.redwoodmemorial.org. Information about planned giving options, Foundation program and special
events is available by clicking on the foundations link.