Section: News

St. Joseph Hospital’s New North East Wing Set to Open

St. Joseph Hospital’s New North East Wing Set to Open

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 $1 million

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 County residents.

"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 or Information about planned giving options, Foundation program and special events is available by clicking on the foundations link.

Share Your Story

Are you interested in sharing
your experience with us?

Yes I am
Share Your Story