Clovis Community Opens New 5-Story Bed Tower

Nov 29, 2012 No Comments by

CLOVIS, Calif. – As part of its multi-year, $300 million expansion and renovation project, Clovis Community Medical Center opened its new 5-story, private patient room bed tower on its campus Wednesday morning.

Over 1,000 hospital staff had been trained for the transition of over 100 patients from the old 3-story, 60-bed tower that was built in 1988.  In addition to the private rooms, the new wing has features that include extra labor and delivery rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms, da Vinci robotic technology, a redesigned lobby and dining area, and most of the newly designed Emergency Department.

Craig Castro, CEO of Clovis Community Medical Center

Craig Castro, CEO of Clovis Community Medical Center, said that the new operating rooms are the most technically advanced in the western United States.  While surgeons operate in the surgical suites they can communicate with a pathologist, who by looking through a microscope can show the surgeon on a monitor what tissue needs to be removed.

Patient Jerry Kasper of Clovis, who recently had his gall bladder moved due to acute pancreatitis, was moved into his new private room Wednesday morning, and was enjoying the privacy it offered.  He was also taking advantage of advanced technology.  From a keyboard that rested in his lap and a TV monitor on the wall, he was not only able to watch popular TV programs, he could also call his nurse, surf the Internet, and research information on his condition and treatment.

“Recovering in a hospital is not the hospital’s job alone,” he said.  “It’s my job and the hospital’s job.”

The new tower is just another step in the hospital’s master plan, which began to play out with the opening of the Outpatient Care Center in 2008.  It will conclude before the end of next year with the opening of a Health & Education Conference Center and Medical Office Building.

“We have something that will give people a favorable experience here like they won’t find anywhere else,” Castro said.

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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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