Since 2009, we've been on an important journey. Along with delivering quality care to the community, our organization has been focused on realizing its vision of "a regional medical center offering advanced medicine and a full continuum of healthcare services." Cost controls, increased efficiencies, quality score improvements, technology investments, and recruiting the best and brightest medical professionals, have all played a part in the pursuit of this vision. Now, all that hard work has taken us a giant step closer to making the vision a reality.
The board has approved the plans and the commitment of funds for a construction and development program that will expand the footprint and facilities of the Rideout campus and create a truly 21st century medical center, occupying six square blocks in historic Marysville. The expansion will include the much-anticipated enhancements to the Emergency Department, already a Level III trauma center and STEMI-receiving center.
In 2013, we doubled the size of our renowned Cancer Center, which 12 years ago was a bold new venture with UC Davis, that became a model for similar facilities around the state.
And, the construction program will include a brand new six-floor hospital building and tower, connected to the current structure, and complete with a rooftop heliport for Life Flight operations.
It's an exciting time for all of us at Rideout as, amid myriad challenges, we move ahead together to build, literally and figuratively, a healthcare organization that brings the best in medical services and facilities to the Yuba-Sutter region.