Most people are unfamiliar with the inner workings of an emergency room,
either because they don't work in one, or they are fortunate enough
to have never experienced a medical emergency.
But an ER serves as a safety net for all of us, ready to respond with lifesaving
care if we find ourselves in a sudden medical emergency.
For those in our community who have found themselves in the ER at Rideout
Memorial Hospital, you know that it could be a busy and uncomfortable
place. Rideout provides emergency care to more than 55,000 people every
year. Yet, we were built for only 25,000. With that level of demand, wait
times were long, patients often received care in makeshift stations, and
staff had to come up with creative solutions to address the lack of space.
That's why the long-awaited opening of our new ER earlier this month
was such a momentous achievement not just for our hospital, but for our
After a lengthy review process, the state gave its final approval after
onsite inspections on May 13, and we didn't waste any time, accepting
our first patient only a few hours later. Our expanded emergency department,
which houses an additional 13-new beds and 5,000 square feet of new space
and medical technology, now allows us to provide high quality care to
local residents with reduced wait times. It elevates the quality of our
institution and delivers the high standards of excellence that our community
deserves. And it's already being put to good use. After one week,
we have provided care to 1,410 patients. What a win for our community.
Within a day of opening our new ER, we received more good news. Rideout's
Joint Commission accreditation was also officially confirmed. The accreditation
is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects Rideout’s
commitment to meeting established hospital performance standards and best
The health and wellbeing of our community is most important to us. The
approval and expansion of our emergency department is one of many improvements
Rideout is undergoing to enhance our ability to offer unparalleled medical
care to our community.
An additional 220,000 square foot expansion of our current facilities is
scheduled for completion by the end of this year. The new six-story tower
will house an updated Women & Infant Service (labor & delivery)
with single rooms providing more personalized and private care for patients
and their families. A recovery area for patients undergoing more invasive
medical procedures has been designed to allow enhanced care and more efficient
staffing. In our Yuba City facility, we are augmenting our outpatient
surgery offering allowing more access to patients in need.
Collaborations with local and regional medical centers will also increase
to align our care and provide the right options to our patients. Collaborations
such as the Rideout Cancer Center, which is a partnership with the University
of California Davis Cancer Care Network, give our community access to
other specialized care in our region.
We are also in the midst of a comprehensive survey by the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services to ensure we meet their strenuous regulations and
requirements for treating Medicare and MediCal patients in our area.
Each of these steps forward is a win for our community.
They say that the most fulfilling part of the job for a physician is when
we help a patient heal. That's certainly been true for me, but during
the last five months at Rideout, I've experienced a new level of fulfillment
as I've watched the hard work of each one of our medical, nursing,
allied health care providers, and administrative staff transform our hospital
and elevate the level of care we provide. I'm extremely proud of what
my colleagues have helped accomplish, and I know we're just getting started.
We will continue – every day – to improve our quality and build
a sustainable future that ensures Rideout’s role as a trusted pillar
in our community’s healthcare needs for generations to come.