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Modernization Project Finish is Near

NorthBay Medical Center Emergency Department staff happily said goodbye to cramped work spaces and construction chaos and hello to their newly expanded facility in December.

It was the latest milestone in a multiphase, multiyear $200 million construction project on the Fairfield campus.

A special preview of the area was held just hours before it was officially opened for patient care. Employees were able to peek in on the new facility which expands the number of emergency beds from 19 to 29.

“Welcome to our new and old ER,” said Heather Venezio, Emergency Services and Trauma Program director, as she welcomed the crowd of employees who came to check out the new facility.

“When you walk around you’ll see we have new trauma bays — one devoted to cardiac resuscitation, and three high-acuity beds with patient lifts. We’ll have our own CT scanner — which is a really big deal — and it will be moved into the department in April. We have a bigger storage room, and a place to put carts, which will help cut down on clutter. We have an expanded nurses station and space for our social workers, case managers and security. I can tell you the ambulance crews are also very excited to know our new bay doors are open and ready,” she added.

“You’ve been living in chaos for some time and I want to thank everyone for their patience,” Traci Duncan, vice president and chief nursing officer for NorthBay Healthcare, told employees at the Dec. 14 ceremony.

Meanwhile, work continued on a new three-story wing that is the centerpiece of the campus modernization project. It will comprise eight new surgery suites, a post-acute care unit, an entire floor with the most modern patient rooms, a new cafeteria and nutrition services.

The wing is scheduled to undergo final inspection from state regulators in the spring of 2019 with an opening in August.

Ben Huber accepting accolades