Hospital of the Future

The grand opening of a dramatic steel and glass Welcome Pavilion became the backdrop for a ground breaking ceremony in November, heralding the beginning of a four-year modernization project at NorthBay Medical Center.

NorthBay Healthcare board members and city and county officials posed with golden shovels and turned dirt for photos to mark the official beginning of construction of a three-story hospital wing and a renovation project to turn the hospital's previous lobby into a much larger Emergency Department.

“None of this would have been possible if not for the clear-sighted leadership and guidance provided by our board of directors during the past six decades,” said Gary Passama, NorthBay Healthcare President and CEO.

The Welcome Pavilion has been carefully designed with color, artwork and furnishings to provide a calm and relaxing patient experience. It features an electronic way-finding kiosk to help patients navigate through the medical center, a private patient registration area and a brand new NorthBay Guild Gift Shop.

“This pavilion is simply a harbinger of the new hospital that NorthBay Medical Center will become in the next few years as we invest nearly $200 million to bring more advanced medicine to the Fairfield and Suisun City communities,” said Konard Jones, Hospital Division president.

A new 77,000-square-foot wing will include six new state-of-the-art operating rooms, two new cardiac catheterization labs, a modern cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating, nutrition services, diagnostic imaging and supply rooms. Also included are 22 new “patient rooms of the future” featuring the latest technology in health care and 16 more post-acute care beds.

The old hospital lobby will be transformed into a 7,000-square-foot expansion of the Emergency Department. Phase 1 includes a new registration area, a new triage room, a manager's office, six new treatment bays, a new public restroom and a family consult area that will open in August 2017.

Phase 2 of the Emergency Department expansion remodels the existing registration, nurse's station, waiting room and three treatment rooms and adds four new rooms, three of which can be used for secure holding. It will be complete in early 2019.

Groups talking inside new dramatic steel welcome pavilion