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Modernization Project Hits Its Stride

The modernization of NorthBay Medical Center – a multiphase, multiyear $200 million construction project – hit a major milestone in 2017 when the Fairfield hospital's Emergency Department began taking the first patients into expanded space.

Without much fanfare, the first patient was accepted on Oct. 18, not long after a state inspector gave the final thumbs up.

The former lobby, entrance, patient check-in, rapid treatment area, triage and three patient rooms were then closed so a second phase of modernization could begin.

The new space allows the ED to adopt a new process, thereby having ambulatory patients seen in more traditional exam rooms, saving actual hospital beds for the really sick patients.

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Also completed in 2017 were renovations to some sections of the oldest wings of the hospital. New floors, paint and room refurbishments were done to improve the patient experience in the areas of the hospital that provide general patient care.

Meanwhile, work continued on schedule on the centerpiece of the campus modernization project: the three-story addition to the hospital that will comprise eight new surgery suites, a post-acute care unit, an entire floor with “patient rooms of the future,” a new cafeteria and nutrition services.

The high-rise portion was completely enclosed before the rainy season began. Crews from DPR Construction and its subcontractors will spend all of 2018 completing the interior work. Following final inspection from state regulators, the new wing should open in early 2019.

The Fairfield hospital campus was not the only venue where improvements were being made.

On the Hilborn campus in west Fairfield, workers were in high gear to complete a new outpatient orthopedic center. Patients who undergo joint replacement and those who are recuperating from orthopedic injuries will have a new center for their rehabilitation. The project is slated to open in early 2018.

Crews were racing all of December to put the final touches on an innovative new endeavor – a retail medical urgent care clinic in Vacaville.

Opened January 10, 2018, NorthBay Urgent Care at the Nut Tree in Vacaville is the county's first and most technologically advanced clinic of its kind. Located across from the plaza at the iconic shopping complex where the carousel and Nut Tree train operate, the center is a 24/365 operation.

President and CEO B. Konard Jones noted the latest projects follow the completion of VacaValley Wellness Center on the Vacaville campus that now houses the NorthBay Cancer Center, a variety of outpatient services, plus the county's only medical fitness center, NorthBay HealthSpring Fitness.

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