Building a Bigger Hospital
Construction begins this month on a six-year project to nearly double the size of John Muir Medical Center’s Walnut Creek Campus. First, the hospital will build a five-story parking garage. Then it will build a five-story patient tower that will put the helipad, emergency room, imaging center, surgery center, and ICU in closer proximity to each other. This will streamline services for the medical center, which is one of nine designated trauma centers in the Bay Area and cares for 48,000 emergency patients a year.
The $620 million venture will also add 100 private beds to the busy hospital; the project is scheduled to wrap up in 2012. The neighborhood surely isn’t looking forward to six years of sawing and hammering, but the hospital is working with the construction crew to keep the noise down for the neighbors—not to mention the patients.