Sacramento: Health Care
Sacramento is well served by medical care facilities. The acclaimed University of California at Davis Medical Center is located in Sacramento. Its 141-acre campus includes a 528-bed hospital. Originally founded in 1852 as Sacramento County Hospital, it was acquired by the university and renamed The University of California, Davis Medical Center in 1973. The campus's Shriner's Hospital for Children, providing pediatric care in three specialty programs—orthopaedics, spinal cord injury treatment and rehabilitation, and acute burn treatment and rehabilitation—was built in 1997. The medical center is the region's only Level I comprehensive adult and pediatric trauma center. Specialty services include a Trauma Service that utilizes Life Flight; a Burn Center; a kidney transplant service; a regional poison control center; a corneal transplant service; a regional mental health program; an extensive family practice program; a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; a comprehensive rehabilitation center; and seven specialized intensive care units including a Neurological Surgery Intensive Care Unit. The medical center is undergoing a $6.1 million addition to its Cancer Center, scheduled for completion in 2005, and has several other development projects in the works. The expansion, at a cost of more than $400 million, is expected to be completed by 2012.
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, includes Sutter General Hospital, Sutter Memorial Hospital, and Sutter Center for Psychiatry. In 2003, Sutter Memorial Hospital and Sutter General Hospital became the first hospitals on the West Coast to begin utilizing electronic ICU with advanced video and electronic monitoring as a remote high-tech surveillance system of their most critically ill patients. Among the specialties of the hospitals are critical care, neuroscience, renal dialysis, respiratory rehabilitation, spinal care, and urology. Sutter Center for Psychiatry provides psychiatric and mental health services to adults, adolescents and children age five and older. Mercy General Hospital, operated by Catholic Healthcare West, offers specialty services that include a birth center, eye and heart institutes, and orthopedic, neuro-science, spine, and rehabilitation services. Kaiser Permanente has launched an expansion of its South Sacramento hospital, which will add 200,000 square feet to the hospital complex. The project includes a five-story hospital tower with 81 new hospital beds; a two-story outpatient surgery building; a four-story parking structure; a helicopter pad; and a new, single-story emergency department building. The outpatient surgery center is projected to open in mid-2008, followed by completion of the hospital addition in 2009.
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