Clovis Community Hospital Begins Expansion

September 17, 2008 7:52:44 PM PDT
Twenty years ago when Clovis Community Hospital opened many worried it was too big for such a small community. Now the facility needs to expand to keep pace with the valley's rapid growth.The removal of an entire orange grove has opened up the view of Clovis Community. Expansion Project Director Laurie Alves said "That's what Clovis has been known for the last twenty years, the little hospital in the orange grove. The majority of the trees are still gonna stay here on the Clovis campus. "

A parking lot is being paved where the oranges used to grow. Clovis Community is in the middle of a major expansion - one which allows the hospital to open up more room for the Marjorie Radin Breast Care Center as well as a new endoscopy center.

Surgical Services Director Drenda Montgomery said "On the first floor of the expansion we're creating an Endoscopy center, which will be self-contained, self-sustaining and will have its own pre-operative area."

The 109-bed hospital has long been at capacity. Four operating rooms will be added. Over a thousand surgeries are performed here every month. Laurie Alves said "We've been extremely busy over the last two years. We're very excited about the new surgery rooms because of the 45-percent increase in surgeries we've had in the last two years."

Clovis Community is just trying to keep up with the area's growth. Last month 325 babies were born here, well over the average of 280. Drenda Montgomery added "Now we're bursting at the seams even with this outpatient expansion, I think with the movement of people to the north end of the valley and out here in Clovis it can't come soon enough for us."

The expansion will be complete in the fall of 2009. Long-range plans call for Clovis Community to double in size.

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