Valley Hospital to Undergo a Major Transformation

October 16, 2008 9:20:13 PM PDT
An aging south valley hospital is about to undergo a major transformation. Officials with the Tulare District Hospital are unveiling those plans at a public meeting.This video is a glimpse into the future of the Tulare District Hospital. Administrators plan to transform the aging hospital into a state-of-the art four story facility with a helipad, digital imaging center and a surgery room that has robotic surgery capabilities.

Shawn Balouki, TDH CEO said, "if you look at the trend right now, we are seeing approx between 28-30,000 patients that come to our ER."

Officials say the hospital is at capacity, especially in the Emergency Room. Right now the ER has 6 patient rooms. The ER in the new building will have 24.

Bianca Cobarrubias said, "I think that it's actually a really good plan, the Tulare hospital's been around for a while. it's really small and the town is growing and I think it definitely needs a new hospital."

Officials say the hospital district has grown to serve 100-thousand people, with patients as far away as Tipton and Pixley. The current hospital facility is also more than fifty years old.

But before they start building, officials must first get the plans approved by the state. They also must come up with $35 million dollars to cover cost over-runs. They hope to break ground in 2010 with construction completed in 2012.

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