Clovis Community Medical Center opens new building

CLOVIS, Calif.

Jerome Kasper is recovering from surgery at Clovis Community Hospital, however he's now doing it in a whole new building. Wednesday, he was one of the last few patients transferred into the hospital's new state-of-the-art bed tower.

Kasper says he is enjoying the new buildings amenities, which include private rooms and the GetWell Network, putting the internet and education at patient's fingertips.

"I just started playing with it and I liked what I see so far," Kasper said. "I mean to me, there's both technology, which is important."

The building also comes with an expanded emergency care, additional labor and delivery rooms and new dining options.

"Our new operating rooms which opened last Monday," Craig Castro said. "They are the most technically advanced in the U.S. Surgeons can be operating and be talking to the pathologist."

And since the patients have moved into the new building, crews can now begin renovating the older section of the hospital, all to meet the goal of doubling the hospital's capacity to more than 200 private rooms.

The five-story bed tower is just one piece of this major renovation project at Clovis Community. Right now, construction crews are working on a health center, medical plaza and women's pavilion. The entire Clovis Community Center is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

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