In an effort to serve more patients as well as make their stay a little more pleasant, ValleyCare Health System recently opened a new floor with 24 beds at its medical center in Pleasanton.
Plans for the project were approved in May and construction began over the summer.
According to hospital Chief Financial Officer Ken Jensen, ValleyCare invested nearly $10 million for the first floor project, named One West Wing. It opened Jan. 19.
The floor is designated for medical and surgical patients. The rooms are private and include flat screen televisions and modern fixtures and finishes.
The expansion comes at a time when the hospital is working to serve patients while under severe space constraints.
"State and building inspections took place the first week of January and that timing couldn't be better," said Vice President of Nursing Services Jessica Jordan. "ValleyCare is currently at capacity, and we are so pleased to be opening this new wing just in time for the influx of patients."
ValleyCare has been working on a massive expansion project to its emergency room, concurrently with this project.
That project, to be constructed in three phases and estimated to cost $6.7 million, includes increasing the square footage of the ER from 4,000 to 10,000; bringing the total number of beds from 12 to 23, one triage area to two, two open registration stations to two private stations and from one waiting area that seats 10 to one seating 30; and adding a covered ambulance entrance.
The first phase, already under way, will cost $2.7 million, $1 million of which is being funded from county Measure A funds. ValleyCare, a nonprofit, is still raising $4 million needed for the second and third phases.
These expansions follow one announced in March of last year to the hospital's neonatal care unit (NICU).
In collaboration with UCSF Children's Hospital, the NICU, which cares for preemies and other infants needing a higher level of care, was expanded from four beds to 10. That project cost $1.8 million and funds are still being raised to pay for it.