Written by The Business Journal Staff
The conference center includes the 216-seat Pete P. Peters Auditorium, equipped with the latest audio-visual technology allowing broadcast and video conferencing in the facility to anywhere in the world. Craig Castro, CEO of Clovis Community Medical Center, said the mission of the new conference center is educate the community.
“This is here for the public, physicians and staff to learn about the latest and greatest health care techniques,” Castro said.
The 22,000 square-foot facility also includes a foyer area, 50-seat conference room, two computer training rooms and two small conference rooms. The facility can also receive streaming audio and video from the hospital’s inpatient surgery suites. The foyer area can also hold an additional spillover of 150 people who can view the auditorium presentation on what Castro called “the Jumbotron” — a bank of 24 forty-nine-inch plasma televisions.
Of the $12 million-plus price tag, more than $6 million came from private gifts. The conference center is named for the late Fresno business leader H. Marcus Radin. The Radin Foundation contributed $3 million to the project.
The conference center is on the Temperance Avenue entrance to the hospital, across from the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center, named after Marcus Radin’s wife in 2005.
Another $1-million gift was made by the Pete P. Peters Foundation to name the auditorium. The gift was made last year before Peters’ death in 2012. An additional $2.2 million was donated by a dozen other donors.
Castro was particularly proud of the roster of local businesses that worked on the building, including Fresno’s Dave Henderson of Henderson Architectural Group, New England Sheet Metal, Howe Electric, Facility Designs and Clovis Glass.
Maryland-based Clark Construction has been the principal builder on Clovis Community’s $300 million expansion push in recent years, scheduled to be complete by the end of 2014. The expansion will nearly double the hospital’s capacity to 204 private rooms.