Workers clear debris the site of Adventist Health’s Fowler Medical Plaza now under construction. It’s the largest of three new clinics Adventist is building in the South Valley. Below is an artist’s rendering of how the finished building will look. Adventist is partnering with Valley Children’s Hospital to develop the $35 million, 46,000-square-foot Fowler facility off Highway 99, which will include a 4.5-acre park. Photo by David Castellon
Written by David Castellon
Hundreds of millions of dollars worth of construction projects are currently in the works in the Central Valley. Here’s a look at some of them.
Clovis Community Medical Center
In April, the medical centers’ board of trustees approved a four-year construction project intended to add 144 private beds and expand several services.
The $390 million, 190,000-square-foot expansion project will include a five-story tower and the addition of 15,000 square feet to the hospital’s emergency room, while also adding six operating rooms and 24 intensive care unit beds. The expansion also will increase space for radiology, pharmacy and laboratory services, along with the hospital’s kitchen and dining areas.
In addition, construction of a new parking structure and a two-story, 60,000-square-foot clinical- and administrative-support building are part of the plan.
Work is underway on all these projects, but no projected completion dates were offered on the individual ones.
When they’re all done in 2022, Clovis Community will have 352 private inpatient beds and be able to hire an additional 420 nurses, therapists, technicians and support staff.
Funding for the expansion will come from hospital income and donations.
This will be the second major expansion project at the Clovis hospital following a $320 million project that began in 2014 that doubled the hospital’s capacity and converted it to all-private rooms.
In addition, a $65 million, nearly 100,000-square-foot cancer treatment and research center is under construction and expected to open in August.
The center will offer comprehensive outpatient treatment for various types of cancer, and medical staff there will conduct research in conjunction with University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, with a goal of becoming a “Designated Cancer Center” by the National Cancer Institute.
Community Behavioral Health Center, Clovis
A 12-bed expansion is planned in the coming year, as is the start of construction of a 150-bed skilled nursing facility.
The expansion is part of a decade-long strategy to meet the Valley’s growing need for different kinds of inpatient and outpatient care.
Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno
Last month, the hospital’s newly built seven-story, 477,000-square-foot parking garage opened, adding 1,440 parking spaces.
That same month, a new 180,000-square-foot medical office building opened on the hospital campus. The five-story building currently houses an outpatient dialysis center, the hospital’s diabetes education program, an outpatient rehabilitation center and pediatric specialties services.
No new major construction projects are planned over the next year.
Family HealthCare Network
The Visalia-based health provider took over operations on June 25 at the Deran Koligian Ambulatory Care Center, Disease Management Center and the Surgical Services Center on the Community Regional Medical Center campus in Fresno. The new operations will make available 14 new specialties to patients of Family HealthCare Network.
Community Regional and Family Healthcare announced in February the partnership that is intended to expand services for Medi-Cal patients by providing greater access to outpatient, primary and specialty healthcare services in Fresno.
The doctors already working at the centers will be contracted to continue under Family HealthCare, and the health provider also will work with the University of California, San Francisco’s Fresno Medical Education Program to continue training residents and fellows in the clinics.
Work is also underway to convert three buildings in Tulare County into clinics.
The first is set to open in mid June on Vermont Avenue in Dinuba.
The new location in East Porterville, a former Longs Drugs at 65 N. Hockett St., is scheduled to open in the fall. Encompassing 15,000 square feet, it will offer primary care, dental and optometry services, along with a full-service pharmacy.
Also set to open in the fall is a new 17,000-square-foot health center offering the same services at the site of the former Dollar Tree store at the Valley Oaks Shopping Center off Mooney Boulevard in south Visalia.
United Health Centers
UHC currently is building two new health centers and expanding another in Fresno County.
The 12,000-square-foot UHC Selma Health Center, scheduled to open in November, will offer general health care services, along with dental, behavioral health, chiropractic and optometry care and pharmacy, lab and x-ray areas.
The UHC Huron Health Center under construction will offer the same services, along with an urgent care clinic with extended weekday hours and weekend hours. When finished in December, it will replace a smaller clinic currently operating in the city.
Meanwhile, 2,150 square feet of the UHC Mendota Health Center is being remodeled to create an urgent care suite with six exam rooms that is expected to be completed some time in the fall.
HCH also is building a new, 53,000-square-foot headquarters in north Fresno, near Herndon and Brawley avenues, with plans to move administrators there in January from their current office in Parlier. Some time after that, the Parlier office space will be converted to create extra exam rooms for UHC’s medical clinic there.
Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center
Construction is scheduled to begin this month on adding 69 new parking spaces near the hospital at the intersection of Fresno Street and Alluvial Avenue. The area around the new parking area will be surrounded by drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce water usage, along with new electric vehicle charging stations and LED lighting.
The project is expected to be completed within four months.
Valley Children’s Hospital
Starting in July, the hospital will open the first of three new pediatric specialty clinics in the Valley.
The first to open will be Magnolia Pediatrics, occupying a little more than 5,200 square feet in an 18,000-square-foot building at East Herndon and North Clovis avenues in Clovis.
Discussions are underway to find tenants for the rest of the building.
A second, larger practice, Pelandale Specialty Care Center, is set to open in February in Modesto, while the third and largest, Fowler Medical Plaza, at 46,000 square feet, is scheduled to open some time in the spring of next year.
Valley Children’s is partnering with Adventist Health to develop the $35 million, 46,000-square-foot Fowler facility off Highway 99, which will include a 4.5-acre park.
Hospital officials hope to develop plans within the next 12-19 months to construct a new medical building at least 50,000 square feet in size on 4.4 acres near Herndon Avenue and First Street in Fresno. Initial plans are for the site to include pediatric subspecialty services and office space.
In addition, the hospital is in escrow to purchase 6.2 acres of property off Caldwell Avenue and Highway 99 in Visalia, with plans to build another regional pediatric specialty care center there.
Expectations are to have both facilities up and running within about three years.
Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno
The hospital is partnering with San Diego-based California Cancer Care Associates for Research and Excellence (cCARE), California’s largest independent group of cancer and hematology specialists, to develop a 31,830-square-foot cancer center on the Saint Agnes campus. The $12 million project is expected to be completed this summer.
The Saint Agnes Medical Foundation, also known as “Saint Agnes Care,” plans to add in the coming year two offsite care centers. One will be a primary and urgent care practice at 2497 E. Herndon Ave. in Fresno, a site owned by Valley Children’s Hospital.
The second site will be built inside the new Clovis Senior Center under a partnership with the city of Clovis and specialize in geriatric care.
Adventist Health, Selma
Construction is nearly complete on the hospital’s first intensive care unit. The $5.1 million, six-bed facility is expected to open in late summer.
Renovations also are underway in the emergency department. That $7.1 million project will include the addition of eight patients room and a renovated waiting area. The anticipated completion date is some time next year.
Adventist Health, Hanford
Construction is underway to expand the Adventist Health Hanford Breast Care Center at an expected cost of $1.1 million.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Naval Health Clinic Lemoore
Work will begin some time before October to renovate the hospital’s two-story atrium. The $1.8 million project will include flooring repairs and interior painting.
Madera Community Hospital
Work was completed in early June on replacing the air handler servicing the hospitals medical surgical floor.
By some time this winter, work is expected to be completed on renovating two surgical patient rooms to offer added space and furnishings to accommodate larger numbers of visiting family members.
Kaweah Delta Medical Center, Visalia
Construction will begin this winter on a $32.8 million expansion of the emergency department, which is among the busiest in the state. Plans are to add 34 beds and a fast-track area, the latter to care for patients with minor illnesses and injuries. Completion is expected some time next summer.
Some time this summer, work is expected to be completed on a $6.5 million construction project to add two new obstetric operating rooms to accommodate birthing mothers needing C-sections. Kaweah Delta delivers about 4,200 babies a year and that number is rising.
When Kaweah Delta completed construction of its Acequia Wing in 2009, some floors were left unfinished. Starting in December through next summer, plans are to finish the building’s fifth floor to accommodate 24 intermediate critical care beds that will allow some emergency patients to be admitted without having to be kept waiting in the emergency department.
The sixth floor also will be renovated to house the 23-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which will be six times larger than the hospital’s current NICU and allow little patients to have their own rooms.
Renovations to the two floors are expected to cost $22 million.
Some time this summer, Kaweah Delta is expected to open its second urgent care center in Visalia. The $4 million facility on the city’s north side will include 14 exam rooms, radiology services and a lab. The new facility is intended to reduce patient numbers in Kaweah Delta’s emergency department.
Sierra View District Hospital, Porterville
Construction on the hospital’s new Breastfeeding Resource Center inside the Medical Office Building is complete, and the moving in of furniture and office equipment was set to begin June 25.
The center will provide two rooms where staff can provide breastfeeding support for new mothers, along with support groups and related classes. These services will relocate from Sierra View’s Mother Baby Department.
Some time in the coming year, construction will begin on the Sierra View Community Health Center off Highway 65 in Strathmore. The facility will offer primary care, while other services have yet to be determined.
Plans are to finish construction late next year.