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Sonoma West Medical Center Opening May 18th!

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Sonoma West Medical Center
Opening May 18th!

April 21, 2015; One year after closing, the hospital in Sebastopol proves this month that, indeed, “Something Wonderful” has happened by reopening on May 18th. Reborn as a completely new Medical Center, the hospital facility offers specialty Institutes intended to support the core services of a “No Wait ER”, an ICU and an acute care center that includes surgery with two operating rooms.

No other District hospital in California has reopened after closing.  This event is a historical and rare opportunity for the community to celebrate the return of locally delivered health care to West County. After over a year of grass-roots support evidenced by 2000 yard signs sprouting up in the area, the community’s private donations allowed the Sonoma West Medical Foundation to reach their fund raising goal of over $8,000,000 by opening date. 

This funding allowed for the hiring of an exciting core team of seasoned hospital administrators, as well as extensive refurbishing of the building. The core team working on the reopening attracted an exciting group of physicians and achieved licensing renewals, updates, and improvements by doggedly working their way through a labyrinth of political and negative history to accomplish this Opening Day. 

The Foundation’s success has brought back over 130 full-time jobs to this region and attracted over 80 doctors to apply for credentialing at the new Medical Center. So many doctors signed up for the new Medical Center’s plan to provide in-house management of their practices that additional medical office space had to be rented across the street from the new hospital to accommodate the increase. 

Leading up to this historical day, volunteers have conducted weekly public tours of the new Medical Center. These behind-the-scenes tours provided residents a chance to see their hospital before it opens – so areas including Operating rooms and remodeled ER and single patient rooms could be inspected.

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For those who could not attend a public tour, over 30 short videos are now on the new Sonoma West Medical Center’s webpage (www.SonomaWestHealth.org) that feature doctors, equipment, Institutes, patient stories and donor comments about the updated hospital’s plans and strategy. 

Opening celebrations are being planned for later this summer after the first patients have been properly cared for and discharged. You can stay tuned for more information about those events by signing up for the newsletter on the Foundation’s website at www.SonomaWestFoundation.org  

The Sonoma West Medical Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to support the new Medical Center through philanthropy. Foundation offices are located at the Medical Center located at 501 Petaluma Avenue, Sebastopol, telephone 707-823-8312.