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Video: UC Davis hospital expansion ready in Sacramento CA


Crews started tearing down temporary buildings Monday to make way for a 1 million-square-foot, 14-story, state-of-the art hospital facility in Sacramento.

The $3.75 billion tower will go up on the eastern side of the existing UC Davis Medical Center on Stockton Boulevard. Some parts of that hospital complex must be closed due to state seismic safety laws, according to UC Davis Health.

“The California Tower will triple our ICU capability, making half of our patient rooms ICU-ready,” David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health, said in a news release. “This investment will be a cornerstone in the critical care we provide our patients and the region moving forward.”

The California Tower will be an addition to the medical center’s existing University and Davis towers. It will provide operating rooms, an imaging center, an expanded pharmacy, additional burn care units and about 400 single-patient rooms. The new rooms will replace others being taken out of service in older parts of the building, according the UC Davis Health.

With 646 beds, the UC Davis Medical Center is the largest hospital in the Sacramento area. It will have 675 to 700 inpatient beds when the project is completed.

More than 250 of the rooms are being designed for “greater flexibility” in the event of a patient surge such as during a pandemic, massive wildfire, radiation leak or other major public health crisis, UC Davis Health said in a news release. The adaptable rooms will convert into intensive-care-unit rooms with air isolation so that they could be used to care for patients of any level of hospitalization.

David Caraccio is a video producer for The Sacramento Bee who was born and raised in Sacramento. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers as a reporter, editor, page designer and digital content producer.

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