Billion dollar expansion at Community Regional Medical Center


Monday, the ceo of Community Regional Medical Center announced a billion dollar expansion for the hospital.

They plan to add more than 300 beds for adult and children services.

The announcement was made at their hospital week kick off event.

Justine Guerrero said she went to the hospital last week.

She said the doctors were great, but the wait took forever.

“I came at like eight o’clock at night, and I was waiting until three in the morning when they finally called me,” said Guerrero. 

Her boyfriend Gabriel Cerna had to come to the hospital this morning after almost passing out at work working in the fields.

He didn’t have to wait seven hours like his girlfriend but says it still took a long time.

“I waited almost like two hours,” said Cerna.

Craig Wagoner CEO of the hospital says they currently have 909 beds, and they hope to cut down wait times by adding 350 more beds.

T 180,000 square foot medical office that sits on the corner Fresno and Divisidero streets will soon house a pediatrics center.

“We’re also kicking off the design and pre-construction work of a future bed tower that will also house adult medicine and pediatrics,” said Wagoner.

The two buildings will stretch out into the hospital parking lot on Fresno Street.

“Expanding adult services will increase access to healthcare for the community. It will also speed up wait times that we see in the emergency departments as well,” said Wagoner.

“I think that’s really awesome because people will not have to wait to that long,” said Guerrero. “some people go to Valley because the wait is so long here, so the new buildings will really help.”

Wagoner says they are still in the design phase and don’t have a date yet for completion.

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