Construction is expected to begin next month on a $13.3 million renovation and expansion project at Adventist Medical Center-Selma.
Adventist Health will host a construction kickoff celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday on the front lawn of the 57-bed hospital, located on Rose Avenue at Country Club Lane in Selma. The event is open to the public.
The initial stage will be construction of a six-bed intensive-care unit, to be built in a portion of the hospital formerly occupied by the obstetrics department, which was closed in 2013.
Other features of the hospital upgrades include a seven-bed expansion of the emergency room into space that once housed laboratory services; expansion of the surgery department, also into the old obstetrics area; a new isolation room; and a cardiac catheterization lab in the surgery department.
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All of the upgrades will be built within the hospital’s existing footprint, with no new construction required.
Earlier this year, the hospital installed a new emergency generator, a preliminary piece of work in anticipation of the expansion.
Thursday’s event will offer an update on the plans, which were approved last year by Adventist Health, the Roseville-based nonprofit that operates the Selma hospital as a satellite of its Adventist Health/Central Valley Network in Hanford. The Valley network includes hospitals in Hanford, Reedley and Selma and medical clinics in Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Kern counties.
Amanda Jaurigui, a spokeswoman for Adventist Health, said the company decided to prioritize this expansion plan because of the growth in emergency room visits at the Selma hospital in recent years. The hospital is averaging about 4,500 emergency visits a month this year, a 6 percent increase from 2014.
Still on the company’s drawing board – but not a current priority – are plans that initially were advanced in 2012-13 for a new three-story, 76,400-square-foot medical pavilion building. That project was planned to house ambulatory surgery, imaging, blood-drawing/lab services and a cafe on the first floor, as well as a clinical lab, medical residency suites and medical offices on the second and third floors.