Construction nearly complete, Sutter hospital prepares for opening

  • The 24-bed outpatient services unit will enable patients to wait for results and recover from procedures in peace at the new Sutter Hospital off River Rd. in Santa Rosa.

Utility systems are fully operational, the floors, ceilings and walls are freshly painted and multi-million dollar medical equipment is wrapped in clear plastic like holiday or birthday presents.

With major construction of the new Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital complete, Monday marks the beginning of weeks of orientation and training — more than 50,000 hours worth — for nearly 1,020 clinical and nonclinical staff and hundreds of local physicians and specialists.

"We're in 'staff, stock and training' mode now," said Tom Minard, Sutter's senior project manager of hospital construction.

"This begins the process of training that culminates the day we move it," he said.

That date, when 800 hospital staff and consultants transfer about 69 patients from the hospital on Chanate Road to the new facility on Mark West Springs Road, is Oct. 25.

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