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St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s New Emergency Room Sneak Preview


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St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s New Emergency Room Sneak Preview

Hospital Celebrates Completion of $12M Project

June 28, Clearlake, CA.  St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s Emergency Room ­­­– one of the smallest yet busiest in the state – celebrated the completion of its new facility on Thursday, June 27.

The renovations, which began in October 2011, included expanding and upgrading the original cramped  space to provide faster, better care for patients, and adding new physicians and patient care staff. Improvements include the addition of 4,100 square feet, private patient care rooms, new entrances and waiting areas, cutting-edge equipment, and support systems upgrades. Adventist Health, St. Helena Hospital’s parent organization, provided initial funds for the project, and challenged the hospital to fund the remainder from within the community. The community responded with generosity, with gifts large and small from hundreds of donors providing the needed funds.

“This was truly a community celebration,” says David Santos, Vice President of Operations. “This new emergency room has been one of the most needed and anticipated developments in health care for Lake County. Everyone has worked together to make it possible, and this was a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the tireless effort and generous donations involved. Improved access to these critical services is a legacy gift that will impact this community for decades.”

Guests arriving at the red carpet event were greeted individually and given “backstage passes” as well as commemorative first aid kits. During a brief ceremony, Terry Newmyer, President and CEO of St. Helena Hospital, spoke on how building this ER was so important to the community.  Santos reviewed the project’s highlights and expressed gratitude to the community, then cut an oversized ribbon, officially opening the new facility for a sneak peak. Guests were then taken on tours of the patient rooms. Many expressed appreciation for the patient-friendly, home-like amenities, and the efficient new layout.

A large crowd turned out to enjoy the festivities, which included the Lake County Diamonds, playing their signature mix of classic Rock and Roll, refreshments, and a children’s area with face painting and a balloon artist. A photo booth was available where guests could get their pictures taken, to be available later in a customized frame.

“The energy was amazing,” says Melissa Kinsel, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake Development Officer. “This community has worked hard for a long time for this moment, and it was wonderful to see everything finally come together.”

The Emergency Room is expected to be fully operational within the next thirty days.

About St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake: St. Helena Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,900 includes more than 21,200 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,200 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 170 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.