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Selma Hospital Services to Expand

Community Needs

SELMA – Hospital services are expanding in Selma to meet community needs, thanks to a $13.3 million investment by Adventist Health.
The board of the Roseville-based not-for-profit corporation approved project funding for Adventist Medical Center - Selma on Monday, Dec. 15. The service expansion includes a six-bed intensive care unit, seven additional emergency beds, an isolation room, a cardiac catheterization lab and surgery department upgrades at the hospital. The new services will help community members access care close to home.
“Our Selma hospital team serves on the front lines of our mission to share God’s love through healing,” said Scott Reiner, Adventist Health corporate president and CEO. “They provide incredible care, and we’re honored to support and encourage this important ministry.”
The projects will support AMC – Selma’s growth and service improvements.  The hospital, with Adventist Medical Center – Hanford, received a national Women’s Choice Award for Emergency Care and ranked among Healthgrades’ America’s Best 100 Hospitals in General Surgery in 2014. The Selma Emergency Department cares for about 139 patients from throughout the region daily and averages only 12 minutes in patients’ time to see a health care provider after checking in. The hospital also performs more than 300 surgical procedures a month.
Preliminary work for the service expansion has already begun with the installation of a new emergency generator, said Nina Plata, vice president of AMC-Selma. “We also recently changed our processes to improve patients’ experience and reduce wait times.” 
The ICU and emergency plans have already been approved by the state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, she said. Plans are in development for surgery department upgrades and the new cardiac catheterization lab for heart diagnostic and vascular procedures. 
Wayne Ferch, president and CEO for Adventist Health’s Central Valley Network, said the projects are among many planned to enhance services throughout the region. “In Reedley, for example, we continue to upgrade equipment and computer systems and are planning other projects to improve our services and patients’ experience.”
Other projects include a $10 million Fowler medical plaza with Valley Children’s Healthcare and a $40 million Family Birth Center in Hanford, which also features a Valley Children’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Because Adventist Health is a not-for-profit private corporation, its projects differ from many major hospital construction projects in that no public taxes are required.

Photo: Adventist Medical Center - Selma employees discuss plans for the Emergency Department expansion.