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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Pavilion


Sonora Regional Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction of its new Cancer Center and Pavilion on July 14. The ceremony took place on the grounds of the future facility, at the corner of Mono Way and Greenley Road. The Medical Center purchased the property from Andy’s Home Center in 2013 and has since been working on permits and architectural plans for the new facility. In June, the Medical Center announced that local development firm California Gold Development Corp. will partner with Quiring General, the firm that won the construction contract bid, to manage the building project.

“This is an exciting day for us,” says the Medical Center’s President and CEO, Andrew Jahn. “We are celebrating not only the beginning of construction on the new facility, but also the years of hard work that brought us to this point. Medical Center employees, city and county officials and local business leaders have worked together closely to make this day possible.”

The 65,000 sq. ft. Pavilion will be the new home of the hospital’s Cancer Center, plus a number of outpatient clinics. Moving these services to the new building also benefits the main hospital complex by freeing up much-needed space to expand its extremely busy emergency department, as well as other inpatient and outpatient services.

At today’s groundbreaking ceremony, several speakers will provide perspectives on the impact of the new medical facility, including: Scott Reiner, Adventist Health President & CEO; Andrew Jahn, Sonora Regional Medical Center President & CEO; Brenda Forrest, MD, Sonora Regional Medical Center’s Chief of Staff; Wayne Ferch, President & CEO-Adventist Health, Central Valley Network; Mayor Ron Stearns and Supervisor Evan Royce. H. Randolph Holder, President and CEO of Clarke Broadcasting Corp. and an early, major donor to the Pavilion project, will serve as emcee during the ceremony. Holder will announce the memorial renaming of the Cancer Center to the Diana J. White Cancer Institute.

The Medical Center kicked off a capital campaign in August 2014 to raise the $3 million needed to complete the construction project and purchase advanced technology and equipment, such as the new linear accelerator used in the treatment of cancer. Hospital board and community leadership, medical staff, employees and Medical Center volunteers have been the first to pledge their financial support. Gail Witzlsteiner, Foundation Executive Director for the Medical Center, says the groundbreaking today marks the beginning of the capital campaign’s outreach to the community. “The community phase of the campaign gives individuals who live in the area, former patients, members of the business community, service clubs and all others to make a gift in support of the new Cancer Center,” she explains. “It’s an opportunity for anyone in the community to help improve cancer services where they live, through direct participation in a capital campaign.” Witzlsteiner says community members will be given more details about the giving program via campaign volunteer leadership, or by calling the Foundation at 536-5029.

Demolition of the existing buildings on the property is slated for September 2015. The Medical Center hopes to complete construction of the new facility in late 2016.