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Selma Hospital Improvements Begin

Community Needs

SELMA –Progress is being made on a $13.3 million renovation project at Adventist Medical Center – Selma.

On Tuesday, June 9, American Inc., a Visalia-based company, installed a 100-ton HVAC chiller on the southwest side of the hospital. The chiller and enclosure is just one of several components that will help cool the hospital in the near future. Adventist Health approved the four-phase chiller project for $1.1 million and expects it to be complete by the end of August or early September 2015.

In December, the hospital announced that its services were expanding, thanks to the $13.3 million investment by Adventist Health. The improvements include a six-bed intensive care unit, seven additional emergency beds, an isolation room, a cardiac catheterization lab and surgery department upgrades. The new services will help community members access care close to home.

Other preliminary work for the expansion has included the installation of a new emergency generator and Emergency Department process changes to reduce wait times and improve the patient experience.

“We’re so excited to start preliminary work on this important project for our community,” says Nina Plata, Vice President of AMC – Selma. “Our emergency visits have more than doubled since 2005, and we consider it an honor to care for patients from throughout the Valley.”

The ICU and emergency plans have been approved by the state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Plata says plans are in development for surgery department upgrades and the new cardiac catheterization lab for heart diagnostic and vascular procedures.

On June 5, 2015, the project received an even larger boost, when members of the AMC – Selma Foundation Board presented President/CEO Wayne Ferch with a check for $50,000. Foundation board members volunteer their time to raise funds for needed hospital services. The $50,000 will go toward the Emergency Department remodel and expansion.

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.