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Adventist Health Selma Upgrades Improve Patient Experience


SELMA – Progress continues on a $13 million Adventist Health Selma hospital expansion project with a new laboratory and a temporarily relocated Emergency Department lobby.

The laboratory has moved to the Evergreen Building, which is  behind the main hospital, on Evergreen Street. The lab has updated equipment, and the registration process has been streamlined to increase efficiencies and reduce patient wait times.

The lab is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. Laboratory staff may be reached at 559-856-6770 .

While its Emergency Department lobby is being remodeled, a temporary lobby has been created on the west side of the building. The relocation was completed Nov. 28 and is now accommodating patients.

Instead of coming through the Emergency Department entrance in the front, on Rose Avenue, patients enter through the Country Club Lane side of the street, near the ambulance bay.

“Our staff has made exceptional accommodations for the number of patients that we care for in our emergency room, and we’re hopeful the expansion will improve the patient experience,” said Suzette Wheeler, Associate Patient Care Executive for Selma.

The Selma Emergency Department cares for patients from throughout the Central Valley. From January to September this year, a total of 40,401 people visited the Selma department, and the median time to see a provider was 12 minutes.

In addition to creating a more modern and up-to-date lobby, the Emergency Department will increase its rooms from 6 to 14 beds, 11 of which are private. The improvements are part of a hospital expansion project sponsored by Adventist Health’s corporate office in Roseville. Employee and community donors also provided more than $50,000 in funding through the hospital’s foundation.

Other hospital improvements include the addition of an Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Lab for heart diagnostic and vascular procedures and Surgery Department upgrades.

The entire hospital expansion project is expected to be complete in 2019.

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Adventist Health Central Valley Network is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Our compassionate and talented team of 33,300 includes more than 24,600 employees; 5,000 medical staff physicians; and 3,700 volunteers working together in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in 19 hospitals, more than 280 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 13 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Together, our team is inspired to transform the health experience of our communities, with our unique focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.