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Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Celebrates Completion of New Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit Building

Emergency Department

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV) hosted hundreds of community members, partner agencies and leaders from near and far for a festive event celebrating the completion of the new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department (ED), Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and rooftop helipad Thursday, September 6, 2018. The Ukiah High School marching band led the way for the Greater Ukiah Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting as the Ukiah Valley celebrated this new era in local healthcare.

“The day finally came when we could share with our community this state-of-the-art Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and rooftop helipad, and we couldn’t be prouder. Having the opportunity to share this momentous occasion with our community near and far made all these years of hard work well worth it. I am happy to say that we expect final approval from regulatory agencies very soon to begin services in this new space and are excited to have had this opportunity to showcase this great project with all of you.” Says David Weis, AHUV Operations Executive.

The new 14,700-square foot ED is four times as big as the existing space. It has 19 private treatment rooms, including rooms for special types of care such as assessment and triage, psychiatric care, gynecological care, negative pressure rooms for highly infectious patients, and two trauma rooms equipped like mini-operating rooms. Patient flow has been carefully designed so patients brought in by ambulance or helicopter are received through a separate entrance from the public walk-in and drop-off entrance.    

For patients who require hospitalization in the ICU, eight critical care rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, natural lighting, and accommodations for loved ones at the bedside. Each ICU room is also equipped with its own temperature control systems to provide for individual control of temperature for the comfort of our patients.

As with any project of this size, it takes a team of experts to transform plans into reality. Lionakis designed the building with Herrero Builders as our general contractor for this project. Local contractors like Valley Paving, Peterson and Son’s Welding, Wipf Construction, and HL Weaver all played significant roles in the project. “We used local contractors whenever possible,” Weis explained. 

AHUV President Gwen Matthews commented, “Our new ER and ICU are everything I hoped they would be. I asked our architect to design features that kept the new space from being just a box; I wanted features that would lift our spirits. What I love most about the new space is that it honors the great service that our clinical team provides and honors those who come here for care.  In our previous ER, we did not have a proper way to accommodate our patients let alone their families. Our staff were working elbow to elbow making the best of things as they took care of all manner of patients with incredible skill and compassionate hearts. I look forward to seeing them thrive in the new space.” 

The new Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit and Rooftop Helipad are scheduled for final regulatory approval. Once we receive approvals, we can open our doors.  For more information, call (707) 456-3213.

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Adventist Health St. Helena is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 35,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing.