Revitalization at its best

Jack Chubb: January 29, 20100 Comments

I attended a State of Downtown breakfast this week hosted by Mayor Ashley Swearengin where she outlined the challenges and successes of her administration’s mission of revitalizing the city’s urban core, with particular emphasis on the downtown Fresno area.


While I was impressed with the vision for downtown and the company of other organizations who also continue to invest in this area of our city, such as Tom Richards of the Penstar Group (also a donor-investor in Terry’s House) and Granville Homes, I felt extremely proud of the role Community Regional Medical Center has played in the revitalization of downtown Fresno.  In fact, our 58-acre campus is considered one of the largest redevelopment efforts in the history of Fresno and the central San Joaquin Valley.


I began to think about some of our own accomplishments in just the past two years that have aided in the revitalization of downtown Fresno.  The following are articles from our own website  I hope you enjoy, as I did, recapping some of our achievements.


Construction of Terry’s House begins
Terry’s House, a full-service lodging facility for loved ones of those receiving critical care at Community Regional Medical Center, will be located on the corner of Fresno and “R” streets in downtown Fresno.


New parking opens at Community Regional
Community Regional Medical Center continued its downtown expansion with the opening of a six-story parking garage on March 16. The $23.1 million parking structure features 1,534 parking stalls –1,084 for Community employees and 450 for patients and tenants of the adjacent East Medical Plaza building still under construction. The East Medical Plaza is 88,000 square-feet of office and clinic space.


Ground breaks on latest project at Community Regional
Officials broke ground early Dec. 4 on the new 79,534-square-foot Deran Koligian Ambulatory Care Center, the latest piece of a growth spurt on the Community Regional Medical Center campus in downtown Fresno.  This center will open for business in March 2010.


A look in the new NICU
For the first time ever, a higher level of care is available for moms and babies in the Valley, with Community Regional Medical Center opening its new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).


Cardiology expands to prepare for growing need
Community Regional Medical Center’s cardiology department has addressed the growing need for cardiac care in the Valley with the addition of 50 dedicated beds. The new eighth-floor cardiology unit features rooms with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, specialty beds that extend to patient height, private rooms with negative air-flow, plasma flat-screen TVs and showers with easy fold-down seating.


Surgery clinics move to new downtown location
Surgery patients will be a lot closer to the hospital for pre-operative and post-operative care now that Community’s north and south clinics have moved over from Community Health Center-Cedar (the once-UMC campus) to the new Surgery Health Center at Community Regional Medical Center’s downtown campus.


Hearst Foundations help launch one-of-a-kind neuroscience institute
The Central California Neuroscience Institute at Community Regional Medical Center received a $100,000 grant from the William R. Hearst Foundations to be used for outpatient care in the East Plaza Medical Office Building recently opened on the hospital’s campus.


New year, new laboratory
“The new laboratory facility provides 18,000 square feet as compared to the old space of 7,500 square feet,” said Dr. Michael Weilert, medical director of Community Medical Centers clinical/pathology laboratories, who was instrumental in its planning. “The new laboratory will allow for increased automation, improved efficiency in existing testing, and for expanded capability with additional testing.”


Community Regional area soon to be free of train horns
In a financial partnership with Community Regional and a project partnership with Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and California Public Utilities Commission, the city will create and establish a railroad quiet zone to improve the quality of life for those traveling and living along the BNSF rail corridor.