Section: Latest News

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital opens Phase 1 of expanded Emergency Department


Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital opens Phase 1 of expanded Emergency Department; first private rooms, plus enlarged waiting and registration areas, are part of $15 million remodel

(Santa Rosa, CA - September 24, 2013) Phase 1 of a renovation to add 50 percent more space to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital's busy and previously crowded Emergency Department is now complete, and following authorization by the state Department of Public Health this week, the hospital opened the ER expansion to patients for the first time Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

The 4,228-square-foot expansion, begun with a groundbreaking in May of 2012, significantly enlarges the 19- bay, 9, 280-square-foot ER, which will house 26 private treatment rooms when the overall $15 million construction project is complete in June 2014. As of Tuesday, the hospital's Emergency Department capacity had increased to 23 beds, including the 6 fully private walled-in rooms that are part of the newly opened


"We're excited to open this state-of-the-art facility," said Todd Salnas, president in Sonoma County of St. Joseph Health, which owns and operates Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. "It means more personalized, private care for our patients and greater comfort. And the expanded space will enable us to reduce patients' wait times."

Bay Area Consumers' Checkbook, in a review of Bay Area emergency departments published this month in the San Francisco Chronicle, recently rated Santa Rosa Memorial as Sonoma County's top provider of emergency care for complex cases. Staffing the North Coast region's only Level II trauma center, the hospital's Emergency and Trauma teams treat the most critically ill and injured patients from an area that expands beyond five counties, public health records confirm.

Dr. Thomas H. Garrett of the State of California Department of Public Health Center for Healthcare Quality inspected Memorial's expanded ER on Monday, September 23, and gave licensing approval for patient care to proceed. The first patients were seen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Features of the new space in which they received care include:

  • An enlarged waiting area with seating for 60 people and a roomier registration/reception area.
  • Additional private space for consultations with patient families.
  • A furnished outdoor patio and garden – an extension of the waiting area for patients and families.

First phase of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital's $15 million ER renovation opens to the public

  • Six private rooms fully enclosed by walls and private doors (an improvement over less soundproof privacy drapes). By June 2014, all treatment beds in Memorial's ER will be similarly upgraded.

On average, Memorial's Emergency Department treats about 100 patients per day, or 38,925 patients per year.

Below are sample photos of the exterior and interior of Phase 1 of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital's new Emergency Department. Access for interviews and/or photos is available upon request and may be subject to patient consent.

(Above) Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Emergency Department staff nurse Lilliana House, RN, and Admitting Supervisor Valerie Esponda are shown in the department's expanded waiting and registration area. Below: patients and visitors are welcomed through this new entrance, which is flanked by the newly landscaped patient and visitors' patio and garden.

Share Your Story

Are you interested in sharing
your experience with us?

Yes I am
Share Your Story