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Dignity Health Dominican Hospital Expansion

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital will undergo a $360 million renovation and expansion to ensure that the growing Santa Cruz County community can access world class health care now and into the future. The project will allow for advanced technology, new state-of-the-art facilities, and even more innovative healing spaces.

The Dominican Hospital Pavilion expansion and improvement project, slated to begin in late 2019, will add 84,000 square feet to the existing hospital—without increasing the hospital’s current footprint—and will include construction of a three-level parking garage with 410 parking spaces.

“Dominican Hospital has been taking care of our community for generations, and this expansion will mean increased access to the most advanced health care available, right here in Santa Cruz,” said Nanette Mickiewicz, MD, Dominican Hospital President. “While we are still in the early stages of planning, we are excited about the improvements to care and convenience the Pavilion project will bring to our patients and visitors.”

The Pavilion project will convert all semi-private patient rooms to private rooms, and create a new surgery department complete with larger operating rooms to accommodate more advanced procedures and prepare for the technology of the future. Patient care will not be impacted by construction. The new structures will be energy efficient, with LED lighting for energy savings and highly directional light that does not contribute to light pollution. Landscaping will emphasize drought-resistant and native plants. The planning team also is exploring installation of solar power.  

Devenney Group, Ltd. will serve as the project architect, and McCarthy Building Companies will manage construction. Landscape architecture will be designed and installed by Joni L. Janecki and AssociatesHamilton Land Planning will oversee all aspects of project planning and management.

The project is in the very earliest planning stages. A recent meeting with the hospital’s neighbors to gather feedback was the first step in the process. Dominican Hospital submitted a Design Permit and Planned Unit Development (PUD) permit application to the Santa Cruz County planning department on June 10.

The project timeline is several years, but Dominican Hospital will prioritize construction of the parking garage, which may be complete as soon as 18 months after the project is approved by the county. While the majority of the project will be funded by Dignity Health, a portion will be raised through a community campaign led by the Dominican Hospital Foundation.

To learn more about the Dominican Hospital expansion project and view renderings, please visit dominicanhospitalpavilion.org.    

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