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(Napa, CA) – Queen of the Valley Medical Center is another step closer to breaking ground on a new stateof-the-art expansion (seen right) that will enhance the quality of health care to Napa residents. The Queen has begun site preparation for construction of an approximately 72,000 squarefoot expansion following approval this week from Napa City and County Officials. Pending final Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) and approval of project plans, construction of the three-story, surgery and intensive care unit may occur as early as this fall.

The new expansion will mean better care for patients through enhanced facilities and technology. When construction is completed, the hospital’s six-room surgery department will move from the west building into the new surgical pavilion equipped with the latest technology and equipment. The new space will offer the same number of new surgery rooms, but the number of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds will expand by 20% to include four additional beds to meet Napa’s growing community needs. The Queen’s ICU will occupy the third floor of the new space and ICU capacity expanded from 16 to 20 beds.

"We are very excited about the additional space and wonderful environment the new facility will provide for the Queen’s surgical and ICU patients," says Dr. Susana Gonzalez, OB/GYN surgeon at Queen of the Valley. "The new space will also give area physicians unmatched access to state-of-the-art surgical options including our daVinci robotic surgery technology and a future Hybrid Operating Room possibility."

Queen of the Valley President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Sisto notes, "This Pavilion project represents the next milestone in what will ultimately be a three-decade journey for the medical center. It is a wonderful example of how Queen of the Valley is always focused on the future of health care in Napa and ensuring we can meet our community’s needs now and into the future. In building several other facilities over the past ten years, we were beginning the significant process of bringing all the Queen’s patient care areas into compliance with the seismic regulations of 2030. This project is significant in itself, but also because it begins the implementation of the second, twenty-year phase of our strategic plan for the expansion and enhancement of our inpatient services."

The expansion will not only provide cutting-edge patient care, but will also set a new standard for hospitals in the Bay Area by becoming one of the first environmentally friendly facilities in the area. The Queen’s expansion has been designed to satisfy the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) requirements for "green" health care facilities. Among other things, some environmentally friendly considerations include: creative use of windows and shades to curb energy use, bicycle accommodations, priority parking for energy-efficient and electric vehicles and selection of green building materials.

"We will be among the first hospitals in California to receive LEED certification," said Walt Mickens, EVP and Chief Operating Officer for Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "The LEED certification is just another example of how Napa County leads the way in health care and how Queen of the Valley Medical Center is bringing innovation to our community."

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

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