Completion of the new Marian Regional Medical Center marks new era for Santa Maria healthcare

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (June 4, 2012) – A new era in healthcare has begun in the Santa Maria Valley with the opening of Marian Regional Medical Center, a new 235,000-square-foot (double the existing size), $218 million tower tied in to the existing hospital. Owner Dignity Health selected Moon Mayoras Architects to design and Kitchell to construct the building. FDI Planning Consultants, a division of Kitchell, provided equipment transition services. The hospital’s mission-style exterior complements neighboring areas, following the City of Santa Maria architectural theme.

Kitchell started with a $13.8 million addition to the central plant to completely upgrade the original central plant built in the 1960s. Other features include a four-story (plus basement), 191-bed patient tower, a two-story above-grade connector to the existing hospital, neonatal intensive care (NICU), expanded emergency department, expanded critical care unit, surgical services, cardiac services (including open heart surgery), obstetrical and gynecological services, full diagnostic imaging services, including MRI and CT, cancer/oncology services, orthopedic services, pharmacy and respiratory therapy, new chapel, healing garden, and an expanded and relocated cafeteria.

“It’s great to be a part of a community landmark like this,” said Kitchell Project Director Michael Walsh. “Our team became really invested, celebrating alongside them when the transfer of patients was complete, the emergency room was full and the first birth was recorded.”

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A hospital like no other

In four weeks and one day, Santa Maria will have a brand new, state-of-the-art hospital when Marian Regional Medical opens its doors. The city will also have one of the most un-hospital like hospitals around. While the new $218 million facility will feature all of the latest medical and surgical equipment and systems, it resembles more of a four-star hotel than a hospital.

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