On March 27, 2012, the Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees voted to move ahead with New Patient Wing/Remodel at Humboldt General Hospital.
The $5.7 million will renovate 7,000 square feet and add 5,600 square feet to the hospital's main patient area. Construction is expected to take 700 days.
Following construction, the acute wing will have two bariatric rooms for larger patients, two isolation rooms, a two-chair infusion room, and a three-bay Intensive Care Unit right off the nurses' station. A satellite nurses' station also will be included for those times when the acute wing is full.
Perhaps one of the most important features of the expansion/remodel is the end of double occupancy rooms. Due to federal patient privacy laws and stricter infection control guidelines, all of the rooms in the acute wing will be single occupancy once the project is complete.
The plan calls for 19 beds.
Construction will take place in three phases. The first phase will result in a major expansion to the acute department. Patients will then be moved to the new patient wing to make way for the next phase, which will include remodeling of the former patient wing.
Eventually, those two sections will be joined and crews will finish with a third phase remodel of several other, connecting areas of the hospital.
All construction should be complete by early 2014.