Physician’s, staff, local government officials, construction workers, EMS partners (including CALSTAR and Rural Metro) and visitors gathered on January 19th, for the official Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony just outside the ED entrance. RMC CEO Mike Johnson hosted the event and said the 18- month construction project will add about 45-hundred much needed square footage to the ED, and increase the bed count to 42. It’s a major phase of RMC’s $300-million hospital replacement expansion and renovation, one of the largest construction projects in the county.
District 5 San Jose City Councilmember, Xavier Campos spoke at the event and thanked Regional for its investment in the community. Because the project is providing 2-thousand jobs, it’s an investment in both the health and the economy in East San Jose and Silicon Valley, he said. Campos has been very supportive in getting the ED master plan through the city.
ED Medical Director Elaine Nelson, MD also spoke and reminded the crowd that, when the project is completed, RMC will have the largest Trauma Center in Santa Clara County, with 4 treatment bays. It will have more, private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art equipment for better and more efficient care., she said. Dr. Nelson has been part of the ED planning process since it began 12 years ago! She was interviewed about the expansion by KTVU-Ch 2 Fox News and the World Journal a global Chinese language newspaper. Dr. Nelson was among the first to put shovel to dirt at the event, along with Rick Kline, MD, Medical Director of Trauma Services, members of the Executive Team and ED staff.
Regional will continue to provide the highest level of care to our ED patients during the construction project.