Doctors Hospital of Manteca broke ground Friday for a state-of-the-art outpatient surgical center that promises to “change the face of care” for the Manteca-Ripon-Lathrop community.
The $7 million investment by Tenet Healthcare will transform an existing building shell next to the Imaging Center and Central Valley Cancer Center on Norman Drive off of Spreckels Avenue into an outpatient surgical center.
“The number of surgeries performed at Doctors Hospital of Manteca has increased greatly over the last several years,” noted Doctors Hospital of Manteca Chief Executive Officer Nico Tejeda. “In fact, outpatient surgeries increased 20% in the last year alone. Of course, the population in Manteca has not grown by 20%. Nor are people 20% ‘sicker’. Rather, the increase in surgeries is an indication that patients and physicians are increasingly choosing to receive care in Manteca at our hospital. This is a credit to the dedicated individuals – nearly 500 employees – who provide compassionate and skilled care for our patients. When the outpatient surgery center opens, it will fundamentally change the face of care in our community. I am deeply grateful to our physicians, patients and community for making this possible.”
The 6,000-square-foot building would include three operating rooms and two procedure rooms.
When the outpatient surgical center opens in 2016, it will free up the existing operating rooms at the main hospital campus at North Street and Cottage Avenue for inpatient procedures. It also is expected to shorten the time as well to book an outpatient procedure.
There were 3,400 surgeries performed last year at the hospital. That is in addition to 32,000 outpatient procedures, 33,000 emergency room visits, and 3,600 admissions.
The center will benefit physicians and patients alike in terms of convenience.
Parking would also be easier to access in the medical office complex in Spreckels Park. It would offer the same convenience for patients that the existing imaging center does allowing them to avoid having to go to the hospital.