We are a weekly newspaper serving the communities of Exeter, Lindsay, and Woodlake California.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 5 of 27

the ED through a side door near the hospital's main lobby entrance or through the temporary tent sent up to handle overcrowding during flu season. The ED tent went up last month and will remain part of the ED through January. In order to accommodate the 75 parking stalls that will be lost to the expansion, Kaweah Delta has worked with the City and private partners to provide more three-hour and all-day parking in the park- ing structures across from the hospital. Across from the Acequia wing of the hospital, all of Level 1 of the Acequia parking structure is three-hour parking and levels 2, 4, and 5 are now all-day parking. Across Locust Street from the main hospital, the Willow Plaza park- ing structure's Level 1 is all three-hour parking, while levels 2 and 5 are now all-day parking. Fifty-one parking stalls will remain in the parking lot below the helipad. "The valet will also be expanding its hours and is a completely free service," Herbst said. Phase one of the project began Monday and included closing the ED's main entrance and the hallway to the right of the main lob- by. The new ED lobby and 24 of the new 33 exam rooms will be built in Phase 1 between February 2018 and spring 2019. Phase 2 will include constructing a lab draw station and Fast Track for non-emergent patients and is expected to be completed by winter 2019. Phase 3 of the project will complete the expansion by adding nine new exam rooms north of the current ED. This will allow the hos- pital to do away with the practice of treating patients in hallway recliners when all of the exam rooms are full. "My belief is that the chairs will go away after the expansion," Al- lain said. The estimated $32 million project will be funded through $100 million in revenue bonds that the non-profit hospital district sold in December 2015. Partial proceeds from the bonds are also paying for the expansion of the Exeter Health Clinic and a second urgent care at Riggin Avenue and Demaree Street. Kaweah Delta's urgent care is expected to open in late spring 2018. During the construction of the expanded ED, Kaweah Delta is also urging the public to seek care from personal physicians for conditions that are not life-threatening or will not require hospitalization. When that is not possible or the condition is urgent, but not life-threatening, people are urged to visit an urgent care facility instead of the ED. The following locations are available: • Kaweah Delta Urgent Care: 1633 S. Court St., Visalia, 624- 6090; Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily • Sequoia Prompt Care: 1110 S. Ben Maddox Way, Visalia, 624- 5800; Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends • Sequoia Prompt Care: 820 S. Akers St. #100, Visalia, 559-624- 5800; Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends • Visalia Medical Clinic's Quickcare: 5400 W. Hillsdale Ave., Visalia, 738-7555; Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays If patients do not have a physician and need one, a same-day appointment may be avail- able by calling one of the following Kaweah Delta clinics: • Visalia Family Medicine Center: 202 W. Willow Ave., Visalia, 624-4820 • Dinuba Health Clinic: 355 Monte Vista Drive, Dinuba, 595-7650 • Exeter Health Clinic: 1014 San Juan Ave., Exeter, 592-7300 • Lindsay Health Clinic: 839 N. Sequoia Ave., Lindsay, 562-1546 • Woodlake Health Clinic: 180 E. Antelope Ave., Woodlake, 564-1800 Additionally during this time period, Kaweah Delta is urging patients for their protection and for the protection of others coming to the ED, to bring just one guest. Once the ED expansion and northwest urgent care are complete, Allain said he thinks Kaweah Delta will be able to accommodate the current and some future demand for emergent and urgent care ser- vices. "Our best estimates say this should be able to handle the volume for the foreseeable future," Allain said. "If this hospital were in Los Angeles, it would be the third busiest [emergency department] in town." GARY HERBST CEO, KAWEAH DELTA HEALTH CARE DISTRICT EmErgEncy carE

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Magazines - cvm_mag_vol6_no3