Mar 16, 2010 3:09 PM by Carina Corral
A groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday kicked off construction work for a new hospital on the Central Coast.
The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will include 20 Emergency Room beds (up from the current 8 rooms), 6 Surgical suites (up from current 4 suites), a dedicated endoscopy suite, 44 private Medical/Surgical rooms, 8 Intensive Care Unit rooms and 4 hyperbaric oxygen chambers (up from 2 chambers).
It is being built to meet the new 2013 state seismic standards.
Instead of retrofitting the current 46-year-old facility, Cottage Health System officials decided to re-build.
According to GVCH, although the state is requiring the work, it is providing no funding to help hospitals.
The $103 project will take two years to complete.
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