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Expanding World-Class Patient Care for the San Joaquin Valley

Keeping San Joaquin Valley residents healthy for more than a century

St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC) has provided Stockton and the surrounding region with world-class care since 1899. We started with 25 beds and have grown with the San Joaquin community. Now, the time has come to expand our facility and services once again to best meet the needs of all patients, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or identity.

Through a carefully designed phased master plan, SJMC’s proposed modernization will ensure state-of-the-art patient care for generations to come.

A 21st century hospital for a 21st century city

The SJMC proposed expansion will update the current facility, technology, and infrastructure, bringing a state-of-the-art medical center with aesthetic appeal to the heart of Stockton. Phased improvements include:

  • New Acute Care Tower 
    • 24 new ICU patient beds
    • 120 new general acute patient beds
    • New 70-station Emergency Department
    • State-of-the-art 10-room surgical suite
  • New parking structure
  • Expanded physician residency program
  • Seismic safety upgrades 
  • Improved patient experience
  • Up to two new emergency response heliports

The foundation of a prosperous community

As one of the region’s largest employers, SJMC is improving the community’s overall health and the economy. During the past three years, SJMC has invested nearly a quarter-billion dollars to provide community benefits, amenities, and uncompensated care to the region. This reflects SJMC’s vision and values, extending health and wellness beyond the walls of the hospital. SJMC’s proposed expansion also serves as an economic driver for the region, increasing economic output through skilled trades during construction. Employment at the hospital will also grow, increasing the number of high-paying jobs in the dynamic field of health care and hospital administration.

St. Joseph Medical Center Community Workshops

In our efforts to keep our friends, neighbors, and Stockton residents informed of the proposed expansion project at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, we are hosting a series of both virtual and in-person workshops to provide an overview of the proposed project and timeline.

More dates and information on future virtual and in person workshops coming soon.

Community Workshop Video - October 11, 2022

Community Stakeholder Workshop Video - September 8, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC) has been a leading health care provider in Stockton and the San Joaquin region since it was founded in 1899. It has grown from a 25-bed hospital to the region’s largest medical center with 355 beds, nearly 900 physicians, and more than 2,300 employees.

Serving one of California’s fastest-growing regions, Dignity Health and SJMC have developed a master plan and proposed expansion to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our patients and the community. The proposed hospital expansion ensures we can accommodate this growth while continuing to provide accessible world-class health care for generations to come.

SJMC will grow its residency program, helping address San Joaquin County’s severe physician shortage by training an estimated 200 residents per year. This will help SJMC to recruit, train, and retain the next generation of primary care and specialty physicians who serve our region.

The SJMC expansion will also strengthen the hospital against natural disasters. It will include state mandated safety upgrades that ensure the facilities would remain operational after a large-magnitude earthquake.

These improvements will create more high-paying permanent jobs. SJMC is one of the region’s largest employers and modernizing the existing hospital will help attract talented health care professionals and serve as an anchor for the local economy.

SJMC’s expansion includes multiple phases and is designed specifically to meet the community’s health needs by incorporating advanced technology in a healing environment. The outdated buildings will be replaced by a new Acute Care Hospital Tower, parking structure and surface-level parking.

The proposed project will include:

  • 24 intensive care patient beds
  • 120 general acute patient beds
  • New 70-station Emergency Department
  • New surgical area with 10 general operating rooms
  • Two new emergency response up to two new heliports

SJMC is committed to inclusion and equity. As California’s largest Medi-Cal provider, Dignity Health cares for all people, especially historically marginalized and vulnerable communities. Since 2018, SJMC has contributed nearly $170 million to pay for care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, ineligible for government help, or otherwise unable to pay. The expansion project will enable SJMC to expand its community benefit investments, providing preventive care and wellness services beyond the walls of the hospital.

San Joaquin General Hospital is the region’s designated trauma center, and SJMC is not seeking a trauma designation. SJMC expansion will expand its Emergency Department, providing greater capacity to deal with critical care and life-threatening situations.

The proposed project will be reviewed as part of the required California Environmental Quality Act process to address environmental impacts. The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the impacts identified as well as proposed mitigation measures.

It is anticipated that the overall environmental impacts will be an improvement with the upgraded facilities.

Yes. SJMC’s expansion proposes a new parking structure that could include up to 2,000 parking spaces as well as additional surface-level parking. This will give patients, visitors, and staff safe on-site parking.

Yes, the proposed SJMC modernization project complies with California’s Hospital Seismic Safety Act (Senate Bill 1953). 

The proposed SJMC modernization will complete the required earthquake safety improvements in conjunction with the modernization project, reducing overall impacts on patient services.

SJMC will engage directly with the community and stakeholders throughout the project including through online resources, community meetings, and outreach to people throughout the region. Community members can also provide comments to the City Council and Planning Commission throughout the entitlement process.

SJMC is currently in the planning phase of the proposed expansion with the goal of securing entitlements in the first quarter of 2023. Following state and local approvals pre-construction work would begin in late 2023 and construction in 2024. The project is estimated to be completed as soon as 2028-2030.

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