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Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Celebrates Milestone with Ribbon Cutting for Impressive New Emergency Department

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Expansion project houses advanced emergency services for the busiest ER in South County

ARROYO GRANDE, CA – June 10, 2021 – As part of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital’s (AGCH) Legacy Campaign, we are proud to announce the highly anticipated ribbon-cutting for the impressive new AGCH Emergency Department. This marks one of many efforts that the hospital is making towards bringing advanced services to the campus.   

In recognition of this accomplishment, hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, board members, the Chamber of Commerce, and donors were invited to attend the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Emergency Department Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today in the hospital’s Legacy Garden. Social distancing and masking was implemented.

The hospital’s original emergency department opened in 1990 and was built to serve 15,000 patients annually. However, due to a steadily growing community, the campus experienced up to 27,000 emergency rooms visits per year in an outdated and undersized facility. An expansion of the department and services was inevitable, and the addition of almost 5,000 square feet nearly doubled the size of the original emergency department. 

“Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is proud to be meeting the needs of our growing community by offering essential services close to home, mitigating the need to travel to receive first-class care,” says Arroyo Grande Community Hospital President and CEO, Sue Andersen. “We are grateful to those that share our vision for the future of our facility and contributed to the Legacy Campaign. We are excited about this new Emergency Department and we look forward to the future of our hospital.”     

The new facility was designed for a high volume of emergency patients with a commitment to comfort, efficiency, and privacy. The new addition, which altered the façade of the hospital, features 20 private treatment rooms compared to the 11 bed ward and semi-private rooms that previously existed. Specialized rooms are designated for infectious disease isolation, trauma, bariatric patients, and orthopedic emergencies, as well as fast-track beds for patients with less urgent conditions. It also features a specialized exam room for patients experiencing behavioral health related issues. The remodeled lobby provides a sizable waiting area for families, essential triage rooms, and a centralized nurses’ station with sophisticated monitoring capabilities. 

In addition to the much needed emergency expansion, AGCH is expanding critical services in order to provide the community with accessible care. Additional areas of development include:

  • Additions and enhancements to the Acute Rehabilitation Center including:
    • A larger gymnasium and additional therapy rooms
    • Enhanced facilities and dedicated space for necessary therapies and technology, such as the Andago and Armeo Spring
    • The addition of alternative therapy such as recreational therapy and the advancement of our patient and family support groups

  • New imaging technologies:
    • New MRI scanner to provide greater image resolution and expanded clinical diagnostic capabilities, as well as increased comfort for patients with shorter scan times 
    • Full range of imaging services with technology including a CT scanner, X-ray machine, ultrasound, bone density scanner, and laboratory services.
    • Comprehensive diagnostic services will aid in expanding hospital programs, such as neuroscience, orthopedics, rehabilitation services and oncology

  • The Legacy Campaign also funded the expansion of the first accredited cancer program in San Luis Obispo County at Mission Hope Cancer Center, Arroyo Grande. The comprehensive facility provides cancer care treatment and infusion services in a space completely dedicated to cancer treatment, recovery, and education, with 10 infusion chairs and a private room. It opened its doors in May of 2019. 

Construction of the emergency department expansion project commenced in 2017. The project cost $7.6 million with funding from the hospital foundation’s Legacy Campaign and from hospital operation funds. 

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Arroyo Grande Community Hospital representatives and Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the new Emergency Department with a ribbon cutting ceremony

[PHOTO: Arroyo Grande Community Hospital representatives and Chamber of Commerce members celebrate the new Emergency Department with a ribbon cutting ceremony]


About Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is rated a top Joint Replacement Center by Blue Shield and among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement, offering the latest in robotic and other technologically advanced orthopedic procedures. The facility has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission for advanced, comprehensive care for stroke patients.  The Emergency Department is nationally recognized for superior patient satisfaction and the hospital provides the only comprehensive hospital-based Acute Rehabilitation Center on the Central Coast, offering a wide range of individualized therapies. Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services, including primary care offices, premier surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories, imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  

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Wednesday, June 09, 2021