L Street Reopening Marks Milestone in Sutter Medical Center Expansion
Marking another milestone in the creation of the “medical center of the future” in midtown Sacramento, L Street between 28th and 29th Street reopened this morning to vehicular traffic, signaling the completion of exterior construction of the three-story spanning structure that will seamlessly connect Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s two acute-care facilities.
The spanning structure is three stories tall and has walkways between Sutter General Hospital and the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center on the second, third and fourth floors. In addition, this unique spanning structure includes more than 5,000 square feet of clinical space that will be used for outpatient and other services.
City officials say this is a very unusual spanning structure for Sacramento and that approval was granted for several reasons, including the necessity to safely move patients from one acute-care facility to another, and because the aesthetics match the architecture of the hospitals and the neighboring community. Patients, visitors and staff will be able to cross over L Street on all three levels.
The spanning structure is one of four bridges being constructed in order to connect the entire Sutter Medical Center campus. On Saturday, crews will close 28th Street between L Street and Capitol Avenue in order to construct a bridge that will connect the Sutter Cancer Center/Buhler Specialty Pavilion to Sutter Capitol Pavilion, an outpatient services and medical office building. That work is expected to take four months to complete. The medical center has notified patients and neighbors of both vehicular and pedestrian detours while the bridge is constructed.
In addition, crews will be connecting a bridge that will link a parking lot under the Capital City Freeway to the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. That bridge is being constructed off-site and will require one lane of 29th Street to be closed at a time, enabling traffic to continue through its construction.
When completed during the first part of 2014, the expanded Sutter Medical Center midtown campus will provide the most comprehensive acute specialty care on one campus in the Sacramento region.
The 242-bed Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center is a 10-story, 395,241-square-foot building located across L Street from Sutter General Hospital. It will replace Sutter Memorial Hospital, located at5151 F St., the other acute-care facility under the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento umbrella. The new building has eight hospital floors above the ground, two mechanical floors on top, and a basement floor that will include a restaurant for staff and visitors. It is the tallest building in midtown Sacramento
“When this facility opens, it will be among the finest hospitals for birthing and children’s services in the state,” said Sutter Medical Center CEO Carrie Owen Plietz. “The new hospital combines the renowned expertise and reputation of Sutter Memorial Hospital with the latest and best technology in a unique atmosphere that will promote healing,”
In addition, Sutter General Hospital is undergoing a major renovation that will bring the latest medical technology, integrated art and primarily private rooms to five key service areas: adult and specialized pediatric emergency medicine, cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics and oncology. When the new complex opens, Sutter General will be rechristened as the Ose Adams Medical Pavilion.
The new and remodeled facilities will allow Sutter Health to bring its medical expertise, technology and patient-focused care into one easily accessible medical campus. By locating all primary and specialty care services in a central location with convenient freeway access, patients and families will gain faster and easier access to needed medical services.