Now that the Radiation Oncology Center elevators in the Buhler Building/Sutter Cancer Center have been taken out, construction crews are erecting the bridge that will connect the Buhler Building to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. This will be the sixth bridge that links the midtown Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento hospitals together and to the outpatient services and physician offices at Sutter Capitol Pavilion, Buhler Building and Fort Sutter Medical Complex.
On the weekend of Oct. 26 and 27, L Street will be closed in order to deliver the bridge’s steel to the site. The set-up will be similar to when L Street was closed for the construction of the spanning structure, with valet parking for the Buhler Building and Sutter General Hospital flowing in the opposite direction. Traffic will exit through the SGH drop-off lane and turn right on 28th Street.
The sidewalk on the Sutter General Hospital side will remain open throughout the weekend, and all staff and visitors should enter at the main hospital lobby. For those going to the Buhler Building, please cross L Street at 28th Street or walk across the bridge that connects the hospital and Buhler.
The work will be completed by Monday, Oct. 28, and L Street will be back to normal for the workweek.
This area will serve as the main lobby for Sutter General Hospital until the expanded campus opens next fall. At that time, the lobby will become the waiting area and admissions for the expanded Emergency Department. Hospital admissions and visitors for the expanded midtown Sutter Medical Center campus will be through the first floor of the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center.
The new Sutter General lobby includes a new security desk and flooring that accentuates the famed Fred Uhl Ball ceramic and copper mural on the north wall.
The public restrooms on the first floor have also reopened, and the public restrooms on the second floor will close for upgrades.
The framing for the permanent canopy over the Donor Drive at the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center was constructed over the past weekend. The second-story bridge to connect the Women’s and Children’s Center and the Buhler Building will be right underneath it, and the canopy will keep patients, visitors and staff dry during inclement weather at the entrance to the new hospital. That will be the main entrance for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento when the expanded medical center opens next year.
The new Radiation Oncology Center entrance inside the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center opened today and decommission and demolition of the current ROC elevators in the Sutter Cancer Center/ Buhler Building will begin at the same time.
The L Street sidewalk from the Buhler Building to 29th Street has opened, allowing patients, staff and visitors to access the ROC from the north entrance to the Women’s and Children’s Center. One elevator will be available for patient use to the ROC’s new lobby.
Also opening at the same time will be the spanning structure’s first level, which connects the second floors of the Women’s and Children’s Center and Sutter General Hospital. This will allow staff to transport patients to and from the ROC to diagnostic imaging and patient rooms in SGH.
Beginning next week, crews will cordon off the ROC elevators and stairs on the first and second floors of the Buhler Building and begin decommissioning them, which includes disconnecting the electrical systems, the fire alarms, etc. Then they will be removed to make room for the bridge that will connect the Buhler Building with the Women’s and Children’s Center over what is currently called Donor Drive.
The work to demolish the elevators, build the bridge and finish Donor Drive will take approximately seven months.
The new look of the Sutter General Hospital main entrance and lobby will premiere Wednesday, July 31, when the revolving door will stop spinning for a couple of months while construction crews remodel the second half of the hospital lobby.
New flooring and registration desks have been constructed during the first phase of the lobby remodel project, and on July 31 all patients and visitors will enter Sutter General Hospital through a new, handicap-accessible door a few feet from the revolving door. Meanwhile, the other half of the hospital lobby will be receiving new flooring and a desk, too, which will take up to eight weeks to complete. Signage will point the direction to registration and the elevators. Read More about Half of New Sutter General Hospital Lobby to Premiere
Our Children’s Advisory Board made up of local business leaders, volunteers, parents, physicians and staff recently toured the Women’s and Children’s Center to see the first-hand progress. The group was overwhelmed with excitement when they got to see the private patient rooms, large playrooms, family lounges and the overall focus on patient and family centered care the building will offer.
Hear from a few of the Children’s Advisory Members about how the new facility will help provide a healing space for our children: