More than 100 community members, physicians and volunteers gathered Thursday night for ’s “wall-breaking” ceremony to mark the start of construction of a $30 million neurosciences ICU and a medical-surgical nursing unit with all private patient rooms.
The project will create the Bay Area’s only community-hospital based dedicated neuro-sciences ICU, according to hospital spokeswoman Leslie Kelsay.
The ICU is going into shelled space on the fourth floor of the hospital’s North Tower, which was completed in 2005, Kelsay said.
The project is privately funded through the hospital’s affiliation with the Hospital Corporation of America, the country's leading provider of health care services, said hospital spokeswoman Leslie Kelsay.
A new neurosciences intensive care unit will enhance the hospital’s capacity to care for complex neurological cases, including stroke, according to Kelsay.
Good Samaritan was one of the first five hospitals in the country to receive advanced accreditation for stroke care from The Joint Commission, an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies more than 18,000 health-care organizations and programs in the United States, Kelsay said.