On May 22, 2012, the Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC) opened its doors to the community and, in the words of its President and CEO, Charles J. Cova, “A new era of health care dawned in Santa Maria and throughout the entire Central Coast.” Located in Santa Maria, California, MRMC is rated among the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac care and its cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast. Responding to the rapidly growing population of the Santa Maria Valley and its demand for quality, technologically advanced care, a journey began 15 years ago to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital. At 239,560-square-feet and adding 181 new beds, the new $210 million facility doubles the size of the existing hospital and includes the latest in lifesaving technology, private patient rooms, a 21-bed Newborn ICU, expanded Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit, advanced cardiac care, comprehensive oncology care and superior imaging services. The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology service providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients.
On March 7, 2012, more than 1,00 community members gathered to celebrate the new hospital Blessing Dedication ceremony. On May 12, MRMC announced that the medical center had received final state occupancy approval by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) to move into the building. Then on May 22, MRMC began accepting patients to the new hospital and all patients admitted to the existing facility were moved to the new hospital to their new private patient rooms. For more than two years, MRMC’s Patient Move Team had been working to systematically prepare, organize and execute the new hospital patient move process. Just as patients were moved from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hospital, Marian’s predecessor, to Marian Hospital in 1967, the team moved patients into the new hospital, all without missing a meal. A nurse was each and every patient before, during and after the move along with other dedicated team members. Fidenzio “Bruno” Brunello was the first patient to move into the new Marian Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, May 22. At 10:50 a.m. and weighing a healthy 7-pounds, 2-ounces, MRMC welcomed its first baby (girl) to be born in the new Hospital, Naydeline Blanco. The existing Emergency Department remained open throughout the night of May 21 and into the early morning hours. Starting at 7 a.m. on May 22, community members requiring emergency treatment were directed to the new hospital’s Emergency Department and began admitting patients at 8 a.m.
Marian Regional Medical Center is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, California and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, California. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service. As with each of the other hospitals, MRMC is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of its community.
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