$7.6 Million In Construction Projects Shows Community Commitment  
Monday, 09 November 2009 

Templeton, CA -- With three construction projects totaling $7.6 million scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010, Twin Cities Community Hospital shows its dedication to continued growth to better serve our community's medical needs.

More than 9,500 sq. ft. is under construction to provide Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), an integrated outpatient Diagnostic Center and additional medical surgical beds.

The new MRI is a GE 1.5 Tesla Hi-Speed LX MRI System.  MRI can be used to image various parts of the body and is regularly used for neurological conditions, tumor evaluations and identifying muscle and joint disorders.

Chief Operating Officer Joe Badaliad said, "MRI is a necessary clinical tool for our patients and physicians. While we've had regular access to a MRI, we felt it was extremely important to have one on-site to increase patient satisfaction." 

MRI provides much greater contrast between the different soft tissues of the body than computed tomography (CT) and is especially useful in neurological (brain), musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and oncological (cancer) imaging. The MRI was installed on Sept. 29, with full licensing on Nov. 9.  "This eliminates the need to transport hospitalized patients to nearby facilities and allows us to expand our outpatient diagnostic services. We have add ed another modality to our arsenal to diagnose disease," adds Badalian.

The second project is the Diagnostic Center, which integrates Radiology, Cardiology, Laboratory and Respiratory services. The Center is being constructed a cost of just over $2 million and adds 4,700 sq. ft.  Twin Cities hopes to serve local residents outpatient needs by combining quality and one-stop convenience. Said Badalian, "No longer will patients be required to travel among several hospital departments to be admitted and obtain their lab, radiology, cardiology or respiratory studies."

Dr. Shannon Berry, an Internal Medicine Physician affiliated with Twin Cities said, "Patients and physicians are looking forward to in Twin's new outpatient center as a convenient, efficient, professional and affordable place to meet all their outpatient service needs."

The Diagnostic Center will provide reserved parking, three registration areas, convenient reception area, five recovery beds, two blood drawing rooms, two respiratory therapy rooms, EKG, Pulmonary Function Testing room and multiple imaging and cardiovascular rooms.

The third project increases the number of medical and surgical beds, boosting the hospital's bed count from 114, to 122. The project's investment exceeds $5.3 million in construction costs and will be finished in the third quarter of 2010.

With the new constuction, Twin Cities will not only be better able to serve the community's medical needs, we will make a major economic impact.  The new services will require 39 more full time employees, all from San Luis Obispo County.  This works out to $3,243,000 in new salaries and $76,000 more in incremental property taxes, for a total economic impact to San Luis Obispo County of $3,319,000total economic impact to San Louis Obispo County.

Twin Cities Community Hospital, part of Tenet California, is a 114-bed acute care hospital at 1100 Las Tablas Road in Templeton.  Since opening in 1977, Twin Cities has provided personalized quality patient care as the cornerstone of its operating philosophy.  Twin Cities’ new patient tower, opened in fall 2007, provides 30 new private rooms for obstetrics, intensive and telemetry care patients, and 23 ER suites, including three trauma rooms. 

Twin Cities Community Hospital provides a broad range of medical, surgical and outpatient care.  Working closely with affiliated physicians, Twin Cities places special emphasis on clinical services important to local residents, including hip and knee replacement, surgical care, stroke intervention, emergency care and maternal child services.  

Twin Cities and its sister facility Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center together employ more than 1,700 local residents, making Tenet the second largest private employer in San Luis Obispo County. More than 115 active medical staff members practice at Twin Cities and 160 local residents volunteer at the hospital. 

The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency