New Integrated Diagnostic Center Debuts 
Monday, 10 May 2010 

Templeton, CA – Twin Cities Community Hospital has opened a fully integrated Diagnostic Center in the hospital’s former emergency department. The $2.5 million 4,700 sq. feet, state-of-the-art facility integrates radiology, cardiology, laboratory and respiratory services.

Hospitals are typically designed to treat inpatients. The new Diagnostic Center, designed exclusively for outpatients, includes designated parking and registration. The design provides coordinated outpatient care in one, well-designed space. It prevents patients from having to wander down hospital halls searching for the right department and staff member.

The center features new mammography and bone densitometry units and also allows returning patients to skip the registration process via use of an ID card.

Dr. Shannon Berry, Internal Medicine Physician affiliated with Twin Cities, says, “Patients and physicians are looking forward to Twin's new outpatient center.  It's a convenient, efficient, professional and affordable place where outpatients can receive all the services they need.”

The long-term goal of Twin Cities is to improve local healthcare. The new Diagnostic Center helps us meet that goal and shows we can provide a multitude of services in one convenient location. The Diagnostic Center's goal is to make healthcare more accessible and provide the community with an ideal environment in which to receive services. Twin Cities is dedicated to continued growth.  The Diagnostic Center is part of a $7.6 million construction project expected to be completed at the end of this year.

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.