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Kaweah Health’s Master Facility Plan

Kaweah Health’s Master Facility Plan

What will Kaweah Health look like in the next 10, 15, or 30 years? With the expertise of RBB Architects and help from our community, we are on course to determine how Kaweah Health will continue to serve our community long into the future.

Where We’re at Today

We restarted our current master facility planning process in 2018, with an open and transparent public bidding process, for an architect who could develop a facility plan that would meet our future healthcare facilities and technology needs. RBB Architects was unanimously selected based on their proven track record of building lower-cost hospitals that are highly efficient to operate. RBB has developed a number of solutions for Kaweah Health, including our recently opened Emergency Department expansion.

Option 2 - Site View

The Mineral King Wing of our downtown hospital opened in 1969 and houses 206 of Kaweah Health Medical Center’s 435 inpatient acute care hospital beds. When this building opened it was state-of-the-art, with modern and private patient rooms. In 1969, Visalia had 27,000 residents; personal computers had not yet been released; it was the year that the U.S. went to the moon. A lot has changed since 1969. Healthcare has changed a lot, too.

While the Mineral King Wing has served us and our community well, it no longer meets the needs of our patients, their visitors, our employees, or the physicians practicing in our hospital. The patient rooms are quite small and the “pie” shape makes it difficult to bring all of the necessary equipment into the roomThe rooms simply were not designed for today’s medical equipment or computers. It is also very challenging for patient’s family and friends to comfortably visit in these small rooms. The infrastructure, including electrical, plumbing, and added computer wiring is all nearing capacity. Our community needs a modern facility that allows Kaweah Health to continue providing excellent care right here in Tulare County.