Sutter Roseville Medical Center in the US state of California has opened a 98,400ft2 expansion of emergency and critical care services.
The facility advanced the opening of the $178m expansion by a month in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The expansion, the construction of which began in 2017, was originally slated to open on 27 May 2020.
With the opening, Sutter Roseville Medical Center further strengthens its emergency department, nearly doubles the number of critical-care beds and adds 58 more private rooms.
The expansion is also connected to the existing emergency department on the first floor and surgical and critical care services on the second.
Sutter Roseville CEO Brian Alexander said: “When our team met in late February to discuss surge preparations for Covid-19, it was apparent that we needed to move up the opening of this expansion to ensure we had the highest level of care available for the expanding needs of our community and region.
“Our staff, construction partners, and state and local agencies all banded together and worked diligently to open this expansion 30 days early, but to the same high safety and quality standards.”
Overall, the expansion provides the healthcare facility with 34 additional emergency beds, seven emergency triage areas and 24 additional ICU rooms.
Additionally, the new site features two operational interventional labs, while the third is currently being built with additional capabilities.
Notably, the US is one of the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of 28 April, it has reported more than 988,000 confirmed cases, while the death toll crossed 56,000.
Globally, the disease has infected more than three million people.