This weekend, the longtime Sacramento “baby hospital,” Sutter Memorial, will officially be closing its doors, and its patients will be moved over to Sutter Health's new midtown location, to be known as the Sutter Medical Center Sacramento.
Since the 1930s, Sutter Memorial Hospital's been serving the Sacramento community from a building on F Street.
Founded in 1937, hospital administrators say more than 348,000 babies have been born at Sutter Memorial. Now, officials say it’s time for an upgrade.
"All of the technology is here, and it limits the amount of patients having to move between our facilities,” said Rick Harrell, a hospital regional executive for cardiovascular services.
Saturday, the hospital is moving its entire operation to its new location, on the campus of Sutter General Hospital on 29th Street.
The moving process has already begun.
Harrell says the move consolidates all primary and specialty care services into one, better-equipped location.
"We needed upgraded technology to support the community … for our physicians to be closer to us, and closer to the hospital, so that people can really come to a medical campus,” said Harrell.
One benefit of the new facility is that each room is individualized for one patient, an upgrade from rooms at Memorial Hospital, most of which were designed for two patients.
For some hospital staff like Deborah Hopwood, it won’t be easy to say goodbye to a place that’s been like a second home, in her case, for 35 years.
"We’re sad about leaving, there's been many tears, but we're also very happy. We're ready to move into our new facility," Hopwood said.
The new move means moving patients to the new facility as well -- a challenge, Harrell says, they’re ready for.
"All of our medical specialists will be there, they'll be on hand, they'll be accompanying patients where it's most appropriate. We'll have the same staff who are caring for people."
The move is 15 years in the making. The most impressive part of this facility, according to Hopwood, is what happens inside.
"What we're trying to keep in perspective though we're moving into this beautiful state of the art facility, it's really the people that make our organization."