Mercy General Hospital Construction Update

Construction is progressing on the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center at Mercy General Hospital. To celebrate completion of structural steel, Mercy General hosted a topping off event on February 17, 2011, during which the last piece of steel was put in place.

The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the residential housing project is expected to be released in late Spring 2011. Permitting is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2011 with construction starting in early 2012.

At the February 22, 2011, Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) meeting held in Mercy General Hospital’s Main Auditorium, community members learned about, questioned and discussed a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) mandated that as of January 1, 2011, all of their facilities were required to adhere to a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus. All patients, guests, physicians, staff and volunteers are not permitted to smoke anywhere on hospital grounds. I expressed concern to Denny Powell that the effect of the policy has been to push smokers onto its neighbors.

Mercy Hospital administration reports that they will be taking the following steps:

  • Offer a six-week smoking cessation program, “No Ifs, Ands or Butts” available at a reduced rate to employees and neighbors. Call 453-4268 for more information on this program.
  • Continue to have ongoing communication with staff about being respectful to neighbors and choosing alternative locations for smoking in public areas;
  • Employees are asked to remind each other should they see a fellow employee smoking in front of a nearby home;
  • Purchase of several concrete receptacles that will be placed in public areas on the perimeter of the campus but not near homes in the hopes that smokers will be directed to those areas.

I am not optimistic that the above actions will solve the problem, but we will continue to monitor the situation and ask Mercy to work on cooperative solutions with neighbors.

Neighbors also shared concerns about vendors utilizing the center turn lane on J Street for unloading and loading. Ron Yasui of the City of Sacramento’s Development Services Department noted that such usage is citable and the Sacramento City Police’s non-emergency number should be called to rectify any such violation.

Angie Louie of the City of Sacramento’s Traffic Engineering Division provided an update on the Neighborhood Traffic Management Project (NTMP) traffic calming measures enacted as a condition of approval for the project and are being installed and overseen by the City of Sacramento. In short, work is progressing and should be completed by this fall. Improvements include a pedestrian island on H Street at 42nd and Mission Way; five enhanced pedestrian crossing signs with pedestrian-activated flashing LED borders; and four-second crossing advance at the traffic lights on J and H Streets at 39th
Street. For questions or more information on the NTMP for the area, contact Debb Newton at 808-6739 or dnewton@cityofsacramento.org.

Shred-it, the vendor that comes to the Mercy General Hospital campus on a regular basis to shred private documents related to patient care had been performing its duties within the curtilage of the hospital campus on J Street. The act of shredding was loud; neighbors expressed concern about the noise it generated. In response, Mercy General Hospital has relocated the Shred-it truck to the interior of the hospital campus to alleviate the noise spilling over to private residences.

Standing water at the site of the old Sacred Heart Parish School was brought to the attention of Carmine Faro, CHW Area Manager, Design and Construction. Working with the Sacramento Vector Control, measures have been implemented to ensure existing standing water is filtered and discharged to the storm drain system, and as rains cause future puddling, the Team will work to drain any/all standing water.

The next NAC meeting will be held at a date and time to be determined in May, 2011. In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call Mercy’s Construction hotline at 552-6931 or email mghconstruction@chw.edu.

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