Fremont-Rideout Health Group Breaks Ground on $225 Million Expansion

Main_ExteriorMARYSVILLE, Calif. — Fremont-Rideout Health Group broke ground on a $225-million expansion of Rideout Memorial Hospital that will transform six square blocks in the historic town into a regional medical center. Fremont-Rideout Health Group is serving as the general contractor with Jacobs Engineering providing construction management. Project architects are Stafford King Wiese Architects and Kelly Architecture & Planning.

The new six-story hospital building, to be connected to the current structure, will include a two-story maternity center, rooftop heliport for Life Flight operations and a major expansion of the emergency department, which is the only Level III Trauma and STEMI-receiving Center between Chico and Sacramento. The project is being funded in part by a $110-million bond issue.

“For the past five years, Fremont-Rideout has been focused on realizing its stated vision of a regional medical center offering advanced medicine and a full continuum of healthcare services,” said CEO Theresa Hamilton. “Fundraising, increased efficiencies, quality score improvements, technology investments and recruiting the best and brightest medical professionals, have all played a part in the pursuit of this vision.”

The expansion addresses the increasing needs of the greater Yuba-Sutter community for emergency and acute care (last year Rideout handled more than 55,000 emergency room visits in a facility designed for 25,000), and Fremont-Rideout’s growing number of specialty medical services for residents of its five-county region (Yuba, Sutter, Colusa, western Nevada and southern Butte counties).

Already underway on the same campus is the expansion of The Fremont-Rideout Cancer Center, an affiliate of UC Davis Health System. Opening this September, it will nearly double the size of that facility. The hospital also houses The Heart Center at Rideout, which offers the full range of cardiac care, from diagnostic and interventional to surgery and rehabilitation. Imaging and laboratory facilities, medical offices, parking and Peach Tree Health’s 24/7 urgent care clinic are already part of the complex. FRHG operates several other specialty care clinics, (including urology, orthopedics and pain management), home health and hospice services and senior living facilities in the area.

Fremont-Rideout Health Group, the largest non-government employer in Yuba and Sutter Counties, is an independent, nonprofit healthcare organization employing nearly 2,000 Californians. In fulfillment of its mission to provide quality healthcare to everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, FRHG last year provided more than $25 million in unreimbursed or free medical care to uninsured or underinsured patients. More information is available at


Posted March 16, 2012

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