If you’re driving in the area of ​​Interstate 50 and E. Bidwell Street in Folsom, you may notice new signs of progress on the planned medical campus of UC Davis Health. The staff prepares the site for the first of the three projects: a 112,000-square-foot outpatient clinic. Two new signs also announce that the area will be the future home of the Folsom Health Center.

One of the banners was unveiled on Friday at a worksite event. A construction worker used a crane to remove the curtain that was covering it, revealing the name and partners behind the project: UC Davis Health, contractor Rudolf and Selten, designers LPAS Architecture and Design Boulder Associates and the Jacobs construction management team.

UC Davis health leaders, partners and officials from Folsom City were present at the event.

“We are excited to move forward with this important project to expand and innovate patient care at Folsom,” said Mike Condren, interim executive director of UC Davis Medical Center and chief operating officer of UC Davis Hospital Health. “We have nurtured Folsom for more than two decades, and this project will allow us to enhance and grow primary and specialty care in the area while modernizing it.”

Left: View of the future Folsom Medical Building, designed and built by LPAS. Right: View of the future Folsom Medical Building, courtesy of LPAS Architecture and Design.

The new three-story outpatient clinic, called the Folsom Medical Office Building, will include primary and specialty care, a blood-drawing lab, an ophthalmology lab, and an optical store. It will also have an imaging and infusion ward offering treatments for cancer patients and other services. The building will have unobstructed views of the Sierra foothills.

“The City of Folsom is excited to celebrate the progress of the future UC Davis Health medical campus at Folsom Ranch,” said Folsom Mayor Rosario Rodriguez. “With the groundwork already underway, this expansion will ensure the health and wellness of our residents by providing high-level outpatient medical care close to home. With 40 acres set aside for this campus, UC Davis Health is positioned to expand along with City, planning for the needs of the Folsom community today and for many generations.”

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View of the future Folsom Medical Building, courtesy of LPAS Architecture and Design.

Grow with the city of Folsom

The $171 million medical building, which is scheduled for completion in 2025, is the first of many projects planned for the southwest corner of Interstate 50 and E. Bidwell, at Folsom Farm. It is also planned to construct a surgery centre, a hotel and a small hospital with an emergency department with a capacity of up to 30 beds. Condrin notes that the project will evolve with the needs of the region.

“The beauty of this project is that we can adapt and grow with the community. Our goal is to provide the services people need — from maternity care to advanced imaging — close to home so people don’t need to drive to Sacramento to get specialized care,” Condren explained.

The new health complex will use the latest technology, with a focus on providing more care outside the hospital, in outpatient centers, clinics or at home, reducing costs and making patients more comfortable.

UC Davis Health follows the UCSD Sustainable Practices Policy for the project, ensuring that energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and efficient transportation are incorporated into the design from the start.

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