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ER Expansion

To meet the growing needs of our community, St. Joseph's Emergency Department is expanding. We're changing our space and transforming your experience. Phase One of our Emergency Room expansion is complete! And next on the horizon, we will be unveiling an Ouch-Less Pediatric area and an expanded ambulance bay to accommodate the increasing number of patients arriving by ambulance. 

Join us for a tour

This project would not be possible without the support of our generous donors. Please join us for a 20 minute tour of the ER, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 7-10 a.m.  Reservations are required. Please RSVP to the Foundation at (209) 467-6347 or email  

Your Support Makes a Difference

The costs to expand the emergency room and change the way we provide emergency care are considerable - more than $8 million - but will hold tremendous benefits for our community—impacting people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

St. Joseph's Foundation has committed to raise $5 million to fund this project.  We are only $950,000 away from our $5 million goal!  The sound financial investments of people like you - those who take pride in our community and understand the importance of accessibility at all times - are central to the success of this meaningful project. Please consider making a gift today! 100% of every dollar stays local and goes directly to the ER expansion.

State of the ER

Emergency departments across the nation are experiencing an overall increase in patient volume and the ER at St. Joseph’s Medical Center is no different. Every day our ER sees over 232 patients, a 30% increase over just last year, with volumes expected to continue to rise.   St. Joseph's sees at least 2x the number of patients than any other facility in the county.  In fact, our ER has more patient visits annually than Stanford, UC Davis, and UCSF Medical Centers. But, our physical ER space has not grown in over 20 years.

A multi-phase planning process has been developed to improve emergency care as we know it at St. Joseph’s. Core components include education for our community about appropriate use of the emergency department, the evaluation and streamlining of all processes, changes to the existing physical layout to improve workflow, and expanding to meet the increasing demands for emergency services now and into the future. 

Here for you and growing

ER expansion phase one

Phase One of our Emergency Room expansion is complete! The 8,000 sq. ft. expansion includes 24 new treatment spaces and a six person nurse/physician workstation.  To provide a comfortable place for patients and families, the waiting room has been renovated to include a new front desk, and new finishes that promote a calm, welcoming feeling.

Every change and thoughtful addition is designed to maximize our efficiency, improve workflows, reduce wait times, and offer more privacy for patients and loved ones during difficult times when anxiety and emotions can run high.  The expansion also enhances our SuperTrack process to reduce wait times for patients with minor illnesses and injuries, getting them home faster.  

Serving our community's little ones

ER-pediatricsPhase two will introduce an Ouch-Less pediatrics area designed to serve 30,000 patients per year, age 14 and younger.

  • Four private treatment rooms that specialize in serving children
  • Equipped for both serious injuries or minor illness
  • At the ready child-sized medical equipment
  • Bright, fun, child-focused décor to calm and sooth the patients
  • State-of-the-art, age appropriate entertainment
  • Room for family members to offer emotional support
  • Practice OUCHER Scale for treatment and communication of children
  • Utilize techniques such as dermal glue instead of stitches, topical anesthetics instead of injectable medications, and oral medications instead of shots, to create an experience that is as pain-free as possible 



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