Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 AM

Clovis Community opens new tower

Clovis Community Medical Center opened its five-story bed tower, marking a major milestone in an expansion and renovation project that will make it the only comprehensive hospital in the area with all-private rooms. Other major improvements now open include additional labor and delivery rooms, a Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit, state-of-the-art surgical suites, da Vinci® robotic technology, a new parking structure, a redesigned lobby and a new dining area.


Only our patients could have inspired a transformation of this magnitude,” said Craig Castro, chief executive officer of the hospital. Castro added that he expects patients to be delighted with the private rooms and the “Get Well Network,” which turns the television in patient rooms into an entertainment and education portal. Patients will be able to request games and movies on demand and become more engaged in their care through video education courses tailored for them.

Other additions include seven inpatient operating rooms, an inpatient endoscopy suite, pre- and post-operative areas and a larger, more private emergency department.

Hospital visitors can now find local gourmet foods in an all new The Grove Café, including organic locally roasted Fabiano’s coffee and Bella Frutta nuts. Paul Luchi, director of Nutrition & Dining Services said soon visitors will also find Superior Dairy ice cream and P*de*Q gluten-free Brazilian dumplings.

The massive construction project began in 2010 and is slated to continue through 2013. Still to come is a medical plaza that will allow more physicians to open offices near the hospital, a high-tech Health & Education Conference Center with a 200-seat auditorium, a new cardiac cath lab, expanded ancillary services, such as pharmacy, laboratory and radiology, and a dedicated Women’s and Infants’ Pavilion.

When the expansion and renovation is finished, the hospital will increase from 109 general rooms to 204 private rooms, improving comfort and privacy for patients and families,

Erin Kennedy reported this story. She can be reached at