City Approves Sutter Expansion

Share |
(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, December 7, 2005

After a marthon meeting Tuesday night, Sacramento City Council members gave the go-ahead to Sutter’s proposed 460-Million dollar medical center.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer Tom Gagen says he’s glad they can finally move forward with the project.

"Couldn’t be happier, it’s been 5 years of long, hard work and I think we’ve get a great project as a result. Next is we’ve got a 30 day waiting period to see if there’s any appeals."

The expansion was opposed by the Service Employees International Union which is trying to organize Sutter hospital workers. Union vice-president John Borsos says they may file a lawsuit within the next 30 days challenging the project’s environmental impact report.  

"One avenue at our disposal is to actually go into court now and sue that there’s an appropriate EIR done and it’s certainly something that we’re contemplating." 

The new facility would inclue a women’s and children’s hospital, a pediatri E-R and a new parking garage. Sutter officials say it would create 4-thousand new jobs and an overall economic impact of a Billion dollars.