Medical Center Long Term Planning
Petersburg Medical Center building is old and worn. The original Petersburg Hospital is now the Long Term Care wing and was built in the 1950‘s or early 1960’s. The Hospital was expanded in 1984; adjacent to and connected to the existing Long Term care concrete building. The clinic was added in the mid 1990’s. The basic infrastructure of the building is 30 to 50 years old. Jensen Yorba Lott did a report in 2015 that found that a majority of the systems, components and finishes have exceeded or are near the end of their service life and should be replaced. It also found that functional improvements are needed, to better support the services provided and to assure compliance with Guidelines for Health Care Facilities in regard to issues of infection control, patient safety, patient privacy, food service and sanitation. The assessment estimated the cost of upgrading the existing building at sixteen million dollars, and constructing a replacement facility of equal size at more than forty million dollars, excluding the cost of land. Following a recommendation from Petersburg Medical Center Long Term Planning Committee the hospital board voted in May 2017 to proceed with exploration of building a new hospital.