Sacramento, Calif.-based not-for-profit Sutter Health will consolidate services in its home base, closing aging 348-bed Sutter Memorial Hospital in downtown Sacramento by 2006 and moving its services to nearby 430-bed Sutter General Hospital.
A Sutter regional board voted to close the hospital on Nov. 3 and the Sutter system board will vote on the closing and how to fund the Sutter General expansion in 2001, Sutter officials said.
Sutter Memorial provides specialized tertiary-care services, such as organ transplants, pediatric and neonatal care. A facility for cardiac and pediatric services would be built adjoining Sutter General to replace Sutter Memorial, and is expected to open between 2004 and 2006. No cost estimates for construction were available.
Sutter, which operates 29 hospitals in Northern California, had been on the fence regarding the 63-year-old Sutter Memorial for years. In 1995 Sutter announced it would close the facility, then reversed the decision in 1997.