Key elements of the Joint Project
In early 2007, Mercy General Hospital and Sacred Heart Parish School submitted a new application to the City of Sacramento for a smart growth infill project. This proposal for East Sacramento, where the two ministries have resided since the early 1900s, is the result of true community collaboration. Through input from area residents, Sacred Heart families and others, the 2007 proposal provides a better plan for the hospital, school and neighborhood.
"I think the opportunity to learn in a beautiful, modern environment is one to be fully embraced. The evolution of the school and the hospital plan will pave the way to achieve this goal."
~ Kathy Dana, Long time East Sacramento resident,
parent of former Sacred Heart students and current parishioner
Site map of Mercy General Hospital and Sacred Heart Parish School property
Key elements of the revised joint plan include:
Sacred Heart Parish School
- Modern two-story school building that is architecturally complementary to East Sacramento, built across 39th Street on the site of the vacant MercyCare facility and adjoining parcels
- School campus designed to better accommodate traffic flow during drop-off and pick-up times
- Grass playing field for students
Alex G. Spanos Heart Center / Replacement Building
- Construction of a state-of-the-art facility, including a new hospital entrance facing J Street
- Removal of East Wing building, built in the 1950s
- Reduction of hospital size from 171,246 sq. ft. to 123,350 sq. ft.
- Reduction of licensed beds from 342 to 315
- Commitment to a defined hospital campus boundary
- Implementation of a comprehensive traffic management plan to reduce employee and patient trips to the hospital, includes off-site parking for employees and a free shuttle to light rail for employees and the community
- Replacement of housing units, designed to keep with the integrity of the neighborhood, creating a high-end buffer between the hospital and neighbors
- Additional surface parking
- Relocation of existing hospital Chapel, creating a new, centrally-located Chapel to provide better access for patients and family members
- Creation of a Healing Garden for patients and visitors