Dignity Health – Mercy San Juan Medical Center NICU Renovation


Acute Care Hospitals


Carmichael, CA




$34 Million


Construction In Progress

Converting Existing NICU & Renovating Existing LDRP Department

This project converts an existing shell space into a 40-bed, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The unit will support Dignity Health’s new partnership with Valley Children’s Healthcare, as well as provide support to surrounding rural areas by utilizing MSJMC’s transport services.

The NICU Renovation project is Phase I of a two-phase initiative by Dignity Health Corporate Real Estate. The second phase is a renovation of the existing LDRP Department, which is to be constructed following completion of the NICU Renovation project.

Dignity Health:

Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center is a 370-bed not-for-profit hospital located in Carmichael, California, serving the areas of north Sacramento County and south Placer County for more than 50 years. It is one of the area’s largest and most comprehensive medical centers. Dedicated to the community’s well-being, our staff and volunteers provide excellence in care for our patients each year.

Project Summary

In 2016, MSJMC established its clinical capabilities and reputation as a leading provider of NICU and Women’s and Children’s Services by being granted the Joint Commission Perinatal Care Certification. This gold seal of approval is a major accomplishment in that MSJMC became the first hospital on the West Coast to receive the accreditation from the Joint Commission. Building on this commitment of quality, the expansion to 40 NICU beds will further the mission of delivering quality, patient-centered care including managing low to high risk pregnancies, acting as the receiving transport center for high risk mothers and newborns, and providing support from prenatal care through postpartum care.

This project posed unique design challenges as it relates to maximizing the growth capacity for the NICU within the facility while meeting new and changing code requirements. Our team applied the facility’s mission and objectives to each design solution by building essential relationships with the clinical team and members of leadership and addressing concerns throughout the design process. Stahl’s involvement including building an effective team of experts and professionals and ensuring that all regulatory and operational considerations were made to deliver a project which supports MSJMC’s mission for quality, patient-centered care.

During Construction, the NICU Renovation project requires ongoing coordination of construction impacts with the existing operations. This includes highly disruptive work causing noise and vibration to adjacent floors, extensive above-ceiling plumbing installation within an operating ICU, and site logistics coordination with other construction projects underway in the same building. The Stahl Companies has been extensively involved in the communication and coordination of these impacts at the department level and with MSJMC Leadership to develop disruption plans which mitigate impact as much as possible while maintaining the project budget and schedule.

Throughout the life of the project, Stahl is providing Transition Planning services which will ultimately relocate the existing 26-bed unit to the newly constructed 40-bed NICU.