Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Ctr – NICU Renovation


Acute Care Hospitals


Carmichael, CA




$34 Million


November 2020

Converting Existing NICU & Renovating Existing LDRP Department

This former shell space on the 3rd floor of the McAuley Tower is being renovated to house a new 40-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for Mercy San Juan Medical Center. The construction of the NICU 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 for prenatal care through postpartum care.  The unit will include (8) 3-bed pods with a shared nurse station between each pod, 4 isolation rooms, and 12 private patient rooms. The center core space will provide a central nurse station, offices, staff lounge, equipment storage, and an infant feeding preparation area. The unit will include state-of-the-art equipment, security, and design features also supporting MSJMC’s mission for the delivery of quality, patient-centered care. The Stahl Companies is serving as the owner’s representative for Project Management.   

This project requires ongoing coordination of construction impacts with existing operations in the rest of the McAuley Tower and adjacent services. The construction phase of the replacement NICU unit is scheduled for completion in November 2020. 


Transition Planning Equipment Logistics

Stahl meetingThe Stahl Companies also provides Transition Planning and Equipment Logistics for this project and our team has been meeting with staff since early 2019. This major expansion in NICU services comes with significant changes in workflow, policies and procedures, and communications. Current services are performed in a much smaller footprint with attending nurses within visual and voice communication distance. The new space will have a combination of private rooms and 3-patient pods which requires a change in communication methods. The infant feeding preparation room is a new and advanced function, an upgraded service not yet integrated in most hospitals. The Stahl transition team is guiding the hospital team through the transition and occupancy planning phases with a planned opening of the new unit October 2020.