John Muir Medical Center Just What the Doctor Ordered

Growth is good news for local residents

Andy Whisenant
On Monday, May 9, 2011 - 12:33

The Walnut Creek campus of John Muir Medical Center is growing by leaps and bounds. That’s good news for local residents, who depend on the hospital as the only certified trauma center for Contra Costa County and part of Solano County.


A recent $621 million expansion included a new five-story, 347,000-square-foot patient tower and 92 new beds, a roof heliport, and a lobby featuring a sky-lit rotunda. The medical center’s new emergency department added 25 beds as well, which was beneficial since the department has seen its yearly number of patients grow by nearly 10 percent since 2003.


As the Walnut Creek campus grows, it has received notable attention from the health care community and the national media. In 2007, U.S. News and World Report called the facility one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics and for Digestive Disorders.


Additionally, the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded the hospital Magnet Status in 2008 for excellence in nursing services. In 2007, an independent study of clinical care at nearly 5,000 hospitals ranked the Walnut Creek campus in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for the second consecutive year, and the hospital also received a Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation.


Andy Whisenant, organizational communications major and Spanish minor, is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University and from Nashville, Tennessee.