Upgrade work continues on surgical wing at Twin Cities Community Hospital

Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.
Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.

A project to modernize Twin Cities Community Hospital's surgical wing is now in its second phase.

The work is part of a $3 million project that started last fall and is expected to wrap up in November.

The first phase renovated 12 patient rooms and upgraded the nurses’ station. The rooms received new flooring, fresh paint, double-pane windows, ceiling lights, sink and restroom fixtures. The heating and cooling system also was replaced and every patient room has automated thermostat controls.

The current phase is completing the same work on five additional patient rooms.

A third, upcoming phase will fix up the storage and utility rooms adjacent to the nurses’ stations.

The surgical wing was first built in the mid-1970s and has received only minor updates such as new paint over the years, said Mike Lane, the hospital’s chief operating officer. The wing encompasses about 8,000 square feet on the hospital’s first floor.

Patients have been relocated to other areas in the hospital during construction and services have not been disrupted, Lane said.

The project is headed by Specialty Construction Inc. in San Luis Obispo and various local subcontractors, which created jobs for about 50 to 60 people, Lane said.