Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Sutter opens Vallejo primary care center

Sutter opens Vallejo primary care center

East Bay Business Times - 2:26 PM PDT Tuesday
by Kathy Robertson

Sutter Regional Medical Foundation will open a new medical office building in Vallejo on August 14 to serve new and current patients living in Vallejo, Benicia and surrounding communities like America Canyon and Napa.

The 17,000-square-foot office is located on the second floor of the Sutter Solano Cancer Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Vallejo.

Sacramento-based Sutter Health is spending $42.5 million to recruit more doctors and build more medical offices in Solano County. Ambulatory care has become the fastest-growing segment of Sutter, as the health system adds services in areas where there is demand.

Two primary-care physicians will open the Vallejo office, but there is room for nine doctors and accompanying staff. An ear, nose and throat specialist and general surgeon will see patients at the new office, and additional specialties, including obstetrics and gynecology, will be added soon.

Patients can get laboratory work done on site, as well as X-rays, mammograms, ultrasound and bone-density tests.

Sutter stepped up its involvement in Solano in mid-2003, when the largest multispecialty doctors' group in the county sold its assets to the health system. The group is now called Sutter Regional Medical Foundation.

"We are extending our reach to South Solano County, giving residents and families greater choices in medical care in a new, state-of-the-art facility," said Dr. Samuel Santoro, president of the medical group.

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