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The construction began on the emergency department and intensive care unit building in winter 2010 and was finished in winter 2012. SGMH began to see patients in the new ED/ICU in spring 2013. The new ED more than doubles the number of available beds—from 10 to 23. The number of ICU beds nearly tripled—from 6 to 16. The new ED has private rooms, and the ICU, which occupies the second floor, has rooms large enough for families to stay overnight.

ED utilization continues to rise throughout the state, with significant growth in ED utilization in the current economy and with the current number of uninsured. The location of San Gorgonio is significant as there are no other hospitals in the immediate vicinity, and without the new facility, patients would have to drive back to Riverside for access to care.

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