Dominican Hospital set for renovation, expansion

A ground-level view of the proposed Pavilion. — Contributed

Project will add 84,000 square feet, a parking garage

SANTA CRUZ Dignity Health Dominican Hospital will undergo a $360 million renovation and expansion to ensure the growing Santa Cruz County community can access health care now and into the future. The project will allow for advanced technology and new state-of-the-art facilities.

The Dominican Hospital Pavilion expansion and improvement project, slated to begin later this year, will add 84,000 square feet to the existing hospital — without increasing the hospital’s current footprint — and will include construction of a three-level parking garage with 410 parking spaces.

“Dominican Hospital has been taking care of our community for generations, and this expansion will mean increased access to the most advanced health care available, right here in Santa Cruz,” said Nanette Mickiewicz, MD, Dominican Hospital President. “While we are still in the early stages of planning, we are excited about the improvements to care and convenience the Pavilion project will bring to our patients and visitors.”

The Pavilion project will convert all semi-private patient rooms to private rooms, and create a new surgery department complete with larger operating rooms to accommodate more advanced procedures and prepare for the technology of the future.

Patient care will not be impacted by construction.

The new structures will be energy efficient, with LED lighting for energy savings and highly directional light that does not contribute to light pollution. Landscaping will emphasize drought-resistant and native plants.

The planning team also is exploring installation of solar power.  

Devenney Group, Ltd. will serve as the project architect, and McCarthy Building Companies will manage construction. Landscape architecture will be designed and installed by Joni L. Janecki and Associates. Hamilton Land Planning will oversee all aspects of project planning and management.

The project is in the early planning stages. A recent meeting with the hospital’s neighbors to gather feedback was the first step in the process.

The project timeline is several years, but Dominican Hospital will prioritize construction of the parking garage, which may be completed as soon as 18 months after the project is approved by the county. While the majority of the project will be funded by Dignity Health, a portion will be raised through a community campaign led by the Dominican Hospital Foundation.

To learn about the Dominican Hospital expansion project and view renderings, visit


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