Renovated NICU Welcomes First Patient

September 23, 2020

At Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) in Oxnard, Wesely Thomas recently completed renovations on the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The renovation transformed general acute care patient rooms into 20 all-private suites. The unit also now features two suites that are combined to care for twins. In September 2020, SJRMC welcomed its first patient to the NICU.

Wesely Thomas was awarded the Dignity ENL (Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Labor & Delivery) project in December of 2017, including:
• Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – Renovation of existing general acute care patient rooms
• Emergency Department (ED) - Building expansion and renovations of the existing ED
• Labor & Delivery (L&D) – Renovation of the former NICU space upon completion and licensing of the new NICU area

WT mobilized to the job site, performing preconstruction work until breaking ground on April 30th, 2018. The first two phases of work included the ED expansion and the NICU renovation. The NICU renovation covered an existing 8,000 square feet of the hospital and a complete renovation including:
• Demolition
• Revisions to under-floor plumbing
• New HVAC
• Interior construction of drywall, paint, solid surface flooring, casework, and sliding barn-style doors

The final phase of the project focused on updating the exterior entries and sitework. A new steel/metal stud/stucco canopy was installed at the existing patient entry bridge to the NICU. Covered entry canopies were also constructed at both the patient and nurse entries. The adjacent parking areas were also remodeled and new landscaping and irrigation were installed.

The renovation passed the final Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) inspection on the first try. It was a technically challenging project and we are very proud that Dignity was pleased with our work. We are grateful to our team at Wesely Thomas for their professionalism, dedication, and hard work that helped to make this project a success.