The ribbon was cut, and the celebration got underway yesterday afternoon at the new Sonora Regional Medical Center. Hundreds of people, young and old, turned out in the warm sunny weather to help welcome the new medical facility, as the Sonora High School Jazz Band and Summerville High School Jazz Chorus provided music.
Dignitaries included State Assembly Representative Dave Cogdill, Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors Chair Dick Pland, and Don Ammon, President and CEO of Adventist Health. U.S. Congressman George Radanovich arrived later to the ceremony, due to a plane delay.
City of Sonora Mayor Marlee Powell described the new hospital as “monumental.”
Tuolumne County Supervisor Jim Peterson attended yesterday´s gala event as well, and looks forward to what this hospital will add to the Motherlode.
Patients will be transferred to their new hospital rooms this Wednesday morning. Four ambulances will begin the transfer as early as 6am, and officials say they expect to have all patients in the new hospital by noon on Wednesday.