Tuesday, December 26, 2006

City of Hospitals

The city of trees is becoming the city of hospitals, with the medical field becoming, along with government, the regions largest employer.

But in terms of upgrading neighborhoods through the concentration of good salaries with homebuyers and apartment renters living within walking distance (in many cases) of their work, a good thing.

More hospital growing pains
Mercy General's plan to expand facilities again draws ire of nearby residents.
By Todd Milbourn - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Sisters of Mercy founded east Sacramento's Mercy General Hospital in 1925. In the last half-century, the hospital's growth has generated a good deal of controversy.

That growth has allowed Mercy to become a leader in heart care and a vital resource to a growing region. It's also forced the destruction of dozens of homes, bungalows and apartments, making one of Sacramento's older and better-heeled neighborhoods less residential and more prone to traffic jams.

The decades-old fight is heating up again.

Mercy wants to build a five-story, 120-bed heart center on its campus at 40th and J streets.

To do that it plans to relocate a nearby school and remove some 17 apartment units and homes, some of which are nearly 100 years old.