Marin General Hospital (MGH) is at a significant turning point in its history. Since opening in 1952 in Marin County, Calif., the facility has seen a five-fold population increase. MGH is the only provider of many acute care services in the area, and its Level 3 trauma center and emergency department (ED) receive 70 percent of the county’s ambulance traffic.

To meet this demand, as well as the evolution of medical procedures and patient care over the last several decades, Marin General Hospital broke ground on a $535 million replacement hospital, called MGH 2.0, in July 2016.

Phase 1 includes two new towers housing 114 private patient rooms, an expanded ED, and six new operating/procedural suites. The new facility, designed by Perkins Eastman (Los Angeles), is scheduled to open to patients in mid-2020.

The hospital is being designed to meet or exceed the latest state-mandated standards for earthquake safety. Additionally, MGH 2.0 will be built to achieve LEED certification.

In July 2017, hospital executives, Marin General Foundation board members, and local representatives attended a topping-off ceremony to install the final beam of the new building. The project team has already completed a five-level parking structure, which includes rooftop solar panels designed to be functional for both the current and future hospital.

The new hospital will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, green spaces, rooftop gardens, balconies, and natural light in each room to support a healing environment for patients and their families.

The 21,500-square-foot ED and trauma center will include private patient rooms, expanded CT scanning capabilities, MRI services, and robotic operating rooms.

Once Phase 1 is completed, work is planned for a five-story 100,000-square-foot ambulatory services building and a second parking structure. The current hospital will continue to operate throughout the construction process.