Along with the nurses, doctors and patients, there seems to be another constant presence at West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell — construction crews. The 150-bed hospital has been continually expanding and remodeling its facility in recent years in an effort to serve the needs of the community and bring new services that weren’t previously offered in the area. “It’s really about keeping Caldwell patients in Caldwell,” said chief operating officer Jennifer Opsut.
When patients come to West Valley, the goal is for them to be treated at West Valley and not have to be transferred elsewhere. Opsut said the hospital is always looking at its service lines to determine what is needed. It looks at the cases coming through the emergency room and the number of patients who are being transferred out. “We monitor those really closely to look at community need,” she said.
The hospital recently invested $3 million in a new electrophysiology catheterization lab to offer a service that previously required patients to go to another hospital. Cardiovascular care was one of the areas where patients had to be transferred out. “This was done to bring advanced cardiac services to Caldwell for our community members, which we couldn’t do in the past,” Opsut said.