Kaweah Delta Master Plan
Kaweah Delta’s Master Plan
What will Kaweah Delta look like in the next 10, 15, or 30 years? With
the expertise of RBB Architects and help from our community we’re
on course to determine what Kaweah Delta will look like in the future.
Our Master Planning Firm provides monthly updates at our regularly scheduled
board meetings. For the next update, please review the next board agenda
for the upcoming master plan presentation, click
To view past presentations, please review the monthly update provided by
the Master Planning Firm in the board meeting archives, click
Why Do We Need a Master Plan?
Kaweah Delta must meet the changing healthcare needs of the region today
and into the future. A master plan is an important tool that will be based
on research, best practices and community feedback to serve as our guide
to meeting the future healthcare needs of this community.
What Will the Master Plan Address?
The master plan will help us develop solutions to the following:
Replacement of the
Mineral King Wing, which houses 221 inpatient hospital beds that cannot be used beyond 2030
because the structure does not meet California’s earthquake standards.
- Propose new facilities for Kaweah Delta to care for the community.
- New services needed
- Our ability to increase the community’s access to health care
- Areas that are currently a challenge, including parking.
Our Master Planning Firm
The master planning firm, RBB Architects, was unanimously selected by the
Board in November 2018 with input from members of Kaweah Delta’s
“Hospital of the Future” Community Advisory Committee, one
of five community groups totaling approximately 200 people that have offered
Kaweah Delta input on a variety of topics. Members of the “Hospital
of the Future” Committee were there when RBB, one of four leading
architectural and engineering firms, presented proposals after Kaweah
Delta reached out to 10 firms, none of whom were involved in the master
facility plan developed for Kaweah Delta in 2015. The final four proposals
are available to download (PDF format) at
Founded in 1952, RBB is based in Los Angeles and has completed over 10,000
health care and other master planning projects throughout the U.S. and
overseas. The Board and committee members were impressed with RBB’s
experience, its ability to maximize cost savings for others, including
Dignity Health Mercy Merced’s replacement hospital in 2010, and
its No. 1 architectural firm ranking from the Office of Statewide Health
Planning and Development (OSHPD). The group liked RBB’s design philosophy,
which includes elements that improve quality of care for patients and
reduce costs. An example is elimination of wasted space to reduce the
number of steps a nurse takes from a work station to a patient’s
bedside. RBB is also the architect behind Kaweah Delta’s Emergency
A key component of the master plan is centered on determining the number
of acute care beds that we will need in the future to care for this community.
We have already determined this number is lower than one might think due
to changes in the way healthcare is being delivered; hospitals are being
asked more to keep people healthy and out of hospitals or deliver care
in outpatient settings, which do not require an overnight stay.