Sutter Health Donates Former Warrack Hospital to SAY
Today, Sutter Health announced the donation of the former Warrack Hospital to Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) to advance their mission to provide education and housing for at-risk Sonoma County youth. This building will provide a tremendous resource for the support of local youth.
In 2008, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa’s (SMCSR) Warrack Hospital building closed to consolidate services at the Chanate facility. This closure rendered the majority of the west side of the building vacant. For the past several years, Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation Lab, X-ray and the Institute for Health and Healing have occupied the east wing of the former hospital and will remain in operation as neighbors to SAY.
In 2012, supporters of SAY approached SMCSR to request consideration of repurposing the Warrack building for a youth opportunity center. As a supporter of SAY’s mission, SMCSR decided to explore the opportunity. In May of 2012, SMCSR and SAY executed a letter of intent and exercised a due diligence period to examine the viability of transforming the building for the newly intended use.
SAY’s newly named, Dream Center, will operate the former hospital building serving Sonoma County youth with proven counseling, employment and education services. In addition, the Dream Center will offer 63 new units of affordable housing for imminently homeless, former foster youth, ages 18-24. In order to transform the campus from hospital to home, an extensive interior remodel will begin this winter. The Dream Center expects to begin operations in late 2015.
“Donating the former Warrack campus to help struggling youth turn their lives around is absolutely the right thing to do,” said Mike Purvis, SMCSR chief administrative officer. “SAY has a proven track record for ensuring a lasting impact on the future and success of those they are serving. We are proud and excited to contribute to the success of our community.”
This is not the first partnership between SMCSR and SAY. Currently, the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency program, sponsored by SMCSR, works with the Vista Clinic and SAY to provide mobile health services to homeless youth in the Santa Rosa community.
“It’s wonderful to offer greatly needed services to these young people through the mobile clinic. They’re able to receive vaccinations and prescription medications, advice about health care issues and insurance,” said Matt Martin, SAY executive director. “The donation of the former Warrack hospital from Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa is further testimony of their determination to help our community stay healthy and whole. Through our innovative housing and program models, which focus on helping youth succeed in all aspects of their lives, we know our programs at the Dream Center will offer youth the opportunities they need to grow.”
About Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, a non-profit and part of the Sutter Health Network
The new hospital will open on Oct. 25, 2014 as Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and will provide a full range of five-star personalized care and award-winning services in all private rooms. Services include intensive care; emergency services; obstetrics, nursery care and level III neonatal intensive care; medical and surgical services; invasive cardiac surgery; supporting ancillary services and a full range of women’s reproductive health services.
About Social Advocates for Youth
Social Advocates for Youth is a non-profit agency providing support, opportunities and hope to children, youth and families. Founded in 1971, today SAY focuses on three core areas of action: Housing, Counseling and Jobs.
SAY operates the Dr. Coffee Teen Shelter, Sonoma County’s only 24/7 teen shelter, and the Mary and Jose Tamayo Village, an affordable housing program for former foster youth and homeless young adults. SAY counseling programs include free and low-cost counseling, family therapy and school-based counseling. Jobs programs include mentoring, job training, youth employment and educational support.