Photo of artist rendering of proposed facility
UC Davis and Mercy will share the lease on the new 66,000-square-foot facility in Rocklin, known as the Placer Center for Health. (Photo of artist rendering of complete facility) 

What's an efficient way to meet health care needs for one of California's fastest growing counties? The answer can be found in one word: collaboration.

In an innovative effort, UC Davis Health System and Catholic Healthcare West have teamed up to build an outpatient medical facility that will bring more physicians, medical technology and primary and specialty-care services to the Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville areas of Placer County. The two health systems will share space in a soon-to-be-constructed, 66,000-square-foot facility in Rocklin that will be called the Placer Center for Health.

Working Together

UC Davis and Catholic Healthcare — known locally for its Mercy hospitals — will operate their own respective offices for primary and specialty-care services. They plan on sharing access to an outpatient pharmacy, clinical laboratory and array of diagnostic imaging services, including CT, MRI, ultrasound, general X-ray and mammography equipment.

For this unique project, Mercy-affiliated physicians will occupy 22,000 square-feet on the top floor of the three-story complex, with UC Davis physicians occupying and equal amount of space on the second floor. Outpatient services, including imaging, laboratory and pharmacy, will be available on the first floor.

The new health center will be located near Highway 65 in Rocklin's Orchard Creek Business Park. Construction is expected to start within the next year.

"Working with Mercy on this new facility enables us to expand our health care presence in Placer County and more quickly bring our expertise and services to this rapidly growing region," said Nabil Musallam, senior associate director for hospital and clinics at UC Davis.

Mercy officials are equally enthusiastic about the joint effort.

"We are pleased to collaborate with UC Davis Health System to better serve the needs of the growing community," said Michael Uboldi, service area president for Catholic Healthcare West, which operates the local Mercy hospitals. "Together, we can address health-care needs in a cost-effective manner."

Mercy and UC Davis have a long history of working together to meet regional needs. In the late 1990s, UC Davis supported Mercy's effort to establish a Level 2 trauma center and helped in the training of physicians. The two health systems collaborated to establish a cancer treatment center in Merced, and last year, partnered with several other organizations to create the Salvation Army's Interim Care facility in Sacramento to provide homeless patients with a safe and comfortable place to recuperate after being discharged from local hospitals.

A Wide Range Of Services Offered

In addition to convenience, Placer Center for Health will offer community access to physicians affiliated with the outstanding programs and services available at the local Mercy hospitals. Residents also will be able to tap into a wide range of UC Davis services, from physicians who specialize in family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine, to those with expertise in cardiology, and oncology. An on-site infusion center with 11 treatment stations will offer cancer patients the convenience of expert cancer care closer to home.

UC Davis currently operates primary care clinics in 10 communities throughout the greater Sacramento area, including offices in Rocklin, Roseville and Auburn. The new center will include between 10 to12 primary care physicians and up to five full-time medical specialists, plus their nursing and support staff. It ultimately will replace the existing UC Davis clinic in Rocklin, which is located on Five Star Boulevard.

Placer Center for Health is adjacent to approximately 15 acres that are also controlled by the University of California. UC Davis envisions that parcel as future home to a regional ambulatory cancer treatment center and outpatient clinic.

Musallam says that if the upcoming project with Mercy is successful, future collaborations might include other outpatient facilities and an inpatient hospital.