Enloe Century Project FAQs:
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Enloe Century Project?

The Enloe Century Project is an expansion of Enloe Medical Center at 1531 Esplanade in Chico. The project consists of a new patient tower that includes a Surgery Center; an expanded Emergency Department, a parking structure and a park. The expansion is designed to enable Enloe to meet the health care needs of the growing community and satisfy state seismic requirements.

When did the Magnolia Tower Open?

The doors of Enloe Medical Center's Magnolia Tower opened for care on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. This a five-story patient tower with a Mediterranean-style facade double the size of the medical center, adding 191,000 square feet of space.

What does the Magnolia Tower offer?

This new patient tower encompasses many services and offers new amenities.

A Surgery Center doubles the number of existing surgical suites and has its own street entrance, reception area and lounge. It also includes dedicated heart, neurosurgical and orthopedic operating rooms.

Larger Medical/Surgical Units offer private and quiet rooms. Specialty rooms on each floor include a bariatric room with special lift equipment and isolation rooms for patients with contagious illness.

The Nettleton Mother & Baby Care Center is a beautiful unit dedicated to maternity services, offering private birthing and couplet care rooms, among the other amenities for families.



Two new Intensive Care Units offer 12 beds each for intensive care/ cardiovascular care and neuro-trauma-surgical intensive care patients.

A new main entrance with a reception area, lounge, private admitting areas.

A new Gift Shop and our Meditation Room provide places of comfort.

Comfortable family lounges on each upper floor offer a refreshment area.

Separate elevators for patients and the public, enhance patient privacy..




What is the Emergency Department Expansion?

In the years since Enloe opened its first dedicated Emergency Department in 1981, it had greatly outgrown the space. The Emergency Department expansion began in November 2012 to provided much needed room to comfortably care for the growing number of patients seen each year. Phase 1, the building of a new 18,000 square foot addition, was completed by August 2014. This was followed by phase 2, renovating existing space, opening in June 2015. In all, the department offers 25,000 square feet of space for emergency care -- three times larger than the original emergency room.

Features of the new addition are designed to enhance speed and comfort of care, and include:
• Canopied walk-in and drive-up patient entrance and separate ambulance entrance (both at W. 5th Ave.)
• Comfortable lobby with a children’s play area with books and a TV playing cartoons
Admitting, triage and advance practice areas designed to expedite less emergent cases
39 treatment beds in private rooms, including 5 resuscitation suites; a room with a contamination shower; and negative airflow isolation rooms. The department is designed to handle a multi-casualty incident, as Enloe is the disaster control facility for our region.
• 2-bay trauma room with overhead digital X-ray
2 behavioral health rooms for private, dignified treatment of psychiatric emergencies
Private conference room for doctors and social workers to talk with patients and their family
Dedicated x-ray machine and 128-slice CT scanner
• Additionally, the department’s interior design and art matches the look of the Magnolia Tower.

Phase 2 of the Emergency Department construction included a new main hospital corridor, off the main entrance and lobby. This centrally located hallway provides smoother access for the public making their way through the medical center. Also included in this phase was a fountain and plaza with low-water-use landscaping, trellises and park benches. The water feature uses recirculated water and, to avoid evaporation, runs only during the mornings and evenings.

What is the Park?

Now that Emergency Department construction is complete, we will build a park across the street from the medical center. It will be located between West 5th and 6th Avenues, from Arcadian to Magnolia.


A four-level, three-story parking structure opened in August 2008. It was the first phase of the Enloe Century Project and provides 742 parking spaces, much needed spsace for everyone at the medical center. Located 130 W. 6th Avenue, the building has a Mediterranean-style façade that complements the Magnolia Tower's exterior. Its beauty is enhanced by art panels featuring the work of local artists.

Will the existing patient tower be renovated?

Yes. Enloe continues to improve the existing hospital tower, known as the Fifth Avenue Tower, as well as original buildings of the medical center and the surrounding grounds. Renovations will match the look of the Magnolia Patient Tower and add a family lounge to each nursing unit. We also upgraded the facade to complement the Magnolia Tower.

When was the last expansion of the medical center?

The Enloe Century Project is the fourth expansion of its Esplanade campus. The maternity, ancillary and south wings were added in 1950, 1968 and 1971, respectively. Enloe’s first patient tower, the Fifth Avenue Tower, opened in 1981.

Why did Enloe need to expand?

After the Northridge earthquake in 1994, the state of California passed legislation requiring hospitals to rebuild or retrofit their facilities to meet strict seismic standards by 2013 – or shut down completely. The legislation was written to assure that hospitals throughout the state remain relatively undamaged and operational after a major earthquake. The Century Project enables Enloe to meet the deadline. The Fifth Avenue patient tower, completed in 1980, is compliant with seismic guidelines. The Magnolia Patient Tower houses the patient units in the original hospital building, constructed in 1937 as well the additions made before 1979. When the tower was completed, these older structures were able to be converted for other uses. The expansion also allows Enloe to accommodate more patients and make room for more medical equipment.

How much will the project cost?

Fully equipped, the Enloe Century Project cost $175 million.

How Is Enloe funding the expansion?

Although the state requires seismic updates, it is not funding construction projects. This is up to individual hospitals. Enloe is financing the project with savings, bonds, a fund-raising campaign and the sale of our former Bruce Road vacant property. Absolutely no community or state tax hikes are involved. We greatly appreciate our many generous and supportive donors. For information about giving opportunities, you can contact the Enloe Foundation at 530.332.4550.

How can I learn more about the progress of the construction?