News: College of Health Sciences

California Northstate University's plans for its dental school expansion have gotten bigger as it gets closer to starting the remodel on its Broadway building complex.

In November, the Business Journal reported that California Northstate purchased a three-building office complex at 2201 Broadway in Sacramento for $12.75 million. At the time, the university announced plans to build an extension of its College of Dental Medicine with an 80-chair dental clinic at the complex. The private Elk Grove pharmacy and medical school did not provide a timeline for converting the office complex into the dental clinic.

But now the dental clinic could have up to 180 chairs, according to an announcement California Northstate released Friday.

It's not only a significant expansion, it's a significant investment in Sacramento, in a neighborhood that could really benefit from an investment like this," university spokesman Doug Elmets said.

Elmets did not have a specific timeline for when the extension could open.

"The desire is to get going on construction as soon as possible," he said.

DesCor Builders will serve as the general contractor for the project, according to the release.

On Monday, the city of Sacramento issued the building permit to remodel 85,609 square feet of 2201 Broadway into a dental college and clinic space with 160 dental chairs. In an email, Elmets said that the initial clinic space will be 160 chairs, with future plans to expand to as many as 180.

The cost of that project is $2.7 million, according to city records.

In May, the city issued a permit at the adjacent building, 2200 X St., to renovate 46,956 square feet into classrooms, office space and a simulation lab, for a total cost of $2.4 million.

The city has no records of an application in the works at the third building in the complex, 2414 23rd St., although Elmets said that ultimately, the school plans to use all three buildings in service of the dental school.

California Northstate established its dental school four years ago. Its first class was admitted in January of 2022.

CNU previews film "Sight," inspired by immigrant doctor's life story

July 13, 2023 / 4:43 PM

By Sakura Gray
/ CBS Sacramento

One doctor's story of pursuing the American Dream is coming to the big screen. Hundreds of members of the Asian American community gathered at California Northstate University for an exclusive preview of the film, "Sight," and met Dr. Ming Wang, whose life inspired the movie.

Dr. Wang is a doctor to the stars - among his patients, he lists celebrities like Dolly Parton and Kenny Chesney. Now, he finds his own life story in the spotlight.

The ophthalmologist says he first came to the United States as a poor Chinese immigrant. He went on to defy odds and become a Harvard and MIT graduate and an accomplished cataract and Lasik eye surgeon

Based on his book, "From Darkness to Sight," the film follows his challenges as he treats a blind orphan patient.

"Science and technology offers us the tools, but each of us need to develop a purpose," Dr. Wang said.

California Northstate University medical students like Daniel Razick were among those in attendance at the film's preview. In meeting Dr. Wang and seeing his story unfold on the silver screen, Razick says he's determined to make a similar impact in a different field - orthopedic surgery.

"There are thousands of children who suffer from scoliosis across the globe," Razick said. "To perform the same work that Dr. Wang has performed with eye corrective surgeries, I'd like to do that with scoliosis correction surgeries in the future."

Dr. Wang says the film carries the message of his American Dream. For the Asian American community, he says the film offers representation on the big screen that defies Hollywood stereotypes.

"Chinese Americans know much more than just Kung-Fu," Dr. Wang said. "We have engineers, scientists and business people successful in almost every field ... but our stories are not told."

"Sight," starring Oscar-nominated actor Greg Kinnear and Terry Chen (Almost Famous, Falling) is hitting screens nationwide on October 27.

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California Northstate University files for building permits for Natomas medical center

By Ben van der Meer

California Northstate University is taking steps to start construction on a teaching hospital campus in Natomas.

Earlier this week, the university filed for building permits for site improvements toward what's termed phase 1A: a 350-bed hospital.

California Northstate is continuously moving the ball forward on the project," Doug Elmets, a spokesman for California Northstate, wrote in an email.

According to the request filed with the city of Sacramento, the hospital will be 698,100 square feet, with a first floor of 84,000 square feet.

Under the permit, the work would include site demolition and new site improvements for the hospital, with an estimated value of about $25 million. The demolition work would appear to be separate from work carried out last year to tear down the former Sleep Train Arena at 1 Sports Parkway that was home to the Sacramento Kings until 2016.

The new California Northstate University campus is largely planned for the footprint previously occupied by the arena and its surrounding parking in Natomas.

Also, the permit application notes the hospital, central utility plant and underground parking structure are subject to review by the California Department of Health Care Access and Information.

HCAI's website shows several parts of the project listed as active, with the central utility plant shown as in active plan review. Review for other components appears to be complete, while a few are listed as "open."

It's not clear how California Northstate is financing the overall project, which had an estimated price tag of $1 billion. At build-out, the project would include a 14-story teaching hospital as well as a five-story university building and a five-story building for a pharmaceutical program.

When the project got city entitlements in February 2022, representatives acknowledged financing would be complex. Revenue bonds backed by the city were floated as an option, but city officials said they could only pursue such a path if California Northstate changed operation from a for-profit to nonprofit status.

Elmets declined to comment Thursday on the project's financing.

Emily Hamann contributed to this story.

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California Northstate University Receives Final Approval on North Natomas Medical Center Campus

February 16, 2022

ELK GROVE, CA – California Northstate University (CNU) is proud to announce that it has received final approval on its proposed North Natomas Medical Center Campus by the Sacramento City Council during last night’s meeting.

CNU’s proposed Medical Center Campus at Innovation Park is a new development project headed by the Sacramento Kings organization that will transform 35 acres of the 170-acre former Sleep Train Arena in North Natomas into a vibrant mix of residential, commercial, health and educational uses.

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CNU Hospital in Sacramento ‘A hub of innovation’

June 18, 2021

SACRAMENTO ( – New use for Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena site revealed: ‘A hub of innovation’

The Sacramento Kings and a local medical group announced Wednesday they have reached a deal to build a hospital and medical complex on the former Sleep Train Arena site in North Natomas.

Kings officials said they will turn over 35 acres of land, including the arena, to the locally based California Northstate University group to construct a major teaching hospital, trauma center and medical school that could bring up to 3,000 jobs as well as housing to the now unused site.

The level 2 trauma center would be 10 to 11 stories tall, and would start with 250 rooms, ultimately expanding to 400, officials said. It would include a helipad. The initial phase of the project could be built in about three and one-half years, university officials said. [Read More]

CNU Graduates Excited For First In-Person Ceremony At Golden 1 Center Since Pandemic Began

May 17, 2021

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Graduation didn’t look the same at the Golden 1 Center, but California Northstate University graduates wouldn’t have missed their big day for anything.

“I am really excited to be here with everyone and to be able to celebrate all of our accomplishments and achievements together,” said graduate Olivia Wu. [Read More]

California Northstate University Clears Rigorous Review of Its College of Psychology; Receives Accreditation By The American Psychological Association

May 11, 2021

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ABC 10: Elk Grove college designated as public vaccination site

January 12, 2021

California Northstate University [CNU] announced its Elk Grove campus has been designated as one of the primary sites for COVID-19 vaccination for the public in the Sacramento region. The clinic will open to the public through appointment if you fall into Phase 1A on Jan. 15...

...selected because “its pharmacy students and interns are trained and certified to administer vaccines. It also has ultra-low temperature storage freezers required to preserve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine safely before use.”... [Read More]

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy Ranks No. 4 in Statewide Licensing Exam

…California Northstate University (CNU) announced that its College of Pharmacy (COP) has been ranked No. 4 in the state in the recently published California State Board of Pharmacy report for passing rates on the latest California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE).

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Another Voice: Adding hospital beds is critical to dealing with health crises

December 18, 2020

...The hospital bed shortage will not go away once Covid-19 is vanquished. The reality is that we need more hospital beds to meet future demand, keep pace with the region’s growing population and prepare for public health crises that will inevitably strike again. As leading epidemiologists and public health organizations point out, the coronavirus will not be the last pandemic. In fact, steadily growing global travel and commercial, cultural and political interdependence among nations will make the onset of new viruses impossible to avoid...[Read More]

The Fauci Effect: Medical schools in Sacramento area are reporting an uptick in applications

December 20, 2020

Medical school deans around the nation are seeing what they are calling the “Fauci Effect,” as the number of applications at their medical schools have skyrocketed to unprecedented levels, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges...

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Elk Grove Tribune: CNU College of Medicine Donates Protective Medical Supplies

May 8, 2020

“…15,500 surgical masks, 100 goggles, 100 face shields, and gel sanitizers have been given to senior care facilities, the Elk Grove Food Bank, and Methodist Hospital of Sacramento. 7,500 of the masks are for senior care and residential facilities in Elk Grove, and 4,000 each will go to Methodist Hospital and Elk Grove Food Bank. The ceremony and pick up of the materials also observed social distancing practices…” [Read More]"


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