Dr. Richard Pan Makes Statement on New Home of California Northstate University Medical Center in Former Sleep Train Arena Site

June 16, 2021

Sacramento, CA – Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area made the following statement following the announcement that the former Sleep Train Arena will become the new home of California Northstate University:

“I am grateful that Councilmember Angelique Ashby and the Sacramento Kings partnered with California Northstate University to establish their teaching hospital on the site of Sleep Train Arena. I was pleased to assist California Northstate University obtain accreditation for their School of Medicine which graduated their first class of physicians in 2019.

Academic health centers, which are centered around a teaching hospital and its affiliated medical school, annually will bring billions of dollars in economic activity to the region. The Sacramento region is fortunate to have two accredited medical schools creating high paying jobs for our communities, with even more jobs when California Northstate opens a teaching hospital. Thanks to Councilmember Ashby and the Sacramento Kings, these jobs will remain in our region.”

This is the second major economic development opportunity Councilmember Ashby and Dr. Pan have worked together to bring to Sacramento.  In 2013, they helped secure California Health and Wellness, a subsidiary of Centene, a Fortune 100 company, which established their headquarters in South Natomas. Centene later purchased HealthNet and, in 2019 established their Western corporate headquarters in North Natomas due to the efforts of Councilmember Ashby and Mayor Steinberg. The headquarters is the biggest private sector job recruitment in Sacramento’s modern history.