A New Vision of Health Care for Our Community—A Look Inside Simi Valley Hospital’s Patient Care Tower

After four years of construction, Simi Valley Hospital will soon have an additional 146,000 square feet of new space dedicated to taking care of our community. Scheduled to open in spring 2008, the $75 million Patient Care Tower is an efficient and seismically compliant structure that combines comfort, convenience, aesthetic appeal and advanced technology under one roof.

“Our goal is to ensure that our community receives the best clinical care in an environment that enhances the healing process,” said Gary Irish, president and CEO of Simi Valley Hospital.

Here’s a look behind the walls of the new building, floor by floor.

Ground Floor: Services for Now and the Future

The expansion of Cardiology Services into a full-service Cardiology Program remains a priority at Simi Valley Hospital. Planning is underway to develop this critical care service.

The ground floor has been identified for use as a diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab, and expansion of Gastroenterology (GI) Services in that location is also in the planning phase. An inpatient pharmacy, a laboratory and community education rooms are part of the tower’s ground floor plan, as is a beautiful and restful healing garden for our patients and guests (see sidebar on page 5).

First Floor: Private Care Rooms

On the first floor, each of the 52 new private-care rooms has been designed for the comfort and convenience of patients and their loved ones. Soothing wall colors, beautiful artwork, flat-screen televisions and simulated wood grain floors will help create an upscale, hotel-like environment.

Second Floor: Critical Care

The second floor of the Tower will feature Simi Valley Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Telemetry Unit. The ICU will increase from 11 to 24 beds to better meet the critical care needs of our community. The Telemetry Unit, in which cardiac patients are electronically monitored, will have 24 private-care rooms.

“The expansion of our ICU is critical to serving our community effectively by enhancing patient flow,” said Caroline Esparza, Simi Valley Hospital’s vice president and chief nurse executive. “Having 24 ICU beds will allow us to transfer patients from the Emergency Department [ED] to the ICU more rapidly, which will help to ease congestion in the ED.”

Third Floor: Dedicated to the Women of Our Community

Caring for mothers and babies is an important part of the mission of Simi Valley Hospital. The new Women’s Unit will provide privacy, improve efficiency and employ the newest technology for the safest care possible.

The Women’s Unit will feature eight labor & delivery rooms, two C-section rooms and an eight-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is currently under development. An additional 28 private-care rooms for women’s services will be located within the north wing of the tower.

More to Come: New Lobby and Chapel

The demolition of portions of the old hospital’s north side will begin as soon as work on the Patient Care Tower is completed. Construction in that area will include a new main lobby with vaulted ceilings, a donor wall to acknowledge the community’s generosity, a Volunteer Guild gift shop and a chapel.

Special touches will add to the ambience of the new structure, such as doors that open up from the chapel to an outdoor garden and, in the lobby, a player piano that has been donated by a grateful patient.

A Healing Garden Takes Shape

A focal point of Simi Valley Hospital’s new Patient Care Tower will be the healing garden, providing a respite for patients, hospital guests and others who need a quiet area to relax and take a break from the business of life. The beautiful landscape will include a walking path and a variety of places to sit. In addition, 17 trees—Australian willows, sycamores, crape myrtles and strawberry trees—and a number of plants will line the perimeter of the garden.

Patient Care Tower Highlights

Simi Valley Hospital’s $75-million Patient Care Tower will accommodate advanced technology in a beautiful new facility. Highlights include:

  • 144 private-care rooms.
  • An eight-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for babies born prematurely or with special medical needs.
  • A 24-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
  • A new cardiac program and Gastroenterology (GI) Laboratory.
  • An entire floor dedicated to Women’s and Children’s Services.
  • Project IntelliCare, a $4-million computer-based system that provides caregivers with instantaneous patient care information, such as vital sign readings, lab results and X-ray images.
  • Free wireless Internet for patients and visitors.

What goes into the making of a Patient Care Tower? Here’s a look by the numbers:

  • 529,000 feet of wiring
  • 2,500 electrical outlets
  • 75,000 feet of conduit
  • 5,050 cubic yards of concrete (metal decks, roof and shear walls only)
  • 625 doors
  • 2,359,826 pounds of steel (1,180 tons)
  • 1,200 tons of rebar

Preparing for a Celebration

As construction on the Patient Care Tower draws to a close in early 2008, watch for information about Simi Valley Hospital’s community open house festivities.

“The theme for our grand opening celebration is ‘A New Vision of Health Care for Our Community,’” said Gary Irish, president and CEO of Simi Valley Hospital. “This theme captures the sense of Simi Valley Hospital transitioning from a small, community hospital to a larger and more sophisticated facility that is better suited to provide for the contemporary needs of our community.”

An Invitation to Help Us Grow

Your gift of any amount to the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation will help ensure that the best possible health care remains available for you, your family, your friends and your neighbors right here in Simi Valley. Giving to the Foundation is easy; just use the enclosed envelope to donate to the Patient Care Tower fund or to a number of other critical areas of care for our community. Read more about our efforts to support these services…

Winter 2007