SVH: In the News — Patient Care Tower Groundbreaking

Community Invited to Patient Care Tower Groundbreaking

Rain or shine, plans are underway to break ground on Dec. 5, 2002, for Simi Valley Hospital’s new four-story Patient Care Tower. The groundbreaking will begin at 10 a.m. and will take place in the hospital’s front parking lot, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Community members are invited to attend and enjoy the afternoon’s festivities.

Community leaders, local businesses, clergy, physicians, hospital employees and volunteers, as well as community members will join hospital officials in celebrating this historic occasion. The groundbreaking ceremony will also include a presentation of colors, a short history on the hospital, as well as brief comments from community members and local dignitaries.

The new Patient Care Tower will replace 170 beds, and will feature state-of-the-art equipment and design. The new facility will incorporate the latest advances in medical technology and will offer patients spacious, attractive private rooms. Moreover, the Patient Care Tower will set the stage to further expand new tertiary care services, such as cardiology and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (level II nursery). Estimated completion of the new Tower is July 2005.

Construction of the Tower will not impede hospital operations, as it will remain open to serve the community throughout construction activities.

The Patient Care Tower cost is estimated at approximately $35 million. Funding sources include $16 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for damages incurred from the Northridge earthquake and $10 million pledged by Adventist Health, the parent company of Simi Valley Hospital. The hospital has also developed a Foundation to assist with funding construction activities.

For more information on the groundbreaking, call Jeremy Brewer, SVH director of marketing, at (805) 955-7081. For more information on the SVH Foundation, please call George ‘Bucky’ Weeks, executive director, at (805) 955-8144.

Posted 11-15-02