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SVH: In the News — Patient Care Tower

SIMI VALLEY HOSPITAL TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW PATIENT CARE TOWER

View of the hospital’s main entrance.

Margaret Peterson, Ph.D., President and CEO of Simi Valley Hospital, announced today that the building of a new four-story patient care tower, which will be constructed on the existing main hospital campus, has been approved by the Adventist Health Governing Board.

“The new patient care tower will replace 168 beds, and will feature state of the art equipment and design,” said Peterson. “The rooms in the new tower will all be private and are estimated to be at least 30 percent larger than State requirements. The new patient care tower will set the stage to further expand new tertiary care services, such as a neonatal intensive care unit.” Peterson also said that planning and implementation of this and other services would begin prior to building the new patient care tower.

Before construction begins, details of the SVH expansion must be presented and approved by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). Anticipating OSHPD approval, construction of the new patient care tower could begin as early as July 1, 2002. Estimated completion of the new patient tower is July 2004. The construction for the new tower will not impede hospital operations, as SVH will remain open to serve the community throughout construction activities.

View of the new patient care tower from Sycamore St.

The new patient care tower construction costs are estimated at approximately $35 million. Funding sources include $16 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for damages incurred from the Northridge earthquake, the Adventist Health Corporation and SVH fundraising activities, such as the 2001 Golf Classic, scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Lost Canyons Golf Club in Simi Valley. Moreover, SVH is in the final months of developing a philanthropic foundation to assist with funding expansion activities.

Simi Valley Hospital has contracted with Cannon/Dworsky, a Los Angeles based architectural firm, to handle the design of the patient care tower. Turner, a New York based construction company, has been retained to carry out construction activities of the new patient care tower. HC Resources, Inc.—which has extensive experience with managing construction activities of health care facilities in California—will oversee the construction of the patient care tower as the project’s developer.

Future construction activities include increasing the size of the hospital’s emergency department as well as the operating room area.

Posted 9-20-01