Patient Care Tower Represents Future of Health Care for Local Residents

Construction has begun on a new four-story patient care tower, which is being constructed on the existing main hospital campus.

Views of the hospital’s main entrance. (click to enlarge)

Approved! That was the unanimous vote of the City of Simi Valley’s Planning Commission on November 6, 2002, allowing Simi Valley Hospital to proceed with building a 170-bed Patient Care Tower on the hospital’s main campus on Sycamore Drive. Leading the charge toward approval was Margaret Peterson, president & CEO, who gave an impassioned speech to the commission about the importance of this new structure to our community.

For the residents of Simi Valley and Moorpark, the Patient Care Tower is more than a handsome new building. The Tower represents the first leap forward in providing our community with advanced clinical services and making the hospital a community fixture for years to come.

View of the new patient care tower from Sycamore Dr. (click to enlarge)

Featuring state-of-the-art equipment and design—such as computerized nursing stations in front of each patient room and private patient care corridors—the Patient Care Tower is the first step in ushering in advanced clinical services, such as cardiology, neurosurgery and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Remaining proactive in making our patients comfortable during their stay with us, perhaps the most important Tower design feature is that every patient suite will be a single-bed, private room. The rooms will also be spacious, approximately 30 percent larger than state requirements.

The Patient Care Tower’s evolution allows Simi Valley Hospital to continue with our mission of providing quality service and compassionate care. Since the Northridge earthquake, building requirements for structures housing health care services have become more stringent.

The Patient Care Tower design and build costs are estimated at $35 million. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide $16 million of the cost, and Adventist Health, Simi Valley Hospital’s corporate parent, has committed $10 million. That leaves approximately $9 million to come through fund raising and other activities of the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation.

During construction, all services, including the Emergency Department, will remain open to patients and guests. Estimated completion of the new patient tower is Fall 2005.

For more information on the Patient Care Tower Building Campaign, please call the Simi Valley Hospital Foundation at (805) 955-8144.