Patient Care Tower
A Towering Achievement! SVH Officially Dedicates Beautiful New Patient Care Tower
What started with a few shovelfuls of dirt nearly 5-1/2 years ago culminated in a festive, community-wide open-house celebration for Simi Valley Hospital’s new Patient Care Tower on May 4. An estimated 800 guests attended the event under sunny skies to formally dedicate the four-story, $75-million, 146,000-square-foot facility.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., visitors were offered tours of the building, conducted by SVH staff who volunteered their time to show off their new state-of-the-art healing center. Jeremy Brewer, director of Marketing & Communication and the SVH Foundation, said that community visitors were impressed by what they saw.
“My sense was that the people who took the tours were overwhelmed by the beauty of the building, inside and out,” he said. “Even though we’re not completely moved in yet, patient rooms and other areas were set up on each floor so that visitors could see how great the building is going to look and how the state-of-the-art features will work.”
Guests also enjoyed entertainment from a number of local groups and individuals, including the Tony Maddox Band, singer and dancer Tawni Sau and the Divine All-Star Dancers, dance troupe Roslie’s Rosebuds and 12-year-old vocalist Sausha Garcia.
A special Kidz Zone at the event drew rave reviews from “youngsters” of all ages. Activities included an Eli the Elephant bouncy house, a hands-on reptile exhibit and an area for crafts and coloring.
Making it Official
The highlight of the afternoon was the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at 1:30 p.m. A number of hospital and community leaders spoke during the ceremony, including Ron Hyrchuk, SVH’s Director of Spiritual Care Services; Charles Jenson, a member of SVH’s Governing Board and pastor of the Simi Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church; Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller; U.S. Congressman Elton Gallegly; Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy; California State Assemblyman Cameron Smyth; Darwin Remboldt, SVH president and CEO; Scott Reiner, chair of the SVH Governing Board and senior vice president of Adventist Health; Vipin Tandon, MD, SVH’s chief of staff; Marc Mendes, MD, medical director of the SVH Emergency Department; Tim Shannon, a member of the SVH Governing Board and chair of the SVH Strategic Planning Committee; and Jill Haney, chair of the SVH Foundation Board of Directors.
Following the remarks, presentations and proclamations, Remboldt wielded an oversized pair of scissors to ceremonially cut the ribbon, accompanied by Reiner; Tandon; SVH staff member Lori Cruze, RN; SVH Volunteer Guild member Nancy Kinsinger; Leigh Nixon, a member of the SVH Foundation Board of Directors; and Elvin Gaines, MD, a founding member of the SVH medical staff in 1965. Remboldt paid special tribute to Gaines, who, along with his wife, Geri, continue to support the hospital and its activities in his retirement.
Remboldt also presented a commemorative plaque to SVH Vice President Clif Patten in appreciation for his leadership in the construction on the new tower and his continued work in the upcoming phases of campus renovation. The plaque declared Patten “Our Champion of the Patient Care Tower.”
Before and After
Construction on the Patient Care Tower officially began with a groundbreaking ceremony on December 5, 2002. More than 300 guests gathered to watch then-SVH President & CEO Margaret Peterson and a group representing the hospital, physicians, local leaders and Adventist Health turn the soil on the building site. The city of Simi Valley’s Planning Commission approved the construction project on November 6, 2002.
The dedication and opening of the Patient Care Tower is only the first major project of an ongoing campus-wide renovation project. The next step is the construction of a new main lobby, chapel and gift shop. Concurrently, a new medical office building will rise next to the Aspen Outpatient Center on Sycamore Drive. In addition, a new GI/Endoscopy Laboratory and a Cardiac Catheterization and Peripheral Vascular Laboratory will be built into the garden level of the new Patient Care Tower in the months ahead.