Rebuilding

Patient Care Tower

Four Chiefs of Staff Share Their Thoughts About Expansion at SVH

Physician leaders Jonathan Kurohara, MD, immediate past chief of staff at Simi Valley Hospital, and current Chief of Staff Gregg Hartman, MD, are among the medical staff leaders who have taken an active role in the development of the hospital’s Patient Care Tower.

The sound of work in progress fills the air at Simi Valley Hospital as construction crews work into the chill of winter to build the $75 million, four-story, 146,000-square-foot Patient Care Tower that will transform health care in Simi Valley and Moorpark.

A large number of hospital staff and leadership have been involved in this exciting new development at SVH, including four of the hospital’s chiefs of staff — the executive leaders of the medical staff — whose terms have overlapped the planning and construction phases of the new building. Recently, these leaders weighed in on the significance of the new tower, both for the hospital and for the community.

“A great deal of planning went into the Patient Care Tower,” said Muni Reddy, MD, who, as chief of staff in 2001 and 2002, participated in planning activities for the Patient Care Tower. “Design efforts concentrated on making the tower a center of wellness where we could really make a difference with patient care.”

The project, which spans the main campus from north to south, is currently in its third of five phases of construction. After the Patient Care Tower is completed and patient care has begun in the new facility, construction of a new lobby adjacent to Avenida Simi will commence.

Breaking Ground

Significant progress toward the completion of Simi Valley Hospital’s new Patient Care Tower is evident in these photos taken in November 2004, May 2005 and September 2005. When it is completed, the tower will comprise four stories and 146,000 square feet of space for new and expanded services at the hospital.

Patient Care Tower construction got underway in 2003, following a groundbreaking celebration that involved community members, medical and hospital staff and representatives of parent corporation Adventist Health. More than 300 people attended the event to mark this momentous occasion in the history of Simi Valley Hospital.

“The groundbreaking celebration was a great day for the hospital and especially for our community,” said 2002-2003 Chief of Staff Gurdip Flora, MD. “After years of planning and meeting with city officials, it was time to begin construction on a facility that would feature an expanded intensive care unit and a modern and comfortable women’s unit.”

The Patient Care Tower facilities will increase the capacity of the women’s unit from 11 beds to 24 beds. Women will be able to stay in the same room throughout labor, delivery and recovery.

“The Patient Care Tower will provide physicians, nurses and other caregivers with a physical environment better adapted to meet patient needs,” said current Chief of Staff Gregg Hartman, MD. “The private care rooms will make a huge difference in serving our community.”

The Future and Beyond

To better serve families with high-risk newborns, the hospital continues to develop plans to add a level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to the hospital’s services. Other distinctive features of the Patient Care Tower will include a garden area for patients and private patient corridors to better protect patient confidentiality.

“Not only does Simi Valley have a new mall, it will soon have a new hospital,” said 2004-2005 Chief of Staff Jonathan Kurohara, MD. “It’s encouraging to see the hospital grow with the community. It will be exciting to see what kind of additional advanced services emerge as a result of the tower’s construction.”