Dignity Health begins work on $215m expansion project in California

WCN Editorial Team 30 Jan 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, a community hospital in Los Angeles, California, has begun construction on a $215m campus expansion and modernisation project.

The project will include the construction of a new, 150,000ft² patient care tower, which will be the centrepiece of the project.

The new facility will add space, privacy and advanced medical technology while improving capacity and accessibility for emergency, trauma and maternity services.

The first floor of the new tower will feature larger, private, emergency and trauma bays.

“The new ED will streamline triage to evaluate patients more efficiently and effectively while providing dedicated space for trauma care with six large bays,” Dignity Health said.

The new tower will include an upgraded neonatal intensive care unit with private rooms and labour and delivery suites including midwifery services, apart from antepartum and postpartum services.

It will also feature private rooms to accommodate multiple births, a water-birthing suite, private postpartum rooms permitting family to stay with moms and babies overnight, private triage rooms where moms-to-be can be evaluated and cared for, and separate antepartum rooms.

As part of the expansion, a new paediatrics unit will be set up on the sixth floor of the existing Tibbitts Tower, an emergency mental health observation centre next to the new ED.

Furthermore, the expansion will include a new multi-level parking structure with meeting and retail space on the ground floor.

The $215m expansion project is being supported by Dignity Health through a loan of $165m and a capital campaign seeking local philanthropic investment of $50m.

The project is expected to be completed in 2020 with occupancy in 2021.

CHMC president Margaret Peterson said: “This ambitious project will help ensure that California Hospital can continue to fulfill its mission of serving our community now and for many years to come.

“This expansion will also enable the hospital to attract top-level talent plus accept more medical residents, nursing students and students from other disciplines, strengthening our role as a major teaching hospital.”

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Image: Officials during the groundbreaking ceremony of Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center’s expansion project. Photo: Courtesy ofDignity Health California Hospital Medical Center/Business Wire, Inc.

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