Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) has announced plans to construct a new patient care tower as part of a $215m campus expansion and modernisation to meet the needs of the greater Los Angeles downtown community.
The 150,000ft², four-storey tower will provide added space, privacy and advanced medical technology while increasing the hospital’s capacity and accessibility for emergency, trauma and maternity services.
The first floor will house larger, modern emergency and trauma departments, including a 60% increase in the number of beds.
CHMC operates the busiest private trauma centre in Los Angeles, and in 2017, the emergency department served 85,000 patients even though it is equipped to accommodate 55,000 visits.
The new ER will streamline triage to evaluate patients more efficiently and effectively while providing space for trauma care with six large bays to accommodate advanced equipment, along with an imaging suite equipped with a CT scanner and other radiology equipment.
The new tower will feature an enhanced neonatal intensive care unit, labour and delivery, and postpartum services, as well as new technologies and nursing efficiencies.
The tower will include private rooms and open rooms to accommodate multiple births, private postpartum rooms for family to stay with moms and babies overnight, private triage rooms for moms-to-be, and separate antepartum rooms for patients who need close monitoring prior to delivery.
The top floor will be reserved for future expansion. In addition, the campus expansion will include a new paediatrics unit on the sixth floor of the existing Tibbitts Tower, an emergency mental health observation centre adjacent to the new ER, and a new multi-level parking facility with meeting and retail space on the ground floor.
CHMC president Margaret Peterson expects groundbreaking on the new tower in the first quarter of 2019.
The campus expansion will be funded through a $40m investment from Dignity Health, a $125m loan secured by Dignity Health, and a capital campaign seeking local philanthropic investment of $50m.
Image: A rendering of Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center’s new patient tower. Photo: Courtesy of Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center.