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Year in Review: The Santa Clarita Valley’s only hospital continues expansion projects

Posted: December 31, 2010 6:11 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2011 4:55 a.m.

Whether it was the new emergency department or an improved intensive care unit, the Santa Clarita Valley’s only hospital kept up with the growing community through a number of projects.

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will continue into the new year with construction and growth.

“In 2011, we will continue to see remarkable achievements as we transform Henry Mayo into a world-class facility with the technology, services and patient-centered care that our community deserves,” President and CEO Roger Seaver said in a statement.

A year of expansions

The hospital’s emergency department expansion was finished this spring. Its April official re-opening marked the end of a five-year expansion project that doubled the physical space of the department.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be completing the project,” Vivian Rebel, director of emergency services, said in April. “The expansion will allow us to serve a larger population as the community grows and the needs for our services increase.”

The emergency department now includes 36 beds, a radiology suite and rooms to care for cardiac, obstetrics, pediatrics, trauma and critical care patients.

The department can now serve 65,000 visitors annually, a sharp increase from the estimated 50,000 patients who visit the Valencia hospital every year.

Newhall Memorial also celebrated the opening of the Wayne and Connie Spears Intensive Care Unit, which serves the hospital’s severely ill and injured. The $9 million, state-of-the-art center opened in August after a year of construction.

The new, 9,410-square-foot unit is double the size of the old space. It includes 18 private-patient rooms, a waiting area for visitors and a family conference room.

Along with construction, the hospital made a sweeping change in October by switching to electronic health records.
Going paperless enables doctors to communicate more easily, streamlining treatment.

Construction continues
But the hospital isn’t done growing yet.

Hospital leaders are continuing a series of construction projects to better serve the health needs of the growing Santa Clarita Valley.

Earlier this month, hospital officials broke ground on the SCV’s first neonatal intensive care unit.

The 11-bed, 4,274-square-foot neonatal intensive care unit includes private suites with support spaces for families, state-of-the-art monitoring systems, special infant beds and one room designed for twins.

The $6-million space is expected to open in 2011.

“We feel it’s important to have an NICU in our own community so that babies receive the care they need close to home, and so parents won’t need to travel out of the Santa Clarita Valley to be with their newborns,” said Steve Ullman, who has pledged $1.5 million to the neonatal intensive care unit.

Among the most visible projects under construction is a parking garage being built along McBean Parkway. Once finished in the spring, the structure will include 750 parking spaces and a rooftop helipad.

The helipad will provide immediate and life-saving air transportation to people with traumatic injuries or illness.

After the parking garage is completed, the hospital expects to start construction on medical office buildings.

The surgical department’s expansion project is expected to wrap up in the spring. Once completed, the hospital will include nine operating rooms.


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