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Hospital ready to start construction

750-space parking structure with helipad is first on building list

Posted: December 21, 2008 9:19 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Fresh off a final approval from the Santa Clarita City Council, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital officials are looking to start work on the 15-year master plan development with the first parking structure.

"Our Facilities Development Committee has prequalified firms who are experienced in the design and building of parking structures in Southern California," said Roger Seaver, president and CEO of Newhall Memorial. "The bid specifications are being finalized that include all of the city-approved requirements and we anticipate soliciting bids beginning in January for this project."

Seaver anticipates the parking structure plan will be submitted to the city for approval later in 2009.

The six-level, 750-space parking structure will be located near the corner of McBean Parkway and Avenida Navarre, hospital spokeswoman Andie Bogdan said.

The structure, expected to have one underground level, features a helipad, a necessity for the hospital to maintain its trauma center status, she said.

"This is going to catch us up and give us additional parking," Bogdan said.

At the same time, the hospital has its eye on the five-story in-patient tower, which could potentially hold up to 120 beds, Bogdan said.

"The hospital will be approaching the significant planning of the hospital addition by selecting and negotiating contracts with appropriate medical planning firms shortly after the new year," Seaver said.

However, many of the final decisions about the inpatient tower still await review and approval from the board of directors, Seaver said.

The $300-million master plan paves the way for the construction of three medical office buildings, a central plant, four multi-level parking structures bringing 2,231 spaces and the inpatient building.

After a nearly five-year battle, the council approved the master plan in November. The master plan's ordinance passed Dec. 9 during the council's final meeting of 2008.

Aside from building out the master plan, Newhall Memorial continues its ongoing construction of the 18-bed ICU, a new operating room and the cardiac cath lab, Bogdan said.

The hospital anticipates submitting plans for the new neonatal intensive care unit to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development at the end of January or early February, Bogdan said.


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