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Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital to Proceed With Master Plan

Wednesday, November 26, 2008 General News J E 4
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VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 25 Henry Mayo Newhall MemorialHospital in Valencia, California, has received approval from the local CityCouncil to proceed with its $300 million master plan. The plan calls for thedevelopment of a new patient wing and three new medical buildings, plus ahelipad and new parking structures.

Opened in 1975, the not-for-profit hospital has seen tremendous growth inthe surrounding Santa Clarita Valley and thus developed the 15-year masterplan to assure that community residents would have local access to theirincreasing healthcare needs. The plan includes the addition of up to 120 beds,private rooms in maternity, more surgery suites, the expansion of high-demandareas, and the addition of key clinical services not currently found at thehospital. The plan also calls for the development of Centers of Excellence inimportant clinical areas as well as the re-establishment of a helipad, whichwill allow the hospital to retain its designation as the only trauma center inthe Santa Clarita Valley.

"By approving the master plan, our City Council paved the way for enhancedquality of care along with greater access, more choice and more programs toserve our community," said Hospital Chief Executive Officer Roger Seaver. "Nowfewer people will have to travel out of the area for care, and we can trulyturn our hospital into the kind of healthcare campus our community will needin the 21st century."

Part of the medical campus will include the development of three newmedical buildings. It is expected that these new buildings will help currentphysician practices to grow and allow the hospital to recruit new specialistswho will covet to the opportunity to work on an integrated healthcare campuswith easy access to a variety of services, resources and caregivers. Inaddition, the medical buildings will house such programs as outpatientservices and care, diagnostic services, imaging and Centers of Excellence plusadministration, education and human resources.

"All medical buildings are dedicated to healthcare delivery and will bebuilt to support our mission of service," said Seaver. "Using these buildingsin this way will free-up valuable hospital space for more patient beds andclinical programs/services. And because operating services out of a medicalbuilding rather than a hospital costs less, the hospital will save money thatas a not-for-profit we can reinvest back into the facility towardimprovements, new services, capital equipment and staffing."

Henry Mayo's new campus is being designed to not only meet allenvironmental impact requirements but to balance the need for growth withneighborhood quality-of-life issues such as noise, traffic and lighting. Allexpansion will take place on the existing hospital medical campus.

With more than 1,100 employees, Henry Mayo is currently the fifth largestemployer in the Santa Clarita Valley. It is anticipated that the newconstruction will have a significant, positive economic impact on thecommunity in terms of business revenue, wages and taxes. It will also add tomore long-term, high-wage jobs.

Seaver said that the hospital's goal is to begin architectural plans forthe hospital immediately, begin construction on the first medical officebuilding in 2009, and break ground on the new patient wing within four years.The $300 million project will be funded through operations, bonds andphilanthropy through Henry Mayo ($200 million) plus private investment by G&LRealty ($100 million).

For more information about Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital pleasevisit http://www.henrymayo.com.

ABOUT HENRY MAYO - Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is a 221 bednot-for-profit acute care hospital serving the Santa Clarita Valley since1975. Services include trauma, emergency, intensive care, maternity, surgery,nursing, wound care, behavioral health, and acute rehab as well as cancer,cardiology, imaging, lab, digestive, respiratory services and physical andoccupational therapies. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is located at23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2083. For more information, visithttp://www.henrymayo.com or call 661-253-8000.

SOURCE Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital
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