Why We Are Doing It
The Next Generation of Care underscores the hospital's strategic focus...a focus with an emphasis on people and providing the best possible care to our communities-a plan that will carry us forward into our next 100 years.
Responding to a need
The campus plan takes into consideration the multitude of issues facing our community's health care needs-most notably by providing for added medical, surgical and emergency services. During the past several years, two acute care hospitals in the San Gabriel Valley have closed. The result is the elimination of vital emergency and patient care services, which puts pressure on not-for-profit hospitals dedicated to staying open and serving the community.
At the same time, our local community is aging, especially as the Baby Boomer generation moves toward retirement. The growing number of seniors in our community will dictate the need for added capacity in specific patient services, as well as medically advanced care.
Making our buildings safer
In addition, the state of California has adopted legislation that calls for the replacement or retrofitting of inpatient hospital buildings that are unable to meet stringent new seismic safety standards. Hospitals are required to be compliant by the year 2013. Methodist Hospital's existing Berger Tower, which is where the majority of our patient care beds are currently, was one of the first seismically compliant structures built in the state. However, many of our older buildings need to be strengthened or replaced.
Continuing a tradition of whole person care
The campus plan also calls for the investment of new technologically advanced equipment so that our skilled doctors and staff have the best tools to deliver the latest diagnostic and treatment services to the community. In addition to this technologically advanced care, Methodist Hospital believes that providing exceptional care is only possible by treating the whole person-mind, body and spirit. Creating this healing environment also requires addressing the sensory needs of our patients and their families. For this reason the campus plan engages the use of natural light, outdoor areas for family, staff and patients, and the enhancement of family support areas.
For more than 100 years Methodist Hospital has been providing exceptional care to our communities...and, we will be here for the next 100 years. By building for the future and committing to meet the health care needs of our communities, Methodist Hospital will fulfill The Next Generation of Care.