ARCADIA, CA. – Methodist Hospital will begin construction of a new patient tower this month having secured Housing and Urban Development insured tax-exempt bond financing. The new tower is the cornerstone of a major campus expansion program to meet urgent emergency and critical care needs in the San Gabriel Valley.
“It is the culmination of years of planning and input from our community, team of experts, and leaders and we are delighted to announce the official start of construction,” said Mickey Segal, hospital board chair. “It is a sound investment in the advancement of health care in our community.”
The hospital’s announcement of the financing commitment is an important milestone to build a new patient tower, expand its emergency department, and provide additional intensive care unit (ICU) beds. The emergency department will expand from 17 beds to 28 beds, with an 18-bed observation unit. The ICU will expand from 29 beds to 40 beds. The new patient tower will house 20 critical care patient rooms, 120 medical/surgical rooms, a new pharmacy, kitchen, and cafeteria.
The hospital also has plans to improve its technology infrastructure and create new programs to support the hospital’s commitment to an exceptional patient experience and further support its community. This important endeavor will be made possible by the many who have already pledged over $20 million to The Campaign for Methodist Hospital.
“The community has supported Methodist Hospital from its beginning,” said Mike Hoover, foundation board chair. “And it is because of this commitment that we are able to put Methodist Hospital at the forefront of medical excellence.”
The hospital embarked on the journey of planning for the future in 2002 when a community needs assessment and various studies regarding population growth were considered. Closures of other hospitals have put greater pressure on facilities like Methodist Hospital but public and private support will enable the hospital to fulfill its goals of expanding capacity and care to the communities it serves.
“Throughout its 105 year history, Methodist Hospital has continued to grow and evolve with the changing needs of the community,” said Dennis Lee, president and CEO. “This campus expansion project reflects our commitment to those we serve.”
About Methodist Hospital
Methodist Hospital, founded in 1903, is a 460 bed, not-for-profit hospital serving the community. Services provided include comprehensive acute care such as medical, surgical, perinatal, pediatrics, oncology, intensive care (neonatal and adult), and complete cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission. For more information please call (626) 898 – 8000 or visit www.methodisthospital.org.