[KHTS]- Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita will be getting a six-story, 160,000 square foot patient tower addition, hospital officials said Thursday.
The level ll trauma center facility was originally built in 1975, and is in need of more beds, said John Schleif, chief operating officer for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
“We have been overfull for the last week or two,” said Schleif. “This tower will increase our bed capacity from 238 to 350.”
The hospital is partnering with a commercial building company, Bernards, and HMC Architects.
“This is all a part of the hospital’s master plan that was approved by the city,” said Schleif. “As our community continues to grow, we want to meet those needs.”
The very bottom level of the proposed patient tower, the basement, will be storage and an all new kitchen and dining area for staff and visitors, said Schleif. This area will also allow the hospital to provide room services for patients.
“Patients will be able to eat what they want, when they want to eat it,” said Schleif.
The floor directly above that, the first floor, will be a shelled floor — meaning left empty for now, Schleif said. It may end up accommodating more beds, or become an outpatient services area.
The second floor will be a expansive women’s services floor, said Schleif. It will be a maternity floor with two new caesarean section rooms, and the entire floor will also be made up of private rooms, as opposed to the semi-private rooms that are in place now.
The third through the six floor will be patient rooms with a total of 30 medical-surgical beds, all will the built in capability to monitor patients vitals — a welcome necessity, said Schleif.
On the roof of the six floor will be a new helicopter pad.
“Moving the helipad from the top of the parking structure [where it is now] to the top of the tower will allow patients to go straight from the elevator almost right to the emergency room,” said Schleif.
The $151 million dollar project is expected to begin in October 2015, said Schleif. The hospital will begin moving the loading dock and building a central plant before the construction on the tower can begin.
The project is planned to be completed by May 2018, and open for the public’s use in July 2018, said Schleif. The delay is planned time to check all systems and get licensed.
“All of us here at Henry Mayo are excited to be able to meet the needs of our growing community,” said Schleif. “We want to continue to fulfill our promise to meet their needs.”