The renovation and expansion of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital is one of the hot topics of the upcoming City Council election and the cause of some controversy between candidates.
We talked with hospital spokeswoman Andie Bogdan, who brought us up to speed on the project.
“Construction on the parking structure and helipad are scheduled to begin this month, pending permits from the city, which we’re working on now,” she said. “Those projects will be completed in less than a year.
“In the meantime, we have to select someone to plan and build the hospital building. Construction on the hospital building is targeted to start in 2013 and be completed in 2015, with up to 120 beds in the hospital building.”
Bogdan said the expansion of available hospital beds has always been a priority and is part of the hospital’s contractual obligation to the city.
“The first medical office building will not be constructed until after the parking structure and helipad are finished. It is not currently scheduled, nor is there a schedule for the construction of medical office buildings two and three,” she explained. “That is predicated on demand.”
A need for the first medical office building is already evident, specifically to meet the needs of HMNMH itself.
“One of the key drivers for the construction of MOB One is our own hospital administrative services,” she said. “Our administrative services have been moved either off campus or into trailers. But that building will not be started until after the completion of the parking structure.”
“The other two medical office buildings are also driven by demand; the schedule for that is unknown because precise timing and demand is not clear yet. That will develop over the next couple of years”
“I don’t even know if buildings number two and three will be needed or built by the time the hospital building is completed,” Bogdan continued. “We have no obligation to build those two buildings, but if demand requires them, according to our agreement with the city, they cannot be built without the hospital building.”
“We have a five-year strategic plan and a five-year budget for construction,” she said. “We know the need is out there, that’s why the budget is approved.”
Financing for the project is coming from three sources, according to Bognan.
“One is through financing and borrowing, another is through our own operating income from the money we earn and the third is through philanthropic support.”