(From Kerry Carmody, Chief Operating Officer, Southern California Region)
After many years of determined planning and effort, I am pleased to announce that the new, 138-bed South Wing has received licensing approval to open tomorrow for its first patients at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (PHCMC). This major milestone marks a new era in the history of our ministry, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The PHCMC expansion project represents Providence’s sustained drive to meet the growing health care needs of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Throughout this focused, seven-year expansion campaign, we have always remained committed to our Mission and proud of this ministry’s stature as a leading medical center in the vibrant community that it serves. As we serve more patients, we also are pleased that this expansion is creating about 370 new jobs, including more than 100 new nursing positions.
Our new wing features a Women’s Pavilion with contemporary labor and delivery suites, a new gastrointestinal lab, a new chapel and healing garden and a remodeled main entrance, lobby, cafeteria and dining room. In the fall, we are also scheduled to open a 12-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the new wing.
When the doors of this beautiful new facility opened, our patients, physicians and staff are receiving and delivering care in a structure that incorporates the highest seismic and environmental standards. Given PHCMC’s history and commitment to its community, we have designed this facility to withstand a major earthquake and remain operational to care for the injured in a disaster. In alignment with our Core Value of Stewardship, the expansion wing was built to LEED specifications, meaning it meets the nation’s most stringent environmental-friendly standards set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Green” building rating system.
I am so very proud of this tremendous achievement. Please join me in acknowledging the persevering work of our Valley Service Area and Foundation Boards, our physicians, our ministry employees and Chief Executive Larry Bowe and his leadership team.
As the first patients receive care in the PHCMC South Wing, each of us can feel confident that Providence is providing the highest quality of care to our community in fulfillment of our Mission and Core Values.
Not a moment too soon for Dr. Farid Yasharpour and
Baby Emily Martinez
6lbs and 4oz