Jun. 4—Kaiser Permanente and Providence Southern California are partnering to bring a new hospital to the
In a statement released Thursday, Providence officials say the new hospital, which is pending regulatory review and approval, will be located in
The heath care providers plan to construct the new hospital on property originally purchased in 2007 for what was then a new
Regarding the partnership, Wexler said Providence is impressed by Kaiser's integrated model of high-quality care and views the affiliation as an opportunity to advance care for
"Health care delivery has become very complex, and Providence has found that affiliations truly benefit the communities we serve, particularly areas with significant rates of serious health risks," Wexler said.
While the design and development of the new hospital, including whether it will offer a trauma center, have yet to be finalized, Wexler said it will be a full-service, acute care facility.
He said the property will likely include the hospital, a medical office building and possibly other ambulatory services, adding that the hospital may expand some of the "more high- end acuity level types of care" due to the partnership with Kaiser.
'We expect to see more patients than we do now in
The estimated price tag of the new Providence-operated hospital is
Hospitals across the state are bracing for new
In part, the new regulations state that hospitals must be able to remain in operation after a major earthquake by 2030.
Statewide, making hospitals compliant with the new rules could cost between
Providence officials said
Wexler said retrofitting St. Mary would cost about the same amount needed to build a new hospital.
"If we were to retrofit the
"The original expansion was an additional campus in
Nassif expressed excitement over the partnership and new hospital, but he said he always hoped that a new hospital would be built in town.
Nassif also voiced concern about the possible lack of emergency services for
"If St. Mary was located at the current proposed location five years ago, I would not be here today to talk to you about the announced move," Nassif said. "As you know, I had a unique cardiac event the morning of
Nassif said he's also concerned about the potential negative economic impacts of the closure on other health care offices, businesses and residents who live near St. Mary.
"I know about the seismic issues the hospital is facing, but I think there could have been a solution to keep St. Mary here in
Providence officials said they will work with the community to determine the future of St. Mary, which was dedicated in
Today, St. Mary has a bed count of 213 — 47 fewer than those expected at the new hospital in
In 1994, after the magnitude-6.7
In 2019, all but 160 of the more than 3,000 hospital buildings in
At that time, the
"If we follow through with this standard, we will likely close hospitals,"
Amid the collaboration, Providence and Kaiser will continue to respect each other's philosophy of health care practices, Providence officials said.
The new hospital, for example, will retain
"The COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit our community so hard, highlighted the need for a new hospital that will meet our area's growing health care needs," Castillo said in a statement. "We sought a partner that shares our goals and our vision to increase access to care, especially in under-served communities."
Founded in 1945, Kaiser has been established in the
Last year, Kaiser opened a 54,000-square-foot, three-story medical office on the corner of
Other Kaiser medical facilities in the
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