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Protesters Line Up In Front Of Henry Mayo

Henry Mayo expansion plan takes heat from the public.

On Monday, members from Smart Growth SCV held up signs and chanted slogans in front of Henry Mayo, protesting their proposed expansion plan.

“Hospital beds yes, better facilities, yes. Medical office buildings no,” said a member of the group.

Smart Growth SCV has emerged as the number one adversary to Henry Mayo’s plans. They have showed up at Planning Commission meetings, debates, and City Council meetings.

They say that Henry Mayo’s Master Plan for expansion doesn’t put the well being of the community first. Instead, they say, it plans multiple medical office buildings to be built before any substantial addition to the actual hospital facilities. In the plan, the exact amount of hospital facility additions is at the discretion of Henry Mayo.

They also say that they want responsible growth for the entire Santa Clarita Valley, and that the proposed scale of the expansion plan causes too much strain on the one road feeding it.

The group has organized a notable amount of members and has successfully provoked questions and inquiry by City Council members, the media, and other community leaders.

A study is set to be done by an independent consultant on the City’s behalf to examine what ratio of medical office buildings to hospital space is considered normal.

Also, complaints from residents about the time it takes to get to Henry Mayo have surfaced. Most recently this came from City Council member TimBen Boydston, whose daughter recently needed emergency services from the hospital. He said that coming from Canyon Country took a long time, almost too long.   

With the recent opening of a new Emergency Department and Trauma Center at Providence Holy Cross in Granada Hills, some patients may be automatically routed there instead of Henry Mayo.