Hospital To Proceed With Master Plan
Expansion needed to meet growing community needs.
Newhall Memorial Hospital has received approval
from the City Council to proceed with its $300 million master
The plan calls for the development of a new patient wing and three
new medical buildings, plus a helipad and new parking structures.
Opened in 1975, the not-for-profit hospital has seen tremendous growth
in the surrounding Santa Clarita Valley and thus developed the 15-year
master plan to assure that community residents would have local access
to their increasing healthcare needs. The plan includes the addition of
up to 120 beds, private rooms in maternity, more surgery suites, the
expansion of high-demand areas, and the addition of key clinical
services not currently found at the hospital. The plan also calls for
the development of Centers of Excellence in important clinical areas as
well as the re-establishment of a helipad, which will allow the hospital
to retain its designation as the only trauma center in the Santa Clarita
"By approving the master plan, our City Council paved the way for
enhanced quality of care along with greater access, more choice and more
programs to serve our community," said Hospital Chief Executive Officer
Roger Seaver. "Now fewer people will have to travel out of the area for
care, and we can truly turn our hospital into the kind of healthcare
campus our community will need in the 21st century."
Part of the medical campus will include the development of three
new medical buildings. It is expected that these new buildings will help
current physician practices to grow and allow the hospital to recruit
new specialists who will covet to the opportunity to work on an
integrated healthcare campus with easy access to a variety of services,
resources and caregivers. In addition, the medical buildings will house
such programs as outpatient services and care, diagnostic services,
imaging and Centers of Excellence plus administration, education and
"All medical buildings are dedicated to healthcare delivery and
will be built to support our mission of service," said Seaver. "Using
these buildings in this way will free up valuable hospital space for
more patient beds and clinical programs/services. And because operating
services out of a medical building rather than a hospital costs less,
the hospital will save money that as a not-for-profit we can reinvest
back into the facility toward improvements, new services, capital
equipment and staffing."
Henry Mayo's new campus is being designed to not only meet
all environmental impact requirements but to balance the need for growth
with neighborhood quality-of-life issues such as noise, traffic and
lighting. All expansion will take place on the existing hospital medical
With more than 1,100 employees, Henry Mayo is currently the fifth
largest employer in the Santa Clarita Valley. It is anticipated that the
new construction will have a significant, positive economic impact on
the community in terms of business revenue, wages and taxes. It will
also add to more long-term, high-wage jobs.
Seaver said that the hospital's goal is to begin architectural
plans for the hospital immediately, begin construction on the first
medical office building in 2009, and break ground on the new patient
wing within four years.The $300 million project will be funded through
operations, bonds and philanthropy through Henry Mayo ($200 million)
plus private investment by G&LRealty ($100 million).
For more information about Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital pleasevisit http://www.henrymayo.com.