WEST COVINA, Calif. – Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado and the West Covina City Council joined Emanate Health officials, August 27, to break ground for a new medical office building at Queen of the Valley Hospital that will house an advanced Cancer Center to address a growing need in the community.
"Emanate Health will soon partner with a leading teaching hospital in Southern California to bring world-class cancer care to this part of the San Gabriel Valley," said Roger Sharma, Emanate Health President and Chief Financial Officer, who served as master of ceremonies for the event. "We're excited to deliver a broad range of cancer treatment services to patients right in their backyard."
The 60,000 square-foot Medical Arts Building II will house the Cancer Center with radiation capabilities and an Infusion Center with chemotherapy services. The facility will also feature an outpatient Ambulatory Surgery Center with four state-of-the-art operating rooms and hospital-based clinics. The project will also include a new 400-space parking structure to serve patients, visitors and staff.
Mayor Lopez-Viado praised Emanate Health for bringing the new facility and valuable services to the community. She also encouraged the project to proceed quickly and offered the City's support to clear any project hurdles.
In addition to elected leaders, Emanate Health senior officials, representatives from the health system's Design, Planning & Construction Department, and officials from healthcare development firm, PMB; construction company, Snyder Langston; and architectural firm, CannonDesigns; attended the event.
Beyond its physical footprint, Emanate Health expects the new building and the services offered will have an immediate impact on patients in the community. Once the building is fully operational in several years, the health system in Year 1 estimates:
- 1,400-1,700 outpatient interventions
- 16,000-20,000 clinic visits
- 7,900-9,500 Infusion starts
- 11,500-14,000 Radiation-Oncology treatment
The project will also be a boost for the local economy, generating more than 100 new clinical positions and up to 200 construction jobs over the next several years.
The new medical building is also the first of several major expansion and development projects that will change the complexion of West Covina and our surrounding communities.
Early next year, Emanate Health will break ground on a 60,000 square-foot building that will include a new 60-bed Emergency Department and a 24-bed Intensive Care Unit. The current ED serves about 80,000 patients a year, while the new facility will treat more than 120,000 patients a year, addressing a growing need in the community.