February 24, 2021
Ambitious expansions and developments at Emanate Health's Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina are set to begin next month. The project also includes projects at the Inter-Community Hospital in Covina.
The expansion and new developments include building a new emergency room and intensive care unit, cancer center and ambulatory surgery center. First up: Work begins on a new parking lot in March.
"We are definitely going to grow in various programs," Emanate Health CEO Robert H. Curry said. "Intensive care is going to become very much a need, has certainly been a need during COVID."
All told, the effort will cost an estimated $124.8 million, according to Emanate Health officials, and are expected to be completed in 2023.
At Queen of the Valley, construction of a new emergency department and intensive care unit building is set to begin in October. The two-story, 60,000-square foot building will include a 60-bed emergency department and a 24-bed intensive care unit. The emergency department addition is expected to serve 125,000 patients per year. Additional isolation rooms will be added to the emergency department in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency department and intensive care unit building is expected to cost $63 million.
"We have an ER that was built for about 35,000 visits and we're seeing upwards of about 80,000 in that little small space," Curry said. "That leaves a lot to be desired."
The first project in the hospital expansion plan is the creation of a parking lot. Emanate Health purchased the property previously used for Sunset Field Park from West Covina. Work on the 350-space parking lot will begin in March and is one of two parking projects planned for the expansion at the hospital.
A 400-space parking structure is planned to be built next to a new medical arts building. Construction of the parking structure is set to begin in July.
The medical arts building will have a cancer center, infusion center with chemotherapy and radiation capabilities, and an ambulatory surgery center with six operating rooms. Construction of the medical arts building is expected to start in July and is estimated to cost $36 million.
"It will house a wonderful and very academic-oriented cancer center for our residents," Curry said. "It will have 24 spaces for infusion. It will start with one, but eventually add a second radiation therapy unit. It will be affiliated with an academic medical center. It will provide state of the art care for those cancer patients that currently have to drive long distances to tertiary centers and downtown L.A. and beyond. We are very excited about that project."
Two projects are planned for Inter-Community hospital. Adding a catheterization laboratory and reconfiguring the front lobby at the hospital are planned to begin in June. The catheterization lab will be the third at the hospital and help support the comprehensive heart care center. Inter-Community Hospital is a designated ST elevation myocardial infraction receiving center and receives patients from other facilities.
The new lobby will have a remodeled admissions area, and security and admissions counters.
"It will have a beautiful two-story glass facade at the front of the building," Curry said. "It will really make it look welcoming for our patients. It houses a very renowned cardiac center both for heart attack patients as well as our surgical patients. We're very proud of the fine services we offer patients at that campus."
Curry said between bonds, cash on hand and anticipated philanthropic support, Emanate Health is secure in funding for the projects for the hospitals and "not taking substantial risk."
Emanate Health conducts a community needs assessment every three years to develop programs, services and strategies to address the community's health. The planned projects are part of Emanate Health's mission to support the community and offer direction to lead a healthy life.
"Our board is proud of the fact that we are a not-for-profit, mission driven organization," Curry said. "And the mission drives us to do better and help people keep well, offering safe and reliable care, offering compassionate care. To accommodate this mission of offering the best service, we said we need to build in these specific areas. That is what the demand is suggesting will happen."