Antelope Valley Hospital expansion to feature enlarged ER

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital is embarking on Phase 1 of a major expansion, a $90 million plan that includes nearly doubling the size of the emergency room, adding more ICU beds and remaking the hospital entrance. The hospital plans to borrow $30 million to fund the project initially and then pay for the remainder either through revenue generated from the expansion and improved operations or with more loans. “The balance of what we need, the rest of it has to come from operations,” Chief Executive Officer Les Wong said. “We have to improve operations to generate the necessary credit to either borrow the rest of it or use internal cash.” The $90 million encompasses construction, equipment, a contingency fund and fees. Construction is expected to start sometime this year. The 399-bed hospital plans to expand the emergency room by 12,000 square feet and increase the number of beds in the intensive care unit from 21 to 40. “The emergency room is going to have one multi-tier triage system in the middle,” Chief Operating Officer Ed Mirzabegian said. “Patients will go to the emergent side where it’s for emergencies, and the urgent side is for less-acute patients. Right now, everybody is kind of combined together.” Enlarging the emergency room will help with patient flow and allow for separating patients by the seriousness of their condition. The current 24 bays or treatment areas will increase to 55, and two new trauma rooms will be created, Mirzabegian said. Other projects include adding a second cardiac catheterization laboratory with holding rooms and recovery areas, putting in 190 more parking spaces, increasing private beds from 157 to 162, and building a canopied entrance. “It’s a little bit awkward when you pick up and drop off now. We will make a nice circular drive and put a glass canopy on top of that,” Mirzabegian said. — Karen Maeshiro, (661) [email protected]last_img read more