US hospital CHA Hollywood Presbyterian unveils $200M first phase expansion plan


CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, US, has unveiled the first phase of a $200m master plan to expand and modernise its facility to better serve the Hollywood community and surrounding areas.

The first phase of a ten-year expansion and campus beautification master plan will help double the size of the hospital's emergency department.

CHA Health Systems founder Kwang Yul Cha said that the project will 'usher in a new era of healthcare in the community' and will also fulfill the state's seismic safety mandate that all hospitals must meet by 2020.

As part of the project, the hospital has decided to build an entirely new emergency department (ED) rather than retrofit the existing structure.

The new ED will include an expansion from the current 20 beds to 26 and a more than doubling in size of the department's physical space to 26,000ft² from its current 11,000ft².

Designed to provide an improved patient experience, the hospital's ED will be open around the clock and is staffed by a specially trained, multi-lingual team of physicians, nurses and ancillary staff.

The Phase I plan also includes a new 650-spot parking structure for patients, employees and visitors and an overall internal and external beautification of the hospital campus.

Additionally, the hospital will rebuild and relocate its kitchen and dietary department, which serves patients, visitors and employees.

CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center CEO Jerry Clute said: "The upgraded facilities will provide the environment and easy access to care that the community deserves while furnishing our medical staff and other clinicians with the tools they need to deliver top-notch medical care.

"We are anxious to start on these enhancements and begin the transformational process of our campus."

Cha noted that the construction of the new parking structure would start this November and expects to complete the project by November next year.

Following completion, work will begin on the new emergency department with an anticipated completion in the autumn of 2019.