CEO Lindsay Mann explains “California requires that all acute care hospitals meet strict earthquake safety requirements. Our hospital, built almost 50 years ago, does not meet these stringent standards.”
A new hospital will feature some changes including a new entrance to the hospital off of Acequia Street, expansion of the Emergency Department, a new delivery dock and delivery yard for semi-trucks and other large vehicles and a new central utility plant which will be located on the parcel now occupied by our Kaweah Kids Center. (Yes, we will carefully be studying alternatives to our present Kids Center and laundry facility both of which will need to be relocated.)The ED expansion will cover most of the current eastside parking lot(see map).
“In the near future we will be finalizing our facilities plans, confirming cost estimates, developing financing plans, and engaging necessary architectural and engineering firms to prepare construction documents for approval by the state. We expect construction to begin in 2020 with a projected completion date of 2024.”
The new hospital will require multiple funding sources including: Hospital cash reserves, revenue and general obligation bonds, state and federal grants, and fund raising.