VENTURA, Calif. – The faces in the crowd were as bright as the afternoon sun as a crowd of about 300 people anticipated the opening of the new hospital wing at the Ventura County Medical Center on June 9, 2017.
The new wing will officially be called the North Tower and the 232,000-square-foot building includes 120 private patient rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms, labor and delivery rooms, radiology, intensive care and a pediatric unit that includes an outdoor playground.
The operating rooms are twice as large as the ones in the old wing and surgeons will also have the advantage of using the recently-installed daVinci robotic surgery system.
The new emergency department – one of only two designated trauma care centers in the county – will be three times the size of the current department.
The North Tower is a seismically compliant, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified hospital. The LEED certification means the building was designed to save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of its occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.
The $304 million project came in several million dollars under budget. The opening was delayed several weeks by the past winter’s heavy rains.
At the ribbon-cutting, audience members were informed about the scope of the construction project. The North Tower contains 14,000 cubic yards of structural concrete, equal to the volume of granite at Mount Rushmore. The 200,000 lineal feet of mechanical and plumbing pipe in the wing would stand almost seven times the height of Mount Everest.
The main entrance to the hospital will be at 300 Hillmont Avenue when the North Tower opens to patients on July 16, 2017.
Photo: (L to R): Dr. Bryan Wong (Medical Director, VCMC), Richard Heim (President and CEO of Clark Construction), Joan Araujo (Chief Deputy Director, Health Care Agency), Supervisor Peter Foy, Supervisor Steve Bennett, Mike Powers (with scissors, County Executive Officer), Supervisor John Zaragoza, Supervisor Linda Parks, Supervisor Kelly Long, Kim Milstien (CEO, VCMC), Johnson Gill (Director, Health Care Agency) and Jeff Pratt (Director, Public Works).