RIVERSIDE, CALIF., HOSPITAL EXPANSION WOULD BRING BED COUNT TO NEARLY 500
By John Mugford
Even though the recession has slowed the building of new inpatient and outpatient healthcare projects nationwide, industry veterans say development probably would never come to a complete standstill.
That’s because there will always be special circumstances – such as new technological advances or population increases – driving the development of healthcare projects.
An example can be found in Riverside, Calif., where officials with Riverside Community Hospital recently announced plans for a massive expansion.
As is the case for many hospitals in California, the Riverside hospital needs to embark on a rebuilding project to put its facility into compliance with the state’s seismic safety guidelines, Senate Bill 1953.
That state law requires all healthcare facilities to be able to withstand an earthquake, with many hospitals needing to meet the requirement by 2013.
In the case of the Riverside hospital, which is owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Inc., the seismic guideline is coupled with a booming local population, leading the hospital to plan for a $400 million project that would more than double the size of the existing hospital and increase the bed count to as many as 494 from the current 373.
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