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Judge rejects hospital lawsuit

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will begin building parking structure, helipad

Posted: February 12, 2010 8:52 p.m.
Updated: February 13, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
A Los Angeles court rejected a local environmentalist group's lawsuit against the city over the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital's planned expansion, hospital officials said Friday.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected each of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment's arguments in the case in a judgment ruling Thursday. The group claimed the city did not conduct a thorough environmental impact review.

"We are very pleased that the court rejected the lawsuit in its entirety," President and CEO for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Roger Seaver said in a statement. "Our community depends upon the services of its only hospital and it is imperative that we move forward with the master plan development."

Calls to Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and Environment President Lynne Plambeck were not immediately returned.

The 221-bed hospital, located at 23845 McBean Parkway in Valencia, provides not-for-profit acute care for Santa Clarita Valley residents. Services include trauma, emergency, intensive care, maternity and nursing.

The master plan includes the addition of up to 120 beds, a neonatal intensive care unit, expanded imaging services and intensive care unit.

Seaver said the hospital will now "immediately begin the construction of the first parking structure and helipad station" for the hospital. The $15 million project will be on the Avenue Navarro and McBean Parkway corner of the hospital campus.

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