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Hospital turns 33 on Friday

Number of beds has more than tripled in 3 decades

Posted: August 12, 2008 7:29 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

The Santa Clarita Valley's hospital is celebrating its 33-year anniversary Friday.

The 100-bed Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opened its doors on Aug. 15, 1975, amid farm fields and rural communities.

The hospital now has 221 beds and has plans for an additional 100 beds in the coming years. Over the three decades, the hospital has more than doubled its number of beds in a growing valley.

"Our hospital was built to serve a much smaller population than exists in Santa Clarita today," said Roger Seaver, president and CEO for Newhall Memorial. "During the last three decades, there's been some incredible growth and development in the community. As a result, we've added beds and expanded and improved many of our services, such as a larger emergency department and leading-edge imaging technology, to meet the community's health care needs."

Expansion projects already underway include adding 27 more hospital beds, enhanced imaging services, a cardiac catheterization lab, a new and larger intensive care unit, and a neonatal intensive care unit.

The hospital is also expanding the emergency department by adding 2,600 square-feet and seven new patient beds for a total of 25.

"The hospital has changed during the last 33 years," Seaver said. "But our mission to improve the health of our community through compassion and excellence in health care services remains the same. We look forward to providing quality health care for 33 more years and well into the future."

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