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Hospital officials saddened by threatened litigation

Two groups suing to stop hospital expansion

Posted: December 22, 2008 8:37 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2008 8:48 p.m.
 

By Vince Lovato
City Desk Editor

Hospital officials are saddened that two groups are threatening legal action against the city that would stall expansion at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.


"After four-and-a-half years in the public process and thousands of hours of analysis and public testimony we are saddened that a local organization would attempt to stop the hospital from fulfilling its promised expansion to the community," said Andie Bogdan, hospital director of planning.


The Community Advocates for Healthcare SCV and Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment filed a intend to take legal action against the city of Santa Clarita clerk's office Monday for violating the California Environmental Quality Act.


"At this writing, hospital administration is in the dark about the membership of one of the two petitioners mentioned in the Notice of Intent to Commence Litigation - a group named Community Advocates for Healthcare SCV," Bogdan said.


"The hospital hasn't seen, heard, or been contacted by any group by this name during the public process despite multiple community meetings, mailings and ample local press coverage on the hospital project."
The two groups claim the hospital's environmental impact report, "failed to include adequate mitigation measures to address the adverse impacts of the project."


The petitioners claim also states the city violated its own code by approving the project.


"It's our tremendous desire to deliver the health care that Santa Clarita residents want and need, without further delays," said hospital President and CEO Roger Seaver. "I sincerely hope this litigation will be dropped for the benefit of those who depend on the hospital."
vlovato@the-signal.com

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