Kaiser Permanente, one of the top healthcare organizations in western Riverside County, has started significant development projects. It includes expanding Kaiser’s hospitals in Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Wildomar.
- Kaiser Permanente is spending $1.7 billion on expanding its facilities within Riverside County. The development projects include the following:
- development of new hospitals in Riverside and Moreno Valley;
- creation of a second medical office building in Murrieta;
- opening of a new medical facility in Wildomar.
- Additional improvements totaling $473.1 million would also be made to many Kaiser facilities in Riverside County.
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“Our community is growing, and Kaiser Permanente is growing with it through $1.7 billion in expansion projects at four locations across Riverside County,”Dr. Sammy Totah, Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser’s Riverside County area
When completed, the facilities will boost the availability of medical services and “make more specialized care available closer to home,” Totah said.
The projects in Riverside County are given in more detail below.
Diagnosis and Treatment Facility
A five-story hospital and a two-story facility for diagnosis and treatment are being added to Kaiser’s Riverside Medical Center.
As per the city of Riverside study, the 95-foot-tall hospital tower will have the following additions:
- 152 beds, including 116 single-occupancy rooms and 36 neonatal critical care unit rooms.
- Upgraded single-patient rooms will be created from existing double-occupancy rooms.
- Eight operating rooms and 58 emergency treatment bays will be added to the center’s surgical and emergency departments.
- A five-story, 70-foot-high parking garage with 1,151 car spaces is also in the process.
The project is expected to finish in the first quarter of 2027 with a total cost of $735.4 million.
The Moreno Valley Medical Center is getting a 93,000-square-foot addition.
The project’s features include the following:
- Radiography room;
- 27-bay post-anesthesia care unit;
- Two-story diagnostic and treatment facility with six operating rooms;
- Six-bed neonatal critical care unit and;
- Six other rooms.
The center’s grand opening is planned for the third quarter of 2023. The approximate cost of this project is $250.2 million.
In the north Murrieta medical corridor along the 215 Freeway, a second, 88,900-square-foot medical office facility is developing, together with a public square and community garden.
The new medical office building will include the following:
- An ambulatory surgical unit with six operating rooms;
- 26-bay post-anesthesia care unit;
- 14-bay chemotherapy unit;
- 26 exam rooms and;
- 19 physician offices.
According to Bearden, the project should be finished in the first quarter of 2023, costing $124.8 million.
Kaiser is moving its Wildomar medical office to an outpatient center of almost 84,000-square-foot at Wildomar Trail and the 15 Freeway.
The new facility will have the following:
- Primary care, pediatrics, optometry, allergy, and dermatology services;
- 61 provider offices and;
- 79 exam rooms.
This project may be completed by the fourth quarter of 2024 with an expected cost of $116.5 million.
In terms of healthcare, the Inland Empire has historically been neglected compared to other parts of the state. There is also an economic aspect, as the Riverside hospital will increase its 3,500 employees by around 330. Therefore, constructing these facilities will help boost the Empire’s economy.