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TODAY news for Thursday, January 15, 2007

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LLUMC unveils new construction project

Ruthita Fike, MA (left), CEO, LLUMC; and B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president & CEO, LLUAHSC, unveil the new sign marking the ambulatory pavilion site.
(From left) Jesse Mock, vice president for Medical Center facilities; Danny Fontoura, MBA, senior vice president, LLUMC; Lowell Cooper, MPH, chair, Board of Trustees; Roger Hadley, MD, dean, School of Medicine; and Kevin Lang, MBA, chief financial officer, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, watch as Ruthita Fike, MA (left), CEO, LLUMC; and B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president & CEO, LLUAHSC, unveil the new sign marking the ambulatory pavilion site.
Loma Linda University Medical Center announced plans for a new construction project that will provide a new building to house the International Heart Institute and establish two state-of-the-art centers for imaging, gastrointestinal, and pulmonary services on Wednesday, December 13.

The new building will allow for expansion of services and ease of access to accommodate the rapidly growing population of the Inland Empire. The facility will also allow for the expansion of the Cancer Institute within the current Schuman Pavilion.

The new building is in alignment with the overall strategic plan to allow the Medical Center to continue providing service excellence and clinical leadership in health care for the residents of the Inland Empire.

“This is a very important part of expanding our services,” says Ruthita Fike, MA, CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The proposed pavilion will be built directly east of the Schuman Pavilion located on the northeastern corner of the Medical Center campus. It will encompass 142,000 square feet among four floors, with total project costs estimated to be $96.2 million.

Construction time is expected to take between 18 to 24 months once city approval and the appropriate permits are in place. Upgraded parking access will be developed to coincide with the project.

“We really do want to make accessibility and convenience hallmarks of this institution,” says Danny Fontoura, MBA, senior vice president of LLUMC. “We know parking is going to be a cornerstone of this project.”

Currently the building project is named the “ambulatory pavilion,” as naming opportunities have not been finalized. If you are interested in naming all or part of the ambulatory pavilion, please contact the office of philanthropy at (909) 558-3555.

Loma Linda University Medical Center is the only level 1 trauma center for a four-county area (Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino) representing 25 percent of the geographic area of California, and serving 10 percent of the state’s population. The Medical Center has nine floors for patients with a total of 427 beds and is attached to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, with 256 beds for pediatric patients.

By Preston Clarke Smith

TODAY news for Thursday, January 15, 2007