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The featured image: Providence is building its new satellite health facility in San Clemente as part of a multi-million dollar expansion project. Photo: Shawn Raymundo
By Shawn Raymundo
Providence will soon open a pair of satellite healthcare facilities in Rancho Mission Viejo and San Clemente as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion plan that also includes the construction of a new patient tower on its campus. Mission Viejo Medical Center.
For $712 million, Providence plans to build its new patient care tower, providing about 100 new beds at Mission Hospital, as well as expand the two multi-specialty health centers in San Clemente and RMV, commonly known as The Ranch.
“Caring for our neighbors is our primary mission, and having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of our hospital, we are excited about the opportunity to grow with our growing community and continue to provide care for the next 50,” said the executive director of Providence Mission Hospital, Seth. Teigen said in a press release.
Talk with San Clemente Hours on Tuesday, September 20, Teigen said Providence sees itself as the primary health care provider for both communities. Providence, he added, wanted to help meet the medical needs of San Clemente with the loss of the local hospital in 2016 and provide services in the ever-expanding RMV.
“We really consider who our communities need to serve,” Teigen said, noting that the two hospitals in Providence — Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo — are the closest geographically. “We felt responsible to go where they are.”
According to Providence, its new health care centers in The Ranch and San Clemente will offer urgent care services, an imaging center and a clinic with primary care physicians, obstetrician/gynecologists and a rotation of other specialist care providers.
Teigen further explained that through a partnership with Exer Urgent Care, the San Clemente location – adjacent to Chick-Fil-A on Avenida Vista Hermosa, just off Highway 5 – will also offer outpatient services. outpatients at Laguna and Mission Viejo hospitals for acute problems, such as if a patient is having a heart attack or stroke.
Similar to San Clemente, The Ranch, located at Chiquita Canyon Drive and Airoso Street, will offer the same services and is intended for Providence to “bring health care to the community,” Teigen said.
Construction of the San Clemente site is already underway, costing about $12 million to $15 million, and expected to open in 2023, according to Teigen. The RMV project, which costs between $40 million and $45 million, has a target opening of 2024.
At Mission Hospital, Providence is looking to use the new four-story tower to house state-of-the-art operating theaters and cardiac catheterization labs, while improving the neuroscience center, cardiovascular programs, and maternity services.
“The project will provide caregivers and providers with a contemporary, fully equipped environment in which to deliver exceptional patient care and facilitate the way they serve patients,” Providence said in the release.
Providence said it will also build a new multi-specialty outpatient surgery center in a bid to streamline surgical care for patients, as well as attract “new physician partners and (offer) the latest care options.” minimally invasive”.
“I think what our hospital is trying to do and our strategy has been, as this community grows, we want to grow with it,” Teigen said of the expansion to better serve southern Orange County. , adding, “We try to grow and meet the needs of the community.
Addressing the half-century-old facility at Mission Viejo, Teigen noted that some of the concerns surrounding the structure include the roof, as it has reached its limit on the number of times it can undergo refurbishment. He also said there are outdated boiler systems and not-so-contemporary operating rooms.
“We have major services living in this building, and we want to be able to deliver an exceptional experience that the community has come to expect,” Teigen said.
With construction expected to start in 2023 and take about six years, Teigen said Providence will gradually vacate its building and move into the new tower.
On the San Clemente side of the project, Pro Tem Mayor Chris Duncan said Tuesday that the city is welcoming health care providers to San Clemente who “will ensure our residents have options to meet their health care needs.” .
“We have Providence and others who are certainly interested in coming to town and providing services,” Duncan said, speaking in general terms because he hadn’t yet been fully briefed on the project.
“It’s important,” he continued, “none of these operators have expressed interest in building a community hospital. What we expect from (Providence) is to provide services health care that can meet the needs of the community, or as an alternative to a traditional hospital.
The project comes as the city enters a new phase of ongoing efforts to find a suitable use for MemorialCare’s closed hospital site on Camino de los Mares.
MemorialCare closed its hospital in 2016 amid a legal dispute with the city over whether to have an urgent care facility or a facility that provided an emergency room and other hospital functions. The city and MemorialCare settled the lawsuit in 2019.
Last March, MemorialCare proposed a plan to demolish the abandoned medical campus and develop a 250-unit seniors’ residence for those 55 and older, as well as a medical practice that will include emergency care, primary physicians and specialized medical care services. .
Over the next few weeks, elected officials and elected officials will continue to review the project, which proposes numerous exemptions to the City’s zoning requirements. The project itself would also require a general plan amendment to rezone the commercial property for a mixed-use project.
Regarding the return of a hospital with emergency services, the city of San Clemente conducted a poll last winter, finding that a large majority, 83%, supported the creation of a new local hospital. . However, this figure dropped to only 57% if it was to use public funds for its construction with an estimated price of 200 million dollars.
Mayor Gene James and Duncan, who both led the council’s hospital sub-committee, said it was not possible to build a new hospital at this stage after finding that the town would have to bear the brunt of the financial burden.
Duncan and James added, however, that they hoped for legislation that would allow emergency rooms to exist separately from a hospital.
Asked about his thoughts on the belief that healthcare providers and hospital operators such as Providence couldn’t create a financially viable operating model in San Clemente, Teigen said it was true.
“Actually, we looked at it twice. Since I’ve been here we’ve looked at it carefully twice, it doesn’t make financial sense with this investment,” Teigen said. “We have to look at the big picture and consider health care needs. We think we will meet 90% of those needs (in San Clemente).
Shawn Raymundo is the editor of Picket Fence Media. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in global studies. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, he worked as a government accountability reporter for the Pacific Daily News in the US territory of Guam. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnzyTsunami and follow San Clemente Times @SCTimesNews.
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