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Kaiser Permanente adding to four locations with $1.7 billion investment

por John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | August 19, 2022
Business Affairs
Riverside Medical Center is spending $1.7 billion on expansions and construction at four of its locations, including Riverside Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of Riverside Medical Center)
California’s Kaiser Permanente is investing $1.7 billion into expansions and construction at four of its locations in Riverside County.

They include its Riverside and Moreno Valley hospitals and its Murrieta and Wildomar medical offices, according to The Press-Enterprise.

The projects will increase accessibility to medical services and “make more specialized care available closer to home,” said Dr. Sammy Totah, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser’s Riverside County area, in a statement.

A five-story hospital and two-story diagnostic and treatment facility are being added to Riverside Medical Center for an estimated $735.4 million.

The 95-foot hospital tower will have 152 beds, including 116 single-occupancy rooms and 36 neonatal intensive care unit rooms, bringing total bed count to 298. New emergency and surgical departments will also be added, along with eight operating rooms, 58 emergency treatment bays and a 70-foot-high, five-story parking garage.

The additions will create 330 new jobs, and are expected to be in completion the first quarter of 2027.

The Moreno Valley Medical Center will be expanded 93,000 square feet with a two-story diagnostic and treatment building, six operating rooms, a radiology room, a 27-bay post-anesthesia care unit, and a six-bed neonatal care unit.

The estimated cost is $250.2 million. Its opening is predicted in the third quarter of 2023.

In Murrieta, Kaiser is building a second, 88,900-square-foot medical office building for an estimated $124.8 million. It will include an ambulatory surgery unit with six operating rooms and a 26-bay post-anesthesia care unit; 19 provider offices, 26 exam rooms, a 14-bay chemotherapy center, and imaging services.

Completion is expected in the first quarter of 2023.

The healthcare system is also moving its Wildomar medical office to an 84,000-square-foot outpatient center that will house 61 provider offices and 79 exam rooms, and provide primary care, pediatrics, optometry, allergy, dermatology, and other specialty services.

The project is estimated to cost $116.5 million and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Kaiser will also pay $473.1 million for other upgrades at various facilities in Riverside County.

Totah says the completion dates are “tentative” due to supply-chain challenges in Southern California.

The Riverside project will begin in September. The others are underway.

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