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Patient Tower Raises Profile of a Hospital

Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center held a “topping out” ceremony on Oct. 30 for its new patient tower, a major milestone in the hospital’s multi-year, $542 million Tarzana Reimagined project.The 22-foot steel beam, signed and hoisted to sit atop the tower, symbolizes the partnership between Providence St. Joseph Health and Cedars-Sinai, the hospital said. The joint venture was created in March of last year to own and operate the Tarzana campus, with Providence maintaining controlling interest.The Tarzana Reimagined construction project due to be completed in 2023 includes outpatient and ambulatory services, an outdoor healing garden, new diagnostic and treatment services, along with the five-story, 223,000-square-foot patient tower.The hospital just broke ground on the patient tower in February; it will boast all private rooms, staff said.Cedars is footing 49 percent of the bill, “contributing proportionately to the project, to their ownership,” Dale Surowitz, former chief executive of the Tarzana hospital, said in a previous interview with the Business Journal.Surowitz left his role at the hospital in September to serve as chief executive at the Los Angeles Jewish Home, based in Reseda.McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. in St. Louis is the general contractor for the Tarzana project, with Los Angeles-based Perkins&Will serving as architect.“We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone,” Jean Mah, health care practice leader and principal at Perkins&Will, said in a statement. “The new expansions and upgrades to this campus will bring much-needed health services with new building and spaces that enhance the patient/family and staff experience with abundant daylight and views, all private patient rooms with sleep sofas, and staff break/respite rooms, embodying state-of-the-art models of care.”Hospital leaders and community members who donated to the project were on site to sign the beam. Tarzana employees signed a magnetic strip placed on the steel, hospital staff said.“We are figuratively and literally rising to new heights together in advancing health care,” Erik Wexler, chief executive of Providence Southern California and member of the joint venture board, said in a statement. “This is a historic moment for the San Fernando Valley as we ceremoniously mark the beginning of a unique partnership that combines the expertise, talent and commitment of two extraordinary organizations.”“The new patient tower under construction will help our organizations accomplish this joint mission,” Thomas Priselac, chief executive of Cedars-Sinai, added in a statement.In addition to campus construction, the partnership will add options for patients seeking heart, cancer and women’s services in the San Fernando Valley, with access to more specialists from Cedars. Tarzana staff mentioned a heightened “continuum of care” for transplant patients because of the joint venture.

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