The ground breaking ceremony took place at the site of the future parking garage to formally kick off a significant expansion of the facility. State Senator Richard Roth, District 31, and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey were among officials who took part in the ceremonial start of the expansion project. After completion, expected by 2017, Riverside Community Hospital will feature a new 5-story parking garage with 1,061 parking spaces, a 3-story medical office building, and a new 7-story, 292,000 square-foot patient tower with 72 private patient rooms, bringing the 373-bed hospital to a 445-bed hospital.
The addition of the new patient tower will provide more space to accommodate families and expand services to more critically ill patients. Several floors of the patient tower will be shelled space available for future growth and expansion.
“This is truly an exciting time for Riverside Community Hospital, the community of Riverside and the entire Inland Empire region we serve” stated Patrick Brilliant, Riverside Community Hospital President and CEO. “We’ve been working for the better part of seven years to reach this point and begin construction on this campus expansion project. Many people in this community deserve to share this momentous event which their hard work and support helped create. We are honored to have community leaders including Senator Roth, Mayor Rusty Bailey, Cindy Roth and Brian Hawley from the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, our City Council officials, Pastor Harry Cole of Calvary Presbyterian Church and my hospital staff officials and board members join us in celebration of this occasion and the first steps toward the completion of our future hospital.”
“This project truly represents Riverside Community Hospital’s commitment to patient care for our residents,” Chief of Medical Staff, Dr. Lawrence Clark said. “With the expansion, we will be able to meet the needs of a growing community for generations to come. Over the last 110 years, this hospital has established a reputation and trust within our community, and I’m excited that together we will have the opportunity to watch this vision of the new hospital tower become a reality.”
The construction project will result in 400 jobs over the duration of the project in various construction trades and nearly 300 full-time hospital positions when completed.
Visit www.riversidecommunityhospital.com for routine updates about the expansion project and other healthcare news.
About Riverside Community Hospital:
Founded in 1901, Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) is a 373 licensed bed, full-service acute care hospital in the heart of the Inland Empire. With over 500 physicians on staff, representing over 200 specialties and over 1,700 employees, RCH is an Inland Empire leader in providing advanced, comprehensive health care to the Inland region. RCH houses the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50 beds. RCH is one of Riverside County’s only STEMI (heart attack) receiving centers and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center. Centers of Excellence include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, the Transplant Program and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.