February 4, 2020 Tour of Loma Linda University’s New Hospital Construction

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Member Only – Off-Site Tour of Loma Linda University’s New Hospital Construction

Loma Linda, CA


Present:   Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Ann Bryan, Rachell Bussell, Ken Coate, Louis Goodwin, Milford Harrison, Dick Hart, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, P.T. McEwen, Bansree Parikh, Keven Porter, Thomas Rice, Michael Rivera, Dan Schenkel, Paul Shimoff, Kristine Scott and Frank Zabaleta.

Announcements: 1) Appreciation was expressed to Dr. Hart and Rachell Bussell for arranging the off-site meeting and construction site tour.  2)  Members were reminded that all meetings in February are off-site.  3) Participants on the D.C. trip were asked to mail or drop off their business cards to the Inland Action office.

M/S/P: Minutes from January 28, 2020.

The second reading of proposed membership for East Valley Water District was announced.  John Mura, General Manager/CEO would serve as their representative.  Ballots will be distributed at the February 11, 2020 meeting.  For more information please see their web site at  https://www.eastvalley.org/

Dr. Richard Hart welcomed the group and gave an overview of the project with a concise video.

To meet the State of California’s 2020 seismic standards for hospitals and to better meet the needs of patients and families for years to come, Loma Linda University Health is constructing a new adult hospital and expanding its Children’s Hospital. The two new towers will feature private rooms to enhance patient care and better facilitate the education of student training in the health professions, many of whom will continue their service in our communities. The second floor will have separate emergency rooms dedicated to care for adults and children.

At 268 feet high, the Medical Center will be the second tallest building in San Bernardino County and the tallest hospital in California. The entire project contains roughly 27,000 tons of steel.  If melted down to a one-inch diameter cable, it would stretch from Loma Linda to New York City with 300 miles to spare.  The new facilities, located on the Dennis and Carol Troesh Medical Campus, will open in the spring of 2021.

Dr. Hart led the group on the construction site tour with Eric Schilt, VP for Construction.

Tour concluded at 8:38 a.m.