First Patients Admitted to New South Wing at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center’s

March 28, 2012

MISSION HILLS (July 13, 2011) – Little Emily Martinez is just 6 pounds but a big deal at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. She was the first baby born in the Mission Hills hospital’s new South Wing, which is opening today.

In fact, the South Wing’s first-floor Women’s Pavilion opens just in time as July, August and September are noted by Labor and Delivery nurses as the busiest months for new babies.

Proud parents, Juan and Aracely Martinez said they were so happy to add a new little girl to their family and their 3-year old is excited about being a big sister. Baby Emily was delivered in the new South Wing by Dr. Farid Yasharpour who states “this is an exciting time for Providence Holy Cross and it will allow physicians like myself to continue providing great, quality care to this community.”

The newly opening expansion has 138 beds, bringing the total at Providence Holy Cross to 377 beds and making the hospital one of the largest in the area. A 12-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for premature babies and other fragile infants is due to open by the end of summer, the first serving the Northeast Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley.

The new wing also includes new surgical suites, a state-of-the-art gastroenterology lab, a chapel and gardens. The 132,000-square-foot expansion was built to LEED specifications, meaning it meets the nation’s most stringent environmental-friendly standards set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “Green” building rating system. Environmentally friendly features include eco-friendly construction materials, water bottle filling stations, additional bicycle racks and an extension of the hospital’s first-of-its-kind composting program.

The addition also brings about 370 new jobs, including 111 new nursing positions, said Debby Dunkle, the hospital’s director of human resources.

Plans for the new wing began nearly a decade ago as Providence Holy Cross and other area hospitals felt the ripple effects of numerous hospital closures. With the loss of some 400 beds valleywide, the Catholic, not-for-profit hospital initiated a fund-raising campaign to help finance the expansion, and businesses, residents, physicians, employees and volunteers have helped raise more than $5 million toward the $180 million project.

The South Wing, opening as Providence Holy Cross celebrates its 50th year, was designed by HMC Architects and built by McCarthy Building Companies and Swinerton Builders.

The expansion covers the front of the hospital. The new lobby features a Heritage Wall that recounts the history of Holy Cross, including how the hospital continued operations despite two major earthquakes and earned a reputation for excellence, notably for its trauma program.

Providence Holy Cross was founded in 1961 by the Sisters of Holy Cross, based in South Bend, Ind. In 1997, the Sisters of Providence acquired the hospital as part of Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services, which operates 27 medical centers in five Western states.