The Victor Valley Global Medical Center is expanding its emergency department on the Eleventh Street campus in Victorville.
Local dignitaries joined KPC Health leaders at VVGMC to inaugurate the first phase of a multi-phase project that is expected to better serve approximately 40,000 annual ER patients.
KPC Health CEO Peter Baronoff greeted visitors including doctors, staff and KPC Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Kali Chaudhuri at the October 25 event.
The doctor told those present that the VVGMC is growing even as newspapers announce daily the closure of hospitals.
“I don’t mean big, I mean practical,” said Chaudhuri, who explained that improving aging and small emergencies was a priority, despite the current financial crisis.
Baronoff also hosts Victorville Mayor Debra Jones, Victor Valley College Board Trustee Joseph W. Brady, and representatives for State Senator Scott Wilk and 1st District Supervisor Paul Cook.
The first phase of the project involves renovating the existing facility’s emergency space by adding approximately 6,800 square feet, with room for 16 additional beds.
An expanded waiting room will double in size to accommodate 40 visitors and a newly designed entrance will allow for better access, flow and experience for patients.
A new, expanded front desk/reception station will be added along with new admission booths and a state-of-the-art CT scanner and control room.
The first phase is expected to be completed by fall 2023.
A proposed second phase includes adding 5,200 square feet, with room for 12 additional beds. Also, the construction of a rotunda in Building No. 4 and a new entrance to accommodate nine ambulances.
The estimated completion date for phase two is November 2024.
Representative Jay Obernolte thanked KPC officials for their investment and told the audience that access to quality health care is critical to the success of the High Desert community.
“You don’t even realize the importance of it until you need it,” said Obernolte, who recounted how, as a young parent, his son took apart a calculator and stuck a button on it. device in his nose.
Obernolt credited VVGMC staff with calming the nerves of him and his wife, Heather, and healing their son.
VVGMC CEO Marilyn Drone shared the need to expand the medical center’s services and how the hospital wants to take the lead as the High Desert continues to grow.
During the event, Drone and KPC executives repeatedly thanked doctors and medical staff for their dedication to serving the community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
KPC officials said the medical center has played a key role during the pandemic, with medical staff working tirelessly to serve many patients.
“The last few years have been difficult for everyone in many ways,” Drone said. “Victor Valley Global Medical Center, it was difficult like with other hospitals. But the dedication and perseverance of staff, physicians and the community is what has brought it all together and enabled everyone to take care of our patients.
Drone thanked dozens of individual and organizational partners who supported VVGMC during the pandemic. Some included Cal Fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Victor Valley College God’s Hand Extended, and Home Depot.
Officials also offered a minute of silence to acknowledge key family members of medical staff and others who died during the pandemic.
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