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December 5, 2006 > Central Plant Groundbreaking Celebrated

Central Plant Groundbreaking Celebrated

On November 15, 2006, Washington Hospital Healthcare System broke ground on the Central Plant Project, marking the beginning of several renovation projects that will take place at Washington Hospital over the next several years. It is the first building that will be funded, in part, by Measure FF, a $190 million bond measure approved by voters in November 2004.

Donning hard hats and ceremonial shovels, the five board members of the Washington Township Health Care District, Dr. Bernard Stewart, Dr. Jacob Eapen, Patricia Danielson, Michael Wallace, and Dr. William Nicholson, were joined at the site of the new central plant by CEO Nancy Farber and Robert Solon, Washington Hospital’s first employee.
The 36,000 square foot power plant will include a new central plant, laundry, utility tunnel and a new loading dock. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in early 2007. The new central plant is critical in providing expanded utility service, which will allow for the eventual replacement of nearly all buildings on Washington Hospital’s campus.

Washington Hospital CEO Nancy Farber took time to thank several people for their hard work in helping to make the construction project a reality. She also expressed her gratitude to the community for supporting Measure FF – the general obligation bond that will help fund part of the renovation and building costs.

“On behalf of Washington Hospital, I want to thank the residents of the Washington Township Health Care District for all of your support.” Farber said. “This expansion project is an investment that will benefit our community far into the future.”

Washington Township Health Care District Board President, Bernard Stewart, D.D.S., welcomed guests to the ceremony and spoke of his admiration for the first Board of Directors in 1948 when the original Hospital campus was being planned and built.

“This is an exciting and significant moment in the Township’s history and this groundbreaking marks the beginning of a bright future at Washington Hospital,” Stewart said. “By building a modern facility that is responsive to the citizens in this community, we will ensure that this District remains strong, healthy and vibrant.”

Measure FF is a general obligation bond approved in 2004 that will help Washington Hospital make critically needed seismic safety upgrades as well as expand its emergency room, intensive care unit, cardiac care facilities and lab and radiology services. To ensure Measure FF funds will be used in accordance with community expectations, a voluntary Citizens Bond Oversight Committee has been appointed to oversee the disbursement of the Measure FF bond proceeds and will report annually on the expenditure of the funds.

The push to replace the hospital facilities is primarily driven by California’s requirement that all hospital meet stringent new seismic guidelines by 2030. Upgrades are needed not only to ensure the hospital is able to continue to provide care in the event of a disaster, such as an earthquake, but also as a result of the growing population throughout the District, which now numbers more than 320,000.

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