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Tuesday, Jan 29 2013 12:03 AM

Hospital project moving forward

The firms that will be building the new Tehachapi Hospital formally announced the planned groundbreaking in trade publications last week.

Ground is scheduled to break on March 28 for the new $56 million hospital with Bernards and Colombo Construction Company Inc., acting in a joint venture partnership, providing the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District with construction management services for the approximately 79,000-square-foot project.

Designed by Stephen Wen of SWA Architects, the new $56-million, 25-bed, 78,979-square-foot facility will replace the existing hospital, which does not meet the current California Seismic Safety Standards. The new hospital will be located in the Capital Hills commercial subdivision north of Highway 58 near Mill Street.

Construction will begin in February and the project is slated for completion in 2015.

The replacement facility will sit just two miles from the current 17,000-square-foot Tehachapi Hospital, which was built in the early 1950s to replace an earlier structure that was leveled in the 1952 Tehachapi earthquake.

It is the only hospital within a 50-mile radius -- one of the factors that spurred the development endeavor, the contractors noted.

"Despite being a very small hospital, Tehachapi serves a large portion of South and Southeast Kern County, including areas that lie outside our district's geographical boundaries," Alan J. Burgess, CEO of Tehachapi Hospital

The hospital is designated as a critical-access rural facility. Like the existing location, the new Tehachapi Hospital will be a 25-bed, critical access hospital, but it will also feature space for a few additional services, including surgery, obstetrics and ICU.

"Upon completion of the new hospital, the existing facility will be used as an outpatient medical center, with a minimum of cosmetic improvements," Burgess said.

"We are pleased that the Tehachapi Health Care District has chosen Bernards / Colombo JV to build the new replacement hospital for the Tehachapi community," said Greg Simons, Executive Vice President in Bernards' Los Angeles office. "This new state-of the-art facility will provide a safe, aesthetically pleasing environment for patients, healthcare professionals and visitors and serve this community well for many years to come."


The district's board of directors has two special meetings coming up so board members can take action on related matters.

The first is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the TVHD hospital conference room, 115 W. "E" St.

The agenda calls for approval of payment of city mitigation fees, assignment of water rights to the city, builders risk insurance, medical consultants network policy management agreement and selection of a finance company for leasing of equipment for the new hospital.

The agenda also calls for the award of a contract to Phillips for patient and cardiac monitoring system and authorization of the CEO to negotiate the contract and approval of a resolution amending the board bylaws regarding the personnel, facilities and building and planning committees. Approval of an option for network services by vantage is final item on the agenda.

A second special meeting is also scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at the same location. The agenda for that meeting has not yet been released.

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