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Health Matters: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center | 11 I n response to a growing need for clinically excellent services, a new emergency department and urgent care facility are currently under construction at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. The 34,500-square- foot emergency department (two and a half times larger than the current one) and an 8,500-square-foot urgent care clinic are on schedule to be completed in the summer of 2022. "Our goal is to create state-of-the-art facilities that will meet the current and future needs of our community," says Celina Barba-Simic, MD, medical director of the Burbank Emergency Medical Group at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. The current ED was not designed to efficiently accommodate today 's newest equipment, and the advanced imaging required to quickly diagnose strokes, for example, is a football field's distance away. In the new facility it will be in the ED, saving precious minutes that can make a huge difference. "State-of-the-art medicine requires a state-of-the-art facility, and that is what we are building," Barba-Simic says. The new construction will allow for more ED patients, private patient rooms, improved proximity to advanced imaging, specialized treatment and streamlined admissions. We have been blessed to have the opportunity to use the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to include additional negative- pressure rooms in the new ED design. The needs of the area's population have also expanded and evolved. "Today the emergency department deals with a growing number of socioeconomic and behavioral health concerns, including poverty, homelessness, addiction and other mental health issues, and we expect to keep seeing increases," Barba-Simic says. Licensed clinicians and behavioral health treatment spaces will accommodate the needs of patients experiencing such challenges. A FINAL PUSH FOR FUNDING The goal of the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation's Minutes Matter Emergency Services Campaign is to raise $78 million for the new facilities. "Today we are $11.3 million short of that goal, and the final phase of fundraising is always the hardest," says Tina Johann, chief philanthropy officer for the Providence Saint Joseph Foundation. The construction is being funded entirely by community support; no public money or assistance from the Providence system has been sought." The foundation's board, which is made up of some of the community 's most influential and philanthropic members, assumed leadership for the fundraising; in fact, every member has both donated and helped raise funds. "We take our responsibility to this community very seriously," says Ed Romano, Minutes Matter Campaign co- chair. "We knew the families and businesses we serve needed an expanded, updated emergency department and urgent care, so we accepted the challenge to make it a reality." The community itself has rallied, with more than 2,800 gifts ranging from $25 to $15 million. The urgent care facility will be named for the Cusumano family, and the emergency department for Jaromír Střížka, a grateful Providence Saint Joseph patient. "The amount of money we have raised from the people we serve is a testament to their commitment to us," Johann says. A New Facility for the Future A state-of-the-art emergency department and urgent care facility at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center will soon serve the surrounding community. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO MAKE A DONATION: Call 818-847-4673 or visit "This emergency services campaign project will save and improve countless lives and strengthen our entire community." —Markham L. Goldstein, chair, Providence Saint Joseph Board of Governors

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