St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Breaks Ground On New $261 Million Medical Center

left to right: Alan Garrett, President and CEO of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary; Br. Ignatius Sudol, St. Mary Board of Trustees; Eric Morino, St. Mary Board of Trustees; Rosella Bernal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary; Sr. Martha Ann Fitzpatrick, CSJ, St. Mary Board of Trustees; Robert Lovingood, Chairman of the St. Mary Foundation Board of Directors; Ryan McEachron, Victorville Mayor; Deborah Proctor, President and CEO of St. Joseph Health; Darrin Montalvo, Regional Executive Vice President, Southern California, St. Joseph Health; Vodur Reddy, M.D., Chief of Staff at St. Mary; and Wesley Okamoto, Assistant Vice President Design/Executive Architect, Petra Integrated.

By Staff Reports

(Victorville) – – It’s a new era for healthcare in the High Desert. On Tuesday, 300 health, business and civic leaders gathered with St. Joseph Health, St. Mary leaders to break ground on its new $261 million medical center.

The new St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Victorville campus is designed with a Level 3 Trauma Center – the first in the High Desert – and 128 private rooms. St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Victorville is located on 98 acres off of Interstate 15 in Victorville.

“It is an honor to stand here today and see the beginnings of a new medical center that will continue the work of improving the lives of High Desert residents and future generations,” said Alan Garrett, President and CEO of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. “We at St. Mary believe the care provided to all of our friends, families and community is sacred, and we are privileged to serve all who call the High Desert home.”

When the new medical center opens in 2016, the Apple Valley campus will continue to operate as an acute care hospital. Together the two St. Mary campuses will have 328 beds, and care for approximately 225 patients each day including more than 216,000 outpatient visits a year.

“This new medical center will bring greater health to High Desert residents and to the local economy. Once it is completed the High Desert will have 1,113 new hospital jobs with an average salary of $58,260. Ultimately, its payroll will add $57 million to High Desert families each year,” John Husing, Ph.D., economist.

Sr. Christine Schleich and Sr. Martha Ann Fitzpatrick, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange who work at St. Mary and serve on its Board of Trustees, unveil the sign marking the home of the new St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Victorville campus.

The construction of the medical center is expected to bring 1,235 construction jobs to the High Desert, or  an average of 309 per year for the four year construction period.

“We at St. Joseph Health are proud to support the High Desert communities with this beautiful new medical center and campus, and we look forward to the many ways we can elevate the care of all Southern California residents through the coordinated work of all our sister hospitals,” said Darrin Montalvo,  Regional Executive Vice President, Southern California, St. Joseph Health.

The new medical center will bring quality health services closer to High Desert residents living in the west portion of the valley. The campus embraces a new vision for healthcare that provides services focused on the body, mind and spirit of all who seek care, visit or work there. Along with the medical center, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is building a medical office building and ambulatory care center. This is the first phase of the campus and is expected to be completed in 2016. Later phases will add retail, hotels, recreation and a spiritual care center – all designed to care for the whole person.

1 comment for “St. Joseph Health, St. Mary Breaks Ground On New $261 Million Medical Center

  1. September 27, 2012 at 5:40 am

    This is the best project starting this year in all the Victor Valley.

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