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Rady Children’s Hospital Breaks Ground on $1B Patient Care Tower

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego broke ground Aug. 29 on the largest construction project in its nearly 70-year history: a seven-story, 500,000 square foot Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Services Pavilion.

The addition, which will displace part of a structure built in the 1950s, is expected to cost in the range of $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion. Construction costs will be supported by a $200 million pledge from Ernest and Evelyn Rady made in 2019.

Rady Children’s expects to open the new addition in 2027.

“This is a generational transformation,” said Patrick Frias, M.D., president and CEO of Rady Children’s. “We not only need to be sized and scaled appropriately to serve our community today, we need to be built for the future to meet the complex needs of families in the decades ahead.”

The structure will house a new emergency department, advanced pediatric, neonatal and cardiac intensive care units, and state of the art operating rooms. It will feature welcoming, child-friendly areas and contain large, single patient rooms with space for caregivers to stay. The building will also include flexible spaces with the ability to adapt for different purposes at different times as care models change in the future.

The new tower will house 140 intensive care unit beds and four operating rooms and will double the size of the emergency department, from 46 rooms to 86, and expand the space dedicated to providing behavioral health services.

 

 

 

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