Sept. 13, 2010
After years of planning and delays, Layton broke ground on the new 81,500-square-foot Barstow Community Hospital in Barstow, Calif. on Sept. 8, 2010. The new hospital will replace the aging Barstow Community Hospital that was built in 1958. While the original hospital has been expanded and updated over the years, the facility clearly needed to be replaced. The new hospital will include 30 private patient rooms, an intensive care unit, a bigger emergency department, a more advanced maternity department and an expanded operating room suite.
More than 300 people gathered to celebrate the hospital's groundbreaking.
"This is the culmination of almost 50 years of effort by the leaders of this community," Michael Stewart, CEO of Barstow Community Hospital, said at the groundbreaking. "[This hospital] will be the hub of health care in the High Desert."
Workers have already started grading the site, and by the end of the year the hospital's foundation and utility lines will be in place. The new Barstow Community Hospital is expected to be complete in late 2012.
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