“It’s a minimum six- to eight-year process to get the facility open,” he said. Hospital building costs are figured at roughly $1.5 million a bed, and Carmody said the project would be financed by bonds, noting that the parent company is one of only a few nationwide with a multistate AA bond rating. The Santa Clarita City Council is reviewing an expansion proposal for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the Valley’s sole acute care facility. Newhall Memorial has 230 beds and is seeking approval for 370. However, some critics have voiced strong opposition to the amount of medical office space in the plan. Carmody said that by 2015 or 2020, the number of acute-care patients in Santa Clarita will justify the addition of 150 beds to 200 beds, and that Providence wants to be positioned to provide them. SANTA CLARITA – The parent company of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills is in discussions to buy land in Santa Clarita for a hospital, outpatient and medical office space, officials said Friday. “We are definitely wanting to purchase the property and if we purchase property of 30 (acres) to 35 acres, we are definitely going to build,” said Kerry Carmody, an administrator for Providence Holy Cross. In April, Carmody said Providence Health and Services was negotiating for 38 acres just outside city limits that would be suitable for a 200-bed hospital. He declined Friday to say whether that property or another is in play because no agreement had been reached. However, he said Providence is “ready to go” once a location is picked. An independent study ordered by Newhall Memorial and the city of Santa Clarita bears out an in-house Providence study on the growing need for acute-care services, he said, noting that the population is growing 7 percent to 9 percent a year. “If you look 10 (years) to 15 years in the future, even with the expansion of the local hospital, they will still be able to handle (only) 40 percent of the patients living in the valley,” Carmody said. “Now, Holy Cross in Mission Hills is currently seeing 16 percent of (Santa Clarita residents). “We see future expansion (in Santa Clarita) is going to meet the needs of the other 60 percent not using other local facilities.” The Mission Hills facility is 11 miles from Santa Clarita. Roger Seaver, president and CEO of Newhall Memorial, agrees the region’s growth could support two hospitals. Back in April, he said the growth and aging of the Santa Clarita Valley’s population indicate there will be a demand for two hospitals in the city. In fall 2005, Providence partnered with Facey Medical Group to open the $47 million Santa Clarita Medical Plaza, an outpatient facility at the high-profile corner of Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway, down the street from Newhall Memorial. Providence Holy Cross, which Carmody said is full every day, is undergoing a $143 million expansion to a total of 390 beds. But that’s not enough. Providence is the third-busiest trauma center in Los Angeles County. Two years running, Healthgrades.com rated Providence in the top 5 percent nationwide based on clinical outcomes. Healthgrades assesses hospital quality annually and publishes hospital ratings online. “We believe our 390 beds will be pretty much full in five years,” Carmody said. “Twenty percent of our new beds are being built for Santa Clarita residents.” [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!