FAQs

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Why do we need a new hospital?

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The hospital was built in the 1950s and will not meet the State of California’s new seismic safety standards. State officials have set a January 1, 2025 deadline for the construction of a new hospital. If a new facility is not built, Antelope Valley Hospital will cease operations. If the hospital is forced to close, Antelope Valley will lose the only trauma center in our area, forcing critically injured patients to be transported out of town during the crucial moments of care that could mean life or death. Local leaders have launched a community-wide outreach effort to save the hospital and ensure people have access to care for generations to come.

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What happens if a new hospital is not built?

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Antelope Valley Hospital today serves a region of 500,000 people, providing them with access to highly trained nurses, doctors and high-quality patient care. If a new hospital is not built and Antelope Valley Hospital closes, the community would lose access to its only inpatient mental health care, pediatric unit, neonatal intensive care unit, and pediatric-approved emergency department. Losing these services would cripple the region and its future.

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Who would pay for the construction of a new hospital?

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A new hospital is estimated to cost between $600-650 million. The Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors has asked voters to fund a portion of the cost of a new Antelope Valley Hospital through a $350 million bond. The bond will be repaid by property taxes of approximately $40 per $100,000 of a home’s value. For a median priced home, this amounts to $10 per month. The remaining costs would be covered by private financing to ensure we get the best hospital at the lowest cost to taxpayers and the community. A local bond and taxpayer oversight committee would be established to ensure that all public funds are spent appropriately.

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How will a new hospital improve quality of care?

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The new hospital will include a redesigned emergency department that will provide greater patient privacy and reduce wait times. In addition, it will enable Antelope Valley to recruit and retain the best clinical professionals, ensuring you receive care from highly trained nurses and doctors equipped with the best technology. With plans for approximately 250 beds throughout the hospital, there will be greater capacity to serve patients and to meet our community's needs now and in the future. A new hospital will mean better care and an improved experience for patients and visitors.

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Where would a new hospital be built?

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A new hospital would be built on the west side of the campus between the Women & Infants Pavilion and the old Kmart shopping center on land owned by the Antelope Valley Healthcare District.

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What would happen to the existing building?

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The hospital’s architects and other experts will perform a study to determine options for either repurposing the current facility or demolishing it.

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Will there be opportunities for the public to have input regarding a new hospital?

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We will continue to host informational forums throughout the Antelope Valley for residents to ask questions and learn more. Additional information is available online at new.avhospital.org.