Kaiser Permanente Downey Adds 72 Beds, Becoming One of the Largest Hospitals in Southeast Los Angeles
The hospital expansion brings the total bed count to 424 beds, with new patient rooms, technology, operating rooms – total square footage is now over 823,000 sq. ft.
Downey, Calif. – June 1, 2022—Kaiser Permanente leaders, elected officials, Chamber of Commerce leaders and community partners celebrated the opening of Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center‘s new North Tower recently. The North Tower expansion adds 72 telemetry beds, two operating rooms, interventional radiology, and a dedicated Emergency Department entrance to the existing 352-bed hospital, which opened in 2009. This brings Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center’s bed count to 424 beds and 16 operating rooms. This expansion also brings the total square footage of the hospital to more than 823,000 sq. ft.—making Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center one of the largest hospitals in Southeast Los Angeles County and within Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
A North Tower Open House event on May 23 included a ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the new patient rooms, post-recovery rooms, and the new garden and open spaces for patients and families. More than 90 people were in attendance to commemorate this monumental occasion.
“For the past two years, I’ve seen and heard how much the pandemic impacted Downey and the community, and this opening marks an important milestone in our mission to care for our patients and the communities we serve,” said Payman Roshan, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center. “Opening the North Tower enriches the excellent care and experience our physicians and staff provide to our patients every day.”
“I am proud to be part of an organization where physician-led medicine puts patients first and at the center of their care,” said J. T. Lee, MD, area medical director, Southern California Permanente Medical Group - Downey. “We are thrilled to be opening this tower and soon admitting our first patients because we know it will be an asset to the Downey community and beyond.” Many of the spaces in the new North Tower are focused on enhancing the patient’s health care experience. The rooms have 75-inch televisions that provide entertainment and allow the patient and their family to communicate with the care team from their room. The nursing stations are right outside the patient rooms so that the care team is close by. Outdoor terraces bring in natural light and fresh air to encourage healing and serenity. Further, the healing garden and its water feature offer a sense of calm to patients and visitors.
Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center began admitting patients on the 4th floor of the North Tower on June 1.
For more information, click here to view the virtual tour of the new facility.