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CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center will double the size of its emergency department in the first phase of a $200 million multi- year plan to expand and modernize the hospital as it approaches its 100th year in operation.

The founder of CHA Health Systems, which purchased the hospital in 2004, said Thursday the project will “usher in a new era of healthcare in the community” while also fulfilling the state’s seismic safety mandate that all hospitals must meet by 2020.

Dr. Kwang Yul Cha said the first phase will involve construction of an entirely new, 26,000-square-foot emergency department with 26 beds rather than retrofitting the existing 11,000-square-foot structure, which has 20 beds.

Also included in Phase 1 of the master plan is a new 650-spot parking structure for patients, employees and visitors and an overall internal and external beautification of the hospital campus. In addition, the hospital will rebuild and relocate its kitchen and dietary department, which serves patients, visitors and employees.

Cha anticipates breaking ground in November on the parking structure, which should be completed by November 2017. Construction will then immediately begin on the new emergency department, with an anticipated completion date of fall 2019.

— Wire reports 

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