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New Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital Rises

The new Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital has been quickly rising in recent weeks. Since October, it has grown from a block-long hole in the ground hidden by construction fencing to an eight-story tower stretching high above the street.

Zeke Triana, AIACranes standing 200 feet tall hoist giant beams from trucks arriving daily with fresh supplies of steel. Piece by piece, the beams are lowered into place, framing the profile of the new nine-story community hospital that is expected to be ready for patients in 2026.

“What we see today are the steel columns and beams that form the structure for the hospital and the floors of the hospital; we're seeing it literally come out of the ground,” said Zeke Triana, AIA, vice president of Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at Cedars-Sinai. “It brings me a lot of joy because I've been involved with the planning of this since Day 1.”

The new building will replace the current two-story hospital that has been serving the community for more than 50 years. The new hospital will have an expanded emergency department, additional private patient rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms, cardiac catheterization and gastroenterology labs, and interventional procedure suites to treat patients with complex needs, such as treatments for strokes and other image-guided interventions.

The design plan reflects the natural environment of the marina. Different colored glass on the hospital’s façade will create subtle waves. Those curves and colors will flow into the lobby where a large staircase will guide visitors up to a surgical waiting area. Large windows will bathe the interior in natural light and make the hospital easier to navigate on the higher floors, Triana said.

“When you get up to the patient areas and the elevator opens, on one side you will have views of the marina, on the other side you will have views of the hills, and it'll be just a wonderful patient experience for everyone,” Triana said.

Hospital staff members have been eagerly watching the progress next door from the current hospital.Courtnay Caufield, DNP, RN

“They’re looking forward to everything from new top-of-the-line equipment to new linens—it’s a whole new care environment,” said Courtnay Caufield, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer of Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. “The care team members have been talking about not only the ability to deliver exceptional care, but they also are looking forward to the warm and open environment for themselves. We will have so much more space, including calm places to walk and take breaks, to get outside and appreciate the fresh air.”

At the construction site, workers bolt and weld beams and columns into place and prepare the tower for the mechanical systems—air vents and pipes—that will be hidden away behind ceilings and walls. Next, they’ll pour the concrete floors, and the glass façade will follow shortly after.

“As we've been practicing at our current facility every day, the nurses look up and see another steel beam or a level every day, and it’s saying, ‘This is really happening—we are moving,’” Caufield said. “This wonderful creation of a space that provides the ability to provide the care that our community deserves—we're all so excited—and it grows one beam closer every day.”

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