Press Release: 09.03.2020

McCarthy Healthcare Highlight: Loma Linda University Health

Healthcare Construction Loma Linda University Medical Center

While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed society not only the U.S., but the entire world, healthcare professionals and frontline workers have been stepping up to provide the needed care to support those affected. From emergency room doctors to nurses, to at-home care providers, these everyday heroes are working through difficult times, taking care of those in need and helping flatten the curve.

Among many other groups of essential workers, it’s important to remember the men and women on construction sites building the critical care facilities that allow our healthcare heroes to provide important services needed now more than ever. One example is on the Campus Transformation Project taking place at Loma Linda University (LLU) Health in Southern California.

National Resources, Local Expertise

With deep experience in the healthcare space, McCarthy has been on the campus since 2016, bringing to life two new facilities for Loma Linda Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. The 16-story medical center, which is currently the tallest building in San Bernardino County, will house 320 beds for adult patients, while the new pediatric tower will give Children’s Hospital a total of 373 licensed beds and offer 4,700 Loma Linda University students and 700 residents the opportunity to progress in their education.

Being within close proximity to major earthquake faults, McCarthy was tasked with ensuring these new facilities meet California’s strict seismic standards. McCarthy erected these structures atop 126 base isolators, each weighing nearly 10 tons, which were set in place to absorb any ground motion during an earthquake, helping to keep the large building as still as possible. McCarthy’s experience preparing for seismic events and focus on quality ensure the medical buildings will exceed local seismic requirements.

Loma Linda University Medical Center Base Isolator

Putting Patients First

As a community builder, McCarthy is always seeking ways to minimize disruptions and works closely with the client and community to make the construction experience beneficial for all stakeholders. As construction takes place outside of the operational Children’s Hospital, the McCarthy team collaborated with Dr. Kiti Randall, Director of Psychological Services for LLU Department of Pediatrics, to leverage state-of-the-art technology to introduce virtual reality-based therapy as a progressive medical treatment. Appropriately dubbed “Outside My Window,” Children’s Hospital patients can experience a safe and kid-friendly virtual therapy session that helps them understand the sounds and sights of construction happening outside of their windows.

"This adds an extra element of helping children undergoing treatment to ‘understand the noise,’” said Dr. Randall, who also explained the phenomenon “when noise becomes sound" can result in a better healing process and lead to less irritability.

Safety During Uncertain Times

McCarthy is regularly recognized as one of America’s safest large contractors. As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolved and continued to affect the community surrounding Loma Linda University Health, McCarthy quickly adapted and developed new best practices for maintaining the wellbeing of the workers on the jobsite. McCarthy worked closely with the teams on the ground by ensuring they were communicating and implementing the most up-to-date recommendations from the CDC; instating rigorous hygiene practices and daily healthcare check-ins; as well as working with trade associations and unions to ensure employees received the necessary benefits.

McCarthy's rich history with Loma Linda University Health began in the early 1980s, and since then, the company has served as the hospital’s lead builder through modernizations and transitions. We look forward to continuing to serve our friends at the Loma Linda University Health campus and helping the hospitals innovate as patient and community needs continue to evolve. The McCarthy team is honored to be working on such an impactful healthcare project that we hope will help heal and serve the community for years to come.

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