March 6, 2017:    A major addition to the Emergency Department at Adventist Health’s Simi Valley Hospital recently opened.

The Thakkar Family Emergency Pavilion came with a $41 million price tag. Its opening was celebrated with a dedication ceremony on March 2.

An additional 5,500-square-feet were added to the emergency medicine services of the hospital, and the number of patient rooms increased from 10 to 18. The project also made possible a paramedic radio room, a two-bay triage area and a family room.

The Los Angeles Daily Times reports that the new pavilion was named after Simi Valley Hospital’s husband-and-wife medical team Dr. Kant Thakkar and Dr. Irma Harriman, who donated $1 million at the start of the fundraising for the project.

Other community philanthropy and Adventist Health financing provided the balance of the funding for the expansion.

Simi Valley Hospital is one of the 20 hospitals run by Adventist Health, a health care system spread over California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

In addition to its hospitals, Adventist Health runs 260 clinics, 15 home care agencies and seven hospice agencies, with a combined workforce of more than 32,900.

The system is affiliated with the Adventist Church.

Aerial view of Simi Valley – CC – Alfred Twu

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