Well, the first answer is that we don’t have a choice! The State of California has mandated that all hospitals meet earthquake safety standards as established by the year 2030 – which means we must begin raising the necessary funds for a new medical center. If the Catalina Island Medical Center cannot meet the seismic standards by 2030, it will close.
If that wasn’t reason enough, there’s a great need in our community. The small hospital that opened in 1960 is now serving a population of over 4,500 residents and 1 million visitors every year – more than four times the number it was built to serve almost 60 years ago! New facilities are sorely needed to serve the current needs of our community, and the loss of our island hospital could result in a catastrophic loss of tourism revenue for local businesses.
The new medical center will include private rooms, an operating room, infusion therapy, a fitness facility, digital mammography, and more – enhancing care for the residents and visitors we serve.
To learn more, read our in-depth Q&A with CIMC CEO Jason Paret.