Adventist Health, a 19-hospital system based in Roseville, Calif., announced that it has signed a letter of intent with the Frank R. Howard Foundation to build a 25-bed replacement hospital in Willits, Calif.
Adventist Health plans to build replacement hospital
Adventist Health, which leases the existing Howard Memorial Hospital, will provide $58 million to build its replacement and will lease the land where the new facility will be located, Adventist spokeswoman Rita Waterman said.
The new hospital campus will contain an 8-acre garden that will provide organic produce for the hospital. It will be irrigated with help from a solar-powered pump. The hospital will be constructed along specifications set by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, according to the foundation's Web site.
The facility has it roots in a 1927 gift from Charles S. Howard, owner of the famed racehorse Seabiscuit, who donated money to build a hospital in Willits after his 15-year-old son was in a car accident in a rural area outside the community and died when there was no hospital nearby to treat him, according to the Web site. The Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital opened in 1928 and, in 1966, the foundation was established as the owner of the hospital.
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