Torrance Memorial Medical Center opens new $450M patient tower

Clinical staff and hospital volunteers have moved approximately 150 Torrance (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center patients into the hospital's new seven-story Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower.

The 390,000-square-foot tower includes 256 private rooms, 18 surgical and interventional treatment rooms and corridors connecting it to the existing 401-bed hospital. The tower also includes lounges and overnight spaces for patients' families and a hybrid operating room, which is double the size of a traditional OR and offers surgical and interventional procedures.

Torrance Memorial raised more than $130 million toward the $450 million tower, which includes a $50 million donation from Melanie and Richard Lundquist. As for the additional funds used to construct the tower, Craig Leach, president and CEO of Torrance Memorial, says, "We saved money over many years to help pay for the tower, and we also borrowed $200 million that will be paid off during the next 30 years." 

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