Pomona, CA… The Casa Colina Hospital staff of nurses, therapists and physicians that were tending patients early on the morning of Sunday, June 12, 2005 weren't worried when they felt the long rolling motions of an earthquake at 8:41 a.m. This is probably because the new acute rehabilitation hospital is one of the only health care facilities in the region that completely meets required seismic upgrades as mandated by SB1953.
Stated Nada Karaky, CNA at Casa Colina Hospital who was with a patient during Sunday morning's quake, "We did feel a wave back and forth, but there was no damage to the hospital and everyone was very calm. It was comforting to know that our new hospital was built to resist the destruction that an earthquake might cause." Dr. David Patterson, Casa Colina Hospital's Medical Director said after the quake, "We are thankful and relieved that our hospital is the first in the area to be compliant with SB1953 - it gives a secure feeling to patients, their families and our staff and this past weekend was a reminder that we are as protected as we can be during an earthquake."
Casa Colina's Board of Directors authorized the state-of-the-art rebuilding of the hospital in 1999 when they approved a massive campus renovation and reconstruction of its 20-acre rehabilitation campus. The decision for renovation was made due to an increased demand for Casa Colina services as well as the necessity to seismically upgrade the hospital facility. The 78,000 sq.ft., 68-bed hospital was opened on March 5, 2005 and replaces the previous hospital facility that was originally opened in 1960. The cost to build the new hospital is estimated at $26.6 million while the entire campus renovation project is estimated at $54 million.