Structure Type: built works - public buildings - hospitals

Designers: Lee, Burkhart, Liu, Incorporated (firm); Erich Burkhart (architect); Jason Haim (architect); Douglas Hudson (architect); Michael Kim (architect); Kenneth Lee (architect); Kenneth S. Liu (architect)

Dates: constructed 1955-1955

1600 West Avenue J
Lancaster, CA 93534-2814

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Two local bond issues passed in 1953 and 1954 raised one-third of the money needed to erect the Antelope Valley Hospital. The Hospital Survey and Construction Act (also known as the Hill–Burton Act), a Congressional bill designed to assess and improve the nation's hospital system, led to the appropriation of $220,189 from the Federal Government to pay for the Antelope Valley facility. The State matched this. The second local bond issue enlarged the planned hospital, from 41 to 86 beds, adding $350,000 to the funding. This first construction campaign ended with the building's dedication on 10/12/1955.

A further enlargement plan in 1958, to add 164 new beds, led to a bond issue in 1958 that failed. An additional grant of $1,175,272 in Hill Burton funds occurred in 1959, however, allowing the Antelope Valley Hospital District to build a new surgery department, delivery room, laboratory, emergency department, expanded pharmacy, and a new south wing with 63 more beds. Another wing was added in 1974-1975 when the district funded a new Intensive Care-Coronary Care Unit, special procedures room, surgical recovery room, and progressive care area; this new wing raised the number of beds to 184 when it was dedicated on 10/12/1975. The new Outpatient Treatment Center opened in 1983. The 169,000-square-foot "Tower of Progress" appended to the original hospital's west facade opened on 10/12/1988. It cost $34,642,800 and raised the number of beds to 260, ten more than was hoped for in 1958. The hospital opened its Women and Infants Pavilion in 2006.

PCAD id: 1234