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Add another ambitious hospital project to Orange County’s already packed healthcare pipeline.

Providence Mission Hospital last week announced the approval of a $712 million “integrated master expansion plan,” one which is expected to include a new patient care tower with state-of-the-art operating suites, cardiac catheterization labs, and nearly 100 private patient rooms.

The Mission Viejo hospital currently counts over 520 beds. It’s OC’s seventh largest hospital, and the largest in South OC.

The new tower will allow Providence Mission “to greatly enhance the neuroscience center of excellence, cardiovascular programs and maternity services,” officials say.

In addition, the hospital says that multi-specialty ambulatory surgery and health centers are part of the expansion plan, as are multi-specialty health centers in Rancho Mission Viejo and San Clemente that will offer high-acuity urgent care.

See next week’s print edition for more on the timeline for the expansion.

An injury kept Julia Argyros from attending the Sept. 10 Hope Gala, a black-tie event supporting cancer hospital City of Hope’s efforts in OC, but she and her family were still front-and-center for the festivities.

The philanthropist announced, via video message, a $25 million gift to City of Hope at the event, on behalf of her and her husband, George Argyros. The gala, headlined by pop singer Nick Jonas, raised an additional $2.3 million from others.

Notable attendees included former Governor Pete Wilson, Glaser Weil’s George Wall, and Lennar co-CEO Jon Jaffe, whose homebuilding firm (NYSE: LEN) provided $50 million for City of Hope’s recently opened cancer center in Irvine.

Officials note that the Argyros family has been a longtime supporter of City of Hope, with the Argyros Family Garden of Hope located on the hospital’s first campus in Duarte.

It’s not just medical facilities moving ahead in OC; there’s plenty of residential and mixed-use development in the works as well; see Katie Murar’s front-page story on Related California’s big plans to revitalize a 42-acre stretch of land in Santa Ana, on the opposite side of Sunflower Avenue as South Coast Plaza. A photo of the expansive development site is on page 22.

Irvine Co. is also looking to add to its base of housing, on land it owns in East Orange, near the intersection of Jamboree Road and Santiago Canyon Road, not too far from Irvine Lake.

Dubbed Orange Heights, the 1,180-home residential community will see groundwork begin this fall. Most of the housing there will be single-family detached residences.

The project’s been in the works for nearly two decades. In 2014, the project was significantly scaled down, with all approved development east of the SR-241 nixed to provide more open space on the Irvine Ranch.

Irvine Co. says that public trails are part of the development plans, and those trails will create the first direct connections between Irvine Regional Park and Peters Canyon Regional Park. See next week’s print edition for more on the project.

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Mark Mueller
Mark Mueller
Mark is the Editor-in-Chief of the Orange County Business Journal, one of the premier regional business newspapers in the country. He’s the fifth person to hold the editor’s position in the paper’s long history. He oversees a staff of about 15 people. The OCBJ is considered a must-read for area business executives. The print edition of the paper is the primary source of local news for most of the Business Journal’s subscribers, which includes most of OC’s major corporate and community players. Mark’s been with the paper since 2005, and long served as the real estate reporter for the paper, breaking hundreds of commercial and residential real estate stories. He took on the editor’s position in 2018.
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