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North Pavilion Opens
On the weekend of December 4 and 5, 2004, Saint John’s staff members transported patients from the original Main Wing to the new North Pavilion, officially opening the hospital’s new inpatient facility.

Both during and following the move, staff made sure patients continued to receive the high quality care for which Saint John’s is known. Extra measures were taken to ensure patients and their families felt secure and comfortable in the new facility.

In particular, great attention was paid to one woman who was due to give birth. Shortly after being relocated to the McAlister Women’s Health Center on the 4th floor of the North Pavilion, she gave birth to a happy and healthy baby boy named Charlie. More than 62 years had passed since a Saint John’s patient gave birth outside of the Main Wing. Charlie was a popular patient and joyful reminder of the Health Center’s tradition of excellence.

Dismantling of Main Wing Scheduled to Begin
The move from the Main Wing to the North Pavilion signals significant change for the neighborhood and Santa Monica. The dismantling of Saint John’s Main Wing, which was erected more than 60 years ago by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and which was damaged during the 1994 Northridge Eathquake, will begin in February 2005. Deconstruction is expected to take up to four months, during which time precautions will be taken to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding neighborhood and to hospital patients.

  • The current fence, which is located on 22nd Street along the north side of the hospital campus, will remain in place and will be extended further west to shield the neighborhood from dust, debris and noise during the dismantling of the Main Wing.

  • The sidewalk side of the fence will be lighted to ensure neighborhood safety. Additionally, the fence will be painted to brighten the neighborhood.

  • As mandated by the City of Santa Monica, construction work will only take place between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekends. There will be no construction traffic or noise on Sundays.

  • To further beautify the neighborhood, Saint John’s will plant street trees on 23rd Street along the North Pavilion’s east side.

  • The construction hotline number is (310) 315-0071. Please call the hotline if you have questions or concerns about the construction project.

Construction of the W.M. Keck Diagnostic and Treatment Center is scheduled to begin in Summer 2005.

Parking Changes for Patients and Visitors
Removal of the Main Wing incurs changes to patient/visitor access to the hospital. Patients and visitors will enter the hospital using one of three entrances:

  • The Denney Court valet parking entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard will remain open. Outpatients will be discharged through Denney Court.
  • The Lot C valet parking entrance on Santa Monica Boulevard will remain open. Lot C provides convenient access to the North Pavilion and to the hospital’s South Wing. Inpatients will be discharged from the North Pavilion through Lot C.
  • Patients and visitors who wish to self-park are encouraged to use the Held parking structure, which is accessed off of 20th Street. Visitors parking in the Held structure will take the elevators to the ground floor and proceed to Denney Court.
  • With the opening of the North Pavilion, the patient drop-off/pick-up cul-de-sac on Arizona and 22nd Street was closed. The new fence on the north side of the hospital seals off access to the cul-de-sac.
    Cafeteria and Gift Shop Moved to South Win

The Cafeteria has been reestablished on the ground floor of the South Wing where the laboratory was housed before it moved to the North Pavilion last October. The facility will also provide a temporary Team Room for meetings and hospital gatherings. The Gift Shop is conveniently located nearby.

For more information, please call Saint John’s at (310) 829-5511 or visit the health center’s website at

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