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First phase of medical center expansion begins

Groundbreaking was held recently at the future home of the Diagnostic & Treatment Center at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

The 95,000-square-foot project is part of a three-phase, 20-year expansion of the medical center that the city council approved in May, according to a statement on the city’s website.

That expansion will eventually add more than 1.1 million square feet of medical service space to the medical center, which today occupies 30 acres, located at 27200 Iris Ave. The project will enlarge the 100-bed hospital to 4690 beds.

“Healthcare is a growth industry and it creates good jobs,” Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez said in the statement. “We congratulate Kaiser Permanente and welcome its long-term vision and commitment to Moreno Valley.”

Kaiser Permanente expects to add 4,000 healthcare jobs during the 20-year project, according to the statement.

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