A hospital emergency room expansion plan aimed at shortening the time patients spend in the waiting room received the green light from the Fountain Valley Planning Commission Wednesday night.
Officials voted 3-0 in favor of Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center's proposal to add a 4,980 square-foot addition to the existing emergency department.
According to city staff, the addition would be located on the north side of the main hospital at 9920 Talbert Avenue, and will allow for outpatient services, inpatient services, administrative services and support services for the hospital.
The addition will consist of two triage rooms, five 'fasttrack' stations, a two-bay trauma suite and nine private patient rooms.
The proposed addition will be part of an overall emergency care facility renovation plan.
Commissioner Ron Walker voted in favor of the project and said that he “couldn’t disagree more” with a letter from a resident that said the project "does not add to the community.”
“I think that this facility adds to our community, and I’m proud to have that in Fountain Valley," Walker said.
Commission Chair Brad Gaston recused himself from voting because he lives within 500 feet of the area in question.
Spark of Knowledge
The Commission also approved a plan to establish a tutoring center at 10840 Warner Avenue, Suite 107.
Santa Ana resident Nhiem Dao submitted the petition to open “Spark of Knowledge,” a business which would offer small group instruction and homework assistance for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Dao's petition was approved 4-0.
Center hours would be 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The site will hold three classrooms and one office.
Commissioners also approved a plan from the to expand into a nearby suite.
According to city staff, the expanded area would provide five extra dressing rooms and two bathrooms for the center at 16149 Brookhurst Street.
Commissioners Carol Proctor and Michéle Jensen did not attend the meeting.