Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica has finished construction on its new North Pavilion, a four-story, 150-bed inpatient facility, and is beginning a transition to the new building.

The completion of the 200,000-square-foot North Pavilion is the culmination of the first phase of a rebuilding plan after the original hospital was severely damaged in 1994 by the Northridge earthquake.

Hospital officials said Thursday, July 29th, that the new building would allow the hospital to remain fully operational in the event of a magnitude 6.8 earthquake.

A full transition to the North Pavilion, which will include hospital services such as critical care, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care and intensive care, is expected to be completed in the fall.

Official blessing of the North Pavilion will take place Thursday, September 23rd. Dedication events will be held the first week of October.

“The North Pavilion at Saint John’s will change the way we think about hospitals,” said Bruce Lamoureux, Saint John’s Health Center chief executive officer.

“The technological advances we’ve incorporated along with the attention given to patient comfort in the design of the facility will benefit our patients and the community greatly,” he said.

Phase Two of the rebuilding plan includes a four-story, 275,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment facility to be built on the site of the original hospital.

Construction of the second phase is scheduled to be completed in 2008.

Saint John’s Health Center has operated as a Santa Monica community hospital for six decades.

Information, (310) 829-8909.