Voters approve new Peninsula hospital

Voters overwhelmingly approved construction of a new, state-of-the-art hospital and an accompanying 50-year contract between Mills-Peninsula Health Services and the Peninsula Health Care District, elections officials announced Tuesday night.

The count, which represented at least 95 percent of the vote, showed 27,074 voting yes and 2,088 voting no.

The public’s thumbs-up marked the last hurdle for the project to clear before construction could start.

It also marks the end of a six-year public process that included long meetings, legal challenges and construction cost increases.

“I’m just delighted,” Health Care District board member Dan Ullyot said. “This is a real good deal for the district.”

The San Mateo County Elections Office sent out more than 100,000 ballots to voters in Burlingame, San Mateo, Millbrae, San Bruno and parts of Foster City and South San Francisco early this month for Measure V, the special mail-in ballot on the hospital project.

Mills-Peninsula wants to build a $488 million hospital at 1783 El Camino Real to replace the existing hospital, which would not meet state-mandated seismic standards that must be in place by 2013. Mills-Peninsula will pay the district $1.5 million per year in rent, and the hospital will revert back to the district at the endof the lease.

Work is already under way on the facility’s 810-car parking structure, located at the corner of Trousdale Drive and El Camino Real.

Construction is slated to begin in September and the project should be finished in mid-2010.

tramroop@examiner.com

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