Turner begins construction on breast center in Laguna Hills

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California Construction News staff writer

Turner Construction Co. has started work on the $80-million Sarah & Taylor Nederlander Breast Center for the MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills.

The 40,000 sq. ft, three-story building is expected to open in 2023 and is being designed and built to streamline services dedicated to women’s health. The new center will allow MemorialCare to nearly double the number of patients served each year.

MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, a non profit medical center in Orange County announced at a ground-breaking ceremony, the Breast Center will officially be named Sarah & Taylor Nederlander Breast Center as a result of a $2.5 million gift from sisters Taylor and Sarah Nederlander of the Harry J. Nederlander Foundation.

“We grew up in south Orange County and have been personally affected by breast cancer, with people close to us being diagnosed and fighting courageous battles,” said Sarah Nederlander. “With our gift, we hope to ensure that, today especially, more women in our local community have access to advanced screening, treatments and care.”

The Women’s Health Pavilion will feature offerings not available in any other Orange County medical center, including the first integrated breast cancer clinic, transition retail shop for patients going through cancer treatment.

In addition, space for maternity tied to Saddleback Medical Center’s Women’s Hospital hospitalists and perinatologists will be featured in the Women’s Health Pavilion, along with a new education center.

Construction will incorporate sustainable materials, convenient parking, and an outdoor garden area for rest and respite, all designed as a haven for comfort and calm.

Christy Ward, MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Foundation President, oversees fundraising for the new Women’s Health Pavilion.

“We would like to extend our deep appreciation to our generous partners and donors, especially Sarah and Taylor Nederlander, for whom the Breast Center will be named. This important project will truly impact the future of women and their families in Orange County as we launch a new era in caring for women,” she said.

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