El Camino buys land for new San Jose hospital

The El Camino Hospital Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to buy nearly 16 acres of land in South San Jose, with the goal of building a third hospital facility.

At the Jan. 13 board meeting, hospital staff announced the plans to buy up two undeveloped parcels of land in South San Jose on Santa Teresa Boulevard between San Ignacio Avenue and Great Oaks Boulevard. The hospital will acquire the land at a cost not to exceed $24.1 million, according to a staff report.

Ken King, the hospitals' chief administrative services officer, said it's been an "exhaustive" search to find new land for the hospital to expand, and that there are few options left for undeveloped land in the Bay Area. Between the Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses, King said a third location will allow El Camino Hospital to serve a greater number of patients who reside far from the existing facilities.

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