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KDC Joins March LifeCare to Develop Medical Complex

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KDC, a national real estate development and investment company with a strong healthcare division, and March HealthCare Development have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a medical complex on the former March Air Force Base in Riverside County.

Nathan Golik, senior vice president and leader of KDC’s medical development division, is overseeing the venture on behalf of KDC. “We are constantly evaluating opportunities to partner with hospital systems to provide capital and development expertise in this rapidly changing healthcare climate,” said Golik. “March LifeCare’s business model fits our strategy and will provide healthcare to an underserved market and redevelop one of California’s most recognizable decommissioned military bases.”

“It is a real pleasure to welcome KDC to our quality partnership in Zone 1, which will be the anchor for America’s first medical city,” stated Don Ecker, March LifeCare founder and chairman.

“KDC will become a key part of our integrated healthcare delivery system, and it has been a pleasure to work with an organization that is proactively addressing the changing healthcare landscape,” said Phil Dalton, chair of March LifeCare Medical Ventures. He added that many hospital providers are looking at alternative models to finance their real estate needs, which is evidenced by the fact that 37 percent of hospitals in Southern California are owned by private equity, according to the Hospital Association of Southern California.

The master-planned March LifeCare medical complex will be constructed on the former March Air Force Base, located just east of Riverside on Interstate 215, which was decommissioned in 1996. The March Joint Powers Authority (JPA), a commission that represents the county and the adjoining cities, has been overseeing the redevelopment effort. In July 2010, March HealthCare Development broke ground on the new medical complex during a ceremony that included the demolition of the 16 remaining structures at the former base.

Plans for the $3.3-billion March LifeCare medical complex will include a wide range of health care services. KDC is partnering with March HealthCare Development to construct Zone 1, considered the gateway to the campus, and the first of 11 zones. Zone 1 encompasses 35-acres and is entitled for 1.2 million square feet of building space with 2,900 parking spaces. It will include general and specialty hospitals, medical office buildings, outpatient services and an ambulatory surgery center.

Once the 11 zones are complete and the project is built out, the March LifeCare medical complex will encompass 236 acres and will house approximately 6 million square feet of health care related development, including a 550-bed hospital, medical buildings, a hotel, retirement community, centers of clinical excellence, ambulatory care facilities, a hotel, retail and training facilities.

KDC, March HealthCare Development and Riverside Medical Clinic are partnering to incorporate a quality hospital “operator” as they design an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) including health plans that currently contract with Riverside Medical Clinic, a March LifeCare partner. Dr. Steve Larson, Riverside Medical Clinic chairman and CEO, said that the announcement of the ACO and hospital operator will become a critical part of University of California, Riverside Medical School’s desire to open in 2012.

Jim Wrightsman, KDC vice president said, “This opportunity is one KDC aggressively pursued and we look forward to being a part of the greater Riverside community’s growth.”

“Our staff has had a productive working relationship with the KDC team when they built Intellicenter in the Meridian Business Park, and we look forward to working with them as they team with the March LifeCare Development,” said Lori Stone, March JPA Executive Director. “We know this partnership will bring much needed economic development, health care services and high-paying jobs to the March area and is an excellent example of redevelopment in action.”

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