Valley Presbyterian Hospital has announced that it received a $250,000 grant from the Henry L. Guenther Foundation, which will go toward the hospital’s $8.4 million project to expand its emergency department.

The independent Van Nuys hospital said Monday that it received a portion of the grant in February and will receive the remainder in January.

The project includes the addition of 14,505 square feet and 10 patient beds as well as the renovation of patient and clinical areas throughout the emergency department. Construction for the project commenced in the fall and should take approximately three years to complete.

“We are deeply honored to receive this grant from the Henry L. Guenther Foundation,” said Pegi Matsuda, president of the Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation and former publisher of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. “The foundation’s generous funding and support of our emergency department renovation and expansion project is instrumental in helping us to serve the critical health care needs of the community’s most vulnerable patients now and in the future.”

Based in Los Angeles, the Henry L. Guenther Foundation is a nonprofit that supports the improvement of social conditions through contributions to schools, hospitals and the like.

Valley Presbyterian’s emergency department, which serves more than 66,000 patients a year, will remain open and fully operational during construction.