Alta Bates Summit Medical Center held a ground breaking ceremony this week for its new 11 - story Patient Care Pavilion on the Summit Campus. This milestone marks the next generation in a 100 - year legacy of patient care in the greater Oakland community.
The ceremony was held Monday at 400 Hawthorne Ave., the former site of Samuel Merritt University's Bechtel Hall.
Nearly a decade in the making, this project includes 238 new, private patient rooms, a new Emergency Department and a new 1,000 - space parking garage - all designed to meet or exceed state seismic safety requirements.
The $350 million dollar project is funded completely by Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - with no cost to local taxpayers - as a commitment to health care in the greater East Bay.
This project merges state-of-the-art technology in a what they call a "calming and healing environment" that will continue Alta Bates Summit's 100-year tradition of providing quality patient care.
The new Patient Care Pavilion will become the focal point and the main entrance of the Summit Campus. The aesthetic of the building is representative of the health care within modern, transparent and technologically advanced in a calming and healing environment.
"We're extremely proud that we can bring this important addition to health care in our community and very fortunate to be able to build this project" said Kyle Hansen, the Assistant Administrator at Alta Bates Summit. "This is a positive and new element to our Summit Campus; one the entire community can benefit from in its state-of-the-art technology, family friendly and healing environment."
The project includes a new 250,000-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion with 238 private rooms that are family-friendly and offer panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, downtown Oakland and the neighboring hills. A team of patient care professionals helped design the rooms, the flow of patients throughout the pavilion and the integration and location of vital new technologies like electronic health record, patient monitoring and electronic registration.
The new 21,000-square foot Emergency Department will provide a new and improved location and entrance, replacing the current Merritt Pavilion main lobby. It will include 30 beds, is located adjacent to the new pavilion, is closer to critical care and surgery, is revamped to streamline patient flow and will enhance patient care.
"The Patient Care Pavilion will create 500 construction jobs and assures 2,000 health care jobs in Oakland," Hansen said. "Today celebrates our successes, our dedicated staff, our heritage and allows us to move forward in caring for our patients."
The project established a very early commitment to green design and sustainability by adopting the City of Oakland's initiative toward the Green Guide for Healthcare as well as surpassing many of the energy and power regulations set forth by the State of California. Hallmarks of the project include a demolished Bechtel Hall, energy efficient appliances, and more green space.