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News Release: New Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital to Open in the Heart of San Francisco

First U.S. building to incorporate viscous wall dampers in case of “The Big One”


Jan 15, 2019, 16:06 ET

The new 1 million square-foot California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital, located at 1101 Van Ness Ave. at the intersection of Geary Blvd. in San Francisco (credit: Amanda Barnes, Southland Industries) (PRNewsfoto/Sutter Health)

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the 11-floor, 274 acute-care bed facility houses inpatient services, with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, orthopedics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care. Every detail is geared toward creating an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches will continue to be the norm.

“For more than 150 years, it’s been our privilege to serve every person who calls San Francisco home,” said Warren Browner, M.D., CEO of CPMC. “The opening of Sutter’s CPMC Van Ness Campus provides a new and conveniently located hospital for people living throughout the city and beyond.”

At close to 1 million square feet of acute care, diagnostic, clinical treatment and administrative space, the hospital occupies an entire city block along San Francisco’s bustling Van Ness corridor. Across the street, a 9-story, 476,000 square-foot medical office building (connected via an underground tunnel) will provide outpatient services, emphasizing the benefit of Sutter Health’s integrated network. It is slated to open in spring 2019.

By the numbers

  • 60 medical/surgical beds
  • 36 intensive care unit beds
  • 64 labor/delivery and postpartum beds
  • 35 neonatal intensive care unit beds
  • 6 antepartum beds
  • 25 pediatric beds
  • 8 pediatric intensive care unit beds
  • 16 operating rooms, including three dedicated to obstetrics
  • 30 post-anesthesia care unit beds
  • 38 exam/treatment rooms in the 24-hour emergency department, which consists of:
    • 31 adult treatment bays and 7 exam/treatment rooms that are dedicated to pediatrics
  • 274 patient rooms; private with exterior city or garden views and lots of natural light
  • 5 living roof gardens, including a public outdoor terrace
  • 435 parking spaces

Bells and whistles that help accelerate care

CPMC Van Ness Campus uses the latest technologies designed to reduce infection and increase efficiency.

  • AeroScout Hand Hygiene Monitoring technology leverages the hospital’s Wi-Fi infrastructure to automatically identify (via badges) when caregivers sanitize their hands.
  • The smart pneumatic tube system works like an underground freeway interchange to deliver medications, samples and supplies throughout the hospital swiftly, safely and securely. Badge-enabled containers keep contents secure, track information and reduce staff time spent transporting samples, supplies and medications between the laboratory, blood bank and pharmacy.

Shaking things up: Making history with advanced seismic technology

Not only is the hospital built to meet or exceed California’s stringent seismic laws, but the structure is the first in North America to incorporate innovative viscous wall dampers. Already used extensively in Japan, viscous wall dampers are designed to absorb strong movement during an earthquake. This will help it to remain fully operational for at least four days, with patient care being relatively uninterrupted even after a strong seismic event. The facility is prepared to continue regular operations with the support of three emergency generators, food and water.

A truly integrated healthcare network

The hospital serves as the hub for all consolidated inpatient facilities and outpatient services. When fully complete, the campus will knit together hospital and emergency services, affiliated medical offices and specialty outpatient services – including lots of parking in a tight urban setting.

“Thanks to being part of the Sutter Health integrated network, this new Van Ness Campus hospital was built with the most technologically advanced, patient-focused design details in mind,” said Dr. Browner. “Once open, it will serve as the jewel of the CPMC system.”

SOURCE Sutter Health

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