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Do Adults Need a Measles Shot?

Posted on Mar 18, 2019 in Scroll Images, Uncategorized, Wellness

SAN FRANCISCO – Measles, which authorities thought was eliminated as a public health threat in the United States in 2000, has re-emerged in increasing numbers this winter. Through March 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 268 individual U.S. cases—73 of them in Washington state, in a community where only 78 percent of the school-aged population is vaccinated.

By comparison, the CDC reported a total of 372 cases of measles during 2018.

In California, this year’s CDC figures include five Bay Area residents (three adult, two pediatric) in Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Santa Cruz counties who have contracted measles. Two of these cases were contracted from another person on an airplane flight.

In the past, many thousands of Americans developed measles each year. Many would die, and many more would develop complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis.

“We have fewer deaths now because of the vaccine—and only because of the vaccine,” says Jeffrey Silvers, M.D., Sutter Health’s medical director of Pharmacy and Infection Control.

Measles is a ferociously contagious disease: The number of cases one case generates on average over the course of its infectious period is 10 to 18, compared with two or 3 for influenza.

“The only treatment for measles is prevention,” says Dr. Silvers. “Vaccination keeps you from developing the disease but also from spreading the virus. When immunization lags, outbreaks can occur. After all, many people move to America from countries without immunization programs, and global travel in general increases the chance of measles spreading to vulnerable populations.

“The vaccine works well. Two doses are about 97 percent effective at preventing measles. One dose is about 93 percent effective.”

So do you need the vaccine now if you received it as a child?

Two doses of the vaccine are required for people embarking on international travel, says Dr. Silvers—and for healthcare workers as well as people who received the inactive vaccine used from 1963 to 1967.

“Everybody else only needs one dose,” he says. “If you have been properly vaccinated, you don’t need to get it again.

“But if you received the vaccine as a child during the early to mid-1960s, you should discuss with your physician the possibility of receiving it again.”

Teacher saved by liver transplant helps open S.F.’s newest hospital

Posted on Mar 15, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Quality, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – Among the dignitaries who recently gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting marking the opening of California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital, stood a man who was grateful to attend the ceremony for a very personal reason: He almost didn’t survive to see it.

Jennifer Guy, M.D., director of the CPMC Liver Cancer Program with patient Richard Shapiro.

Nearly two years ago, San Francisco resident Richard Shapiro received a life-saving liver transplant at CPMC, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network. After several decades of living with the hepatitis C virus, the Lowell High School physics teacher’s liver function was being monitored closely by CPMC liver specialists. In 2014, a follow-up on a suspicious MRI scan revealed a liver tumor. The tumor was successfully removed, but subsequently, his liver function declined and he needed a liver transplant to save his life. After two years on the organ transplant wait list, a donor liver became available. In May 2017, he received the liver transplant that saved his life.

Shapiro feels extraordinarily lucky to have received his transplant surgery at CPMC and says his survival is “a miracle which is the result of the skills, the dedication and the humanity of an amazing liver transplant team working within the Sutter Health network of care.” He is thankful to the dozens of caregivers at CPMC who kept him healthy enough long enough to receive a liver. Says Shapiro, “That’s part of the miracle; the fact that I continue to have the opportunity to do what I love to do—which is to teach physics to the profoundly wonderful students at Lowell.”

Two years post-transplant, he has completely recovered and has returned to his normal activities, including teaching and walking his Potrero Hill neighborhood with his dog.

Shapiro’s participation in the hospital ribbon cutting is a powerful reminder of the primary importance of patients at Sutter and CPMC: our patients’ health is at the heart of what we do every day.

The Heart of CPMC Van Ness: Successful Teamwork

Posted on Mar 7, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – A new video is spotlighting the excitement and amazing teamwork behind the opening of California Pacific Medical Center’s (CPMC) new Van Ness Campus hospital in the heart of San Francisco. The video features behind-the-scenes footage of staff and physicians as they work together to safely carry out the carefully choreographed move by ambulance of more than 170 patients. Those patients include adult cancer patients and fragile preemies from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), who were transported over two days from the Pacific and California campuses to the new hospital.

“We are absolutely excited for our patients,” says oncology nurse Ann Su, R.N.

 

 

“We’re moving close to 30 [NICU] babies today,” says CPMC director of neonatal outreach, Christopher Retajczyk, M.D. “It has been an amazing experience. It’s been happening with military precision.”

Fifteen years in the making, the new CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital merges advanced technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches – such as private rooms – to support the highest quality care. The facility represents a milestone community investment in the health of San Francisco. The state-of-the-art facility, featuring 11 floors and all private rooms, houses inpatient services with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care, among other primary care services. Every detail of the new hospital is geared toward creating an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches continue to be the norm.

 

New Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital Opens its Doors in the Heart of San Francisco

Posted on Mar 2, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images, Uncategorized

15 years in the making: new hospital merges advanced technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches – such as private rooms – to support the highest quality care

 

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco residents now have a modern new hospital at their doorstep as Sutter opened the doors to its new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital at 7 a.m. today.

 

The facility represents a milestone community investment in the health of San Francisco. The state-of-the-art facility, featuring 11 floors and 274 acute-care beds, houses inpatient services with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care, among other primary care services. Every detail of the new hospital is geared toward creating an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches continue to be the norm.

“For more than 150 years, it has 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.”

By weekend’s end, more than 200 patients will be transported by ambulance from CPMC’s Pacific and California campuses to the new hospital at 1101 Van Ness Ave. during two days of carefully-choreographed moves. By noon, a patient had already received a transplant at the new hospital and patients were being treated in the Emergency Department.

Centrally located along a major arterial thoroughfare

Formerly the site of the Cathedral Hill Hotel, CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital occupies an entire city block between Geary and Post streets along San Francisco’s bustling Van Ness corridor. Across the street from the hospital, a 9-story, 476,000 square-foot medical office building will provide outpatient services, emphasizing the benefit of Sutter Health’s integrated network and its dedication to easily accessible care. The two buildings are connected via an underground tunnel. The medical office building is slated to open in spring 2019.

By the numbers

The 274-bed Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital consists of close to one million square feet of acute care, diagnostic, clinical treatment and administrative space, which includes:

• 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
• All 274 patient rooms are private and feature exterior city or garden views, with an abundance of natural light
• 5 living roof gardens, including a public outdoor terrace

The hospital design incorporates a theme of natural materials and touchable artwork, and is focused on the well-being of patients, families and the surrounding community. Public spaces, including the main lobby and the Chuck Williams Café, are accessible via the main entrance on Van Ness Ave. The ambulance/patient drop-off area is located off-street under a covered alcove to minimize the impact to traffic. Parking for 435 vehicles is available beneath the building.

“Our new Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital will continue to deliver the kind of coordinated, patient-centered quality care that San Francisco expects and deserves from a Sutter facility – with safety, security and inclusive care being paramount with each visit,” said Vernon Giang, M.D., chief medical executive at CPMC.

Shaking things up: CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital makes history with advanced seismic technology

Not only is CPMC Van Ness Campus 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, which helps to reduce overall stress on the building itself. This will help the hospital to remain fully operational, with patient care being relatively uninterrupted even after a strong seismic event. The Van Ness Campus hospital incorporates 119 viscous wall dampers.

“In the event of a major disaster, CPMC Van Ness Campus is built to be self-sustaining for at least four days,” said Jim Benney, R.N., senior project manager for the hospital. “We’re prepared to continue regular operations with the support of three emergency generators, food and water.”

Healthy environments foster healthy people

Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification, the hospital was constructed and operates in an environmentally conscious way. Water-saving features include using captured rainwater for the hospital’s five rooftop gardens and high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures, which will save more than 3 million gallons of water per year.

CPMC Van Ness Campus uses 14 percent less power than the average U.S. hospital in part because 80 percent of patient rooms receive direct natural sunlight. LED bulbs generate more light at lower temperatures, creating less heat in areas like procedural and operating rooms. Additionally, our sophisticated filtration system allows the hospital to deliver 100 percent clean and fresh air.

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.

“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. “This hospital is the jewel of the CPMC system.”

Bells and whistles that help accelerate care

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

• 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.

Building a modern hospital beckons a bold design vision and collaborative execution

Imagined as the urban hospital of the future by SmithGroupJJR, the final $2.1 billion project achieves economic, environmental and social sustainability. The building exemplifies Sutter’s goal of connecting health and the community. Led by general contractor HerreroBOLDT, the Van Ness Campus broke ground in 2013 and opened earlier than similar hospital construction projects. This fast-tracked delivery was attributed to the team’s implementation of the Integrated Project Delivery process, which utilizes a cohesive design and construction approach that keeps costs down and predicts construction challenges ahead of time.

Connecting Health to Patients and the Community

Sutter’s CPMC campuses support more than 80 non-profit organizations whose work is deeply rooted in the community. The team collaborated with CityBuild Academy, Mission Hiring Hall, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and numerous other community-based hiring partners to optimize the construction process. Since 2013, the project injected 1,500 new construction jobs and more than $70 million in wages into San Francisco’s economy.

Nurturing patients extends beyond physical care. Patients of the new hospital can enjoy 755 unique and carefully chosen art pieces in a variety of different styles and mediums. Beautiful original paintings, vibrant photographs, art works created of wood, clay and metal bring color and beauty to the hospital’s walls and create a warm, inviting environment.

SF Mayor Cuts Ribbon on City’s Newest Hospital

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 in California Pacific Medical Center, Scroll Images

Hospital Opens for Patients Saturday, March 2

SAN FRANCISCO – Think of that moment when you are unwrapping a gift. The anticipation. The excitement. The ribbon unfurling is that last step before the big reveal. The same joy was felt this morning when state and local elected officials joined Sutter Health and California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) leadership in cutting the ceremonial ribbon on Friday, March 1 to celebrate the grand opening of the new 11-story, 274-bed CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital.

(L to R) Tony Wagner, chair of the Sutter Health Bay Area Board of Directors; Sarah Krevans, Sutter Health President and CEO; S.F. Mayor London Breed; Dr. Warren Browner, CPMC CEO; Hamila Kownacki, Chief Operating Officer

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assembly members David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), joined Sutter Health Bay Area Board Chair Tony Wagner, Sutter Health President & CEO Sarah Krevans, CPMC CEO Warren Browner, M.D., and CPMC Chief Operating Officer Hamila Kownacki onstage for the ceremony.

Said Mayor Breed, “Now, thanks to the work of many who are here today, we have this brand new acute care facility that will provide quality health care with…[an] expanded emergency department, key environmental sustainability features like the rooftop garden and the energy and water efficiency that will take place here and 274 new hospital beds in a building that is outfitted to meet earthquake safety standards.”

Also onstage and representing CPMC patients, Lowell High School physics teacher and liver transplant recipient, Richard Shapiro thanked the doctors and staff who continue to care for him. He said he is extraordinarily lucky to have received a transplant at CPMC and he believes his survival is a miracle—“a miracle which is the result of the skills, dedication and humanity of a fabulous liver transplant team working within the Sutter Health network of care.”

CPMC’s Van Ness Campus hospital represents a milestone community investment in the health of San Francisco. The state-of-the-art facility, featuring 11 floors and 274 acute-care beds, houses inpatient services with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care, among other primary care services. Every detail of the new hospital is geared toward creating an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches continue to be the norm.