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Patients and Families Enjoy Greater Convenience, Access to Service at Tracy Care Center

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

Community Invited to Celebrate Sutter Facility’s First Year of Service at Open House

TRACY, Calif. – An open house is a time-honored, neighborly tradition. And as a long-time member of the community, Sutter Gould Medical Foundation is inviting residents from across the area to meet clinical care teams and tour the 47,000 square foot Tracy Care Center in celebration of the facility’s first year of high-quality service.

“Our number one goal was to enhance access to services through our Tracy Care Center, which offers greater convenience for our patients and families,” said Gary Zufelt, CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. “This campus, with the hospital and medical offices right across from each other, has become a real town square of healthcare. It also is a bird’s eye view into the value of Sutter Health’s integrated network—where doctors and nurses, along with other specialists and staff, closely work together to support those in our care.”

The public is invited to the Tracy Care Center at 445 W. Eaton Ave. on Jan. 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Visitors can meet with providers and tour the facility, which features a wide array of care services including dermatology, ear, nose and throat, endoscopy, nephrology, neurology, Ob/GYN, orthopedics, podiatry, primary care, pulmonology, and rheumatology. Other convenient services inside the care center include an urgent care center, imaging services with X-ray and ultrasound, a lab with blood draw stations and an injection/shot clinic. Refreshments will also be served at the open house.

“Our open house is meant to be a fun and informal way of connecting with those in the community, a community we are so proud to be a part of,” Steven Mitnick, M.D., chief medical officer for Gould Medical Group. “Healthcare is incredibly personal, and opening our doors and meeting with our neighbors one on one is our privilege. We are excited to show them all the different ways they can access the right care, in the right setting and at the right time on this campus.”

Tracy Care Center Fun Facts

In its first year of service, the Tracy Care Center had:

  • 22 doctors and 53 employees care for 28,414 patients during 128,404 visits
  • Taken 6,345 X-rays and 920 ultrasound images

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

Posted on Jan 15, 2019 in Expanding Access, Scroll Images

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

Smart hospital design merges advanced technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches – such as private rooms – to support the highest quality care

Grand opening on March 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco residents will have a modern new hospital at their doorstep. Sutter debuts its new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital on March 2, 2019. The facility represents a milestone community investment in the health of San Francisco and the first new hospital in the heart of the city in a generation. The state-of-the-art facility, featuring 11 floors and 274 acute-care beds, houses inpatient services with an emphasis on maternity care, pediatrics, orthopedics, 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 will continue to be the norm.

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.

“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.”

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 1 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, which incorporates a theme of natural materials and touchable artwork, 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, and parking for 435 cars 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

Viscous wall dampers at the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco make the facility seismically sound.

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.

The public rooftop garden at the new California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco.

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.”

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 also exemplifies Sutter’s goal of connecting health and the community. Led by general contractor HerreroBOLDT, the hospital broke ground in 2013 and is scheduled to open sooner than similar hospital construction projects. This fast-tracked delivery is attributed to the team’s implementation of the Integrated Project Delivery process. This utilizes a cohesive design and construction approach that keeps costs down and predicts construction challenges ahead of time, so they can be resolved without time-consuming delays.

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. The project has injected 1,500 new construction jobs and more than $70 million in wages into San Francisco’s economy since 2013.

Nurturing patients extends beyond physical care. When the new CPMC Van Ness Campus opens, patients will enjoy 755 unique and carefully chosen art pieces in a variety of different styles and mediums. Beautiful original paintings in oil and acrylics, vibrant photographs, art pieces created of wood and shaped from clay and metal, large prints bring color, light and beauty to the new hospital’s walls and help create a warm, inviting environment.

11 Things You Didn’t Know About One of the U.S.’s Largest Non-University Kidney Transplant Centers

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 in California Pacific Medical Center, Expanding Access, Quality, Scroll Images

1. The kidney transplant team at Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) transplanted its first kidney in 1969.

2. In March, the program will celebrate its 50th anniversary and move to its new home at the brand new CPMC Van Ness Campus.

3. More than 6,000 people have received life-extending kidney transplants at CPMC. That’s enough to fill 15 jumbo jets!

4. Not for profit Sutter Health’s CPMC is one of the largest non-university medical center transplant programs in the country. Over 200 kidney transplants are performed at CPMC annually, making it one of the largest kidney transplant centers in the western United States.

5. CPMC is a pioneer in kidney paired donation. In 2011, the program made history as the first California transplant program to perform five paired donor transplants in one day. A paired donor transplant is when someone donates their kidney on behalf of a loved one so the loved one can receive a compatible kidney from someone else.

6. A software developer/kidney transplant patient collaborated with his CPMC surgeon to create a groundbreaking software program, called MatchGrid, which allows people who are willing to donate their kidney to a friend or relative but are found incompatible to be paired with a matching patient.

 

 

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Sutter Health Unveils New Sacramento Senior Health Center

Posted on Oct 30, 2018 in Carousel, Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Transformation, Uncategorized

New PACE Facility to Triple Capacity, Expand Services for Sacramento County’s Growing Elderly Population

Cutting the ribbon for the new PACE Center are, from left, Sutter Health VP of Strategy & Business Development Phil Chuang; Sutter Valley Area Chief Medical Officer John Mesic, M.D.; City Councilman Jeff Harris; Sutter President of System Enterprises Rishi Sikka, M.D.; U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui; state Sen. Richard Pan, M.D.; and Sutter VP of External Affairs Keri Thomas.

With much fanfare, Sutter Health on Tuesday unveiled its new Sutter SeniorCare PACE Center, a 45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical and day center complex that will replace two older facilities and effectively triple the capacity for Sacramento County elderly residents.

The new complex, which is located off Richards Boulevard and opens in mid-December, will offer:

  • Dedicated space for the care of seniors with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive issues.
  • Eight medical exam rooms, a dedicated procedure room and a dentistry suite.
  • Arts and crafts space where seniors can express their creativity.
  • Large, secure outdoor recreation areas for exercise and gardening.
  • Indoor and outdoor physical and occupational therapy areas.
  • A beauty salon.
  • A library with computer and printer access.
  • And many other services that help area seniors stay active and remain in their own homes.

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Physician’s Longtime Free Flu Clinics Continue in Tracy

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized, Wellness

TRACY, Calif. — One of the longest-running free flu clinic programs in Northern California will continue this year with two opportunities for San Joaquin County residents at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, with the first once slated for Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Free flu vaccinations have been given in Tracy since the early 1960s, when longtime San Joaquin County obstetrician and medical leader Audrey Glover, M.D., saw a need in the community to prevent the spread of the disease during the flu season. Through the years, about 60,000 free flu shots have been administered to local residents.

“The flu was devastating during those early years,” said longtime friend Dan Schack, a Tracy engineer. “Dr. Glover felt there was a need to provide the vaccinations for free.” Read More

Sutter Health partnership provides a safe place for homeless after hospital discharge

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC), Sutter Health and Dignity Health have announced a partnership for a pilot program that will provide respite care for those experiencing homelessness who need a safe place to rest and recover after being discharged from the hospital.

The Haven House program, located in Woodland, will focus on providing a safe place for homeless individuals to recuperate after hospital discharge and getting them linked to wraparound services and resources. They will be able to stay at Haven House, which offers four respite beds, for up to 29 days. During their stay, YCCC staff will assist guests by working to connect them to services including health insurance enrollment, finding a medical home, substance use and mental health services and placement in permanent housing.

As part of the partnership, Sutter Health and Dignity Health together have contributed $10,000 for tenant improvements to the Haven House, as well as providing $60,000 each for the program’s first year. Read More