MODESTO, Calif.Kaiser Permanente opened the new Modesto Medical Center on Oct. 1. The 670,000 square-foot, $430 million hospital incorporates environmentally friendly design to reduce energy costs and improve patients and staffs well-being. The 224-bed hospital has one of the largest installations of permeable pavement in the nation, allowing rain to filter through the parking area into the ground to recharge groundwater levels and filter chemicals from run-off. Solar rooftop panels generate electricity, lighting the hospital parking lot. Environmentally friendly rubber flooring and PVC-free carpeting are installed throughout the facility.
IRVINE, Calif.Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center was scheduled for closure on Jan. 15, 2009, a few weeks before Tenet Healthcare Corp.s lease expires, the for-profit, Dallas-based hospital chain announced. HCP, the real estate investment trust that owns the 176-bed hospital, made a deal in July to lease the facility to 417-bed Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, Calif. The hospital will reopen sometime in 2010 after renovations, a spokeswoman for Hoag Memorial said. Tenet will shutter the facility, including the emergency department, in mid-January in order to meet its lease agreement with HCP, a Tenet spokesman said.
SAN FRANCISCOThe University of California board of regents has unanimously approved a $1.69 billion hospital project in San Francisco. The 289-bed hospital, in the planning stages since 2002, will be built on 14½ acres in the citys Mission Bay area, south of downtown and in the heart of a rapidly expanding 43-acre biomedical research hub. The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay will house three specialty hospitalsfor children, women and cancer patientsand is expected to break ground in 2009 and open in early 2014. The 183-bed childrens hospital will provide emergency and urgent care, and pediatric cancer care. The womens hospital will have a 36-bed birthing center and provide inpatient and outpatient care, and specialty surgeries. The 70-bed cancer hospital will expand UCSFs current cancer treatment programs. The $1.69 billion price tag is just for this first phase of the project. The UC system is financing the medical center through a $600 million fundraising campaign led by local civic leaders, hospital reserves, debt financing and state support. The regents approved the projects design, budget and environmental certification, and in December structural plans will be submitted to the state for approval. It will be the third major clinical site for UCSF patients.