Imagine a six-story, 450,000-square-foot building gently riding out a major earthquake on a bed of steel bearings. As the earth beneath Mills-Peninsula’s new hospital shakes violently, the building itself will rise like a pendulum and sway.
If you go down under the nearly completed structure, you will see the bearing units sandwiched between the building and 171 columns that connect it to the ground.
“The hospital is actually sitting on these base isolators,” says Larry Kollerer, senior program manager for the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. “If you had a crane large enough, you could lift the entire building up into the air.” Read More about In major earthquake, new hospital one of safest in U.S.
Mills-Peninsula’s Behavioral Health Department, which provides mental health and chemical dependency programs, is gearing up for a move this fall to a brand new, expanded, state-of-the-art facility currently under construction at the Mills Health Center in San Mateo.
“We worked directly with the designers to create a very safe, open, light-filled space for our patients and their families,” says Dan Becker, M.D., psychiatrist and medical director.
It’s a landmark and a lifeline. The new, state-of-the-art Mills-Peninsula Medical Center opens its doors to the community November 2010, to replace the existing Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame. The inviting, people-friendly “campus” atmosphere is quickly taking shape as the region’s safest, most technologically advanced hospital – all designed to provide you with the highest quality care and comfort possible.
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Assemblymember Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, took a personal tour of the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center on Friday, May 7. Here’s what he said:
“This is very exciting. It’s a beautiful building, great for our community. My whole family has been coming to Mills-Peninsula for years, so I’m seeing this as my own health care future as well as our community’s – and the future looks bright!” ~ Jerry Hill, Assemblymember 19th District
If you’ve driven down El Camino Real on the Peninsula, no doubt you’ve caught sight of the largest construction project in the region. Here’s a look at what’s inside the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, opening to the community on Nov. 7:
- Advanced earthquake safety technology – called base isolation – allows the building to withstand an 8.5 quake and remain functional
- Six-stories, 450,000 square feet
- Electronic patient charting and wireless connectivity throughout the hospital
- State-of-the-art patient lift technology in every room for safety
- All private rooms – 241 beds
- No recycled air
- Emergency Department enlarged by 42 percent to accommodate 50,000 visits per year
- Family sleeping accommodations in all rooms
- Patient “room service.” Meals cooked to order and delivered at requested times
- Four meditation and healing gardens and plentiful walking trails
- Hospital is connected to an 180,000-square-foot doctors’ office building