Posts made in June, 2010

Family Birth Center gains gardens, outdoor patio

You may not have believed it possible to improve the renowned Mills-Peninsula Family Birth Center, but come November when the doors of the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center open, a truly first-class birthing experience awaits: 

  • Spacious private rooms to accommodate your entire birth experience. Outside views – some overlooking gardens.
  • All rooms have 100 percent fresh air (no recycled air)
  • An outdoor patio area for mothers, families and visitors
  • Wireless monitors allow moms to walk outside their rooms without interrupting fetal heart rate monitoring
  • All rooms have sleep accommodations for family, refrigerator and large television
  • Special care nursery (neonatal intensive care unit) has six rooms with sleeper accommodations for family
  • Two C-section surgery and recovery rooms
  • State-of-the-art infant security system
  • Mom and baby stay together in the same suite

Come visit our new space before it opens. Public tours will be held on Nov. 20 and 21. More information about the tours is coming soon.

High-tech (and heavy) MRI loaded into new hospital

GE 3T MRI system

GE 3T MRI system

The largest piece of equipment in the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center was loaded into its new home via a construction crane this week.

Inserting the powerful, high-definition GE 3T MRI (magnetic resonance system) was quite a feat. The 3T MRI weighs 27,000 pounds (about the weight of three African elephants), according to Chris Ovlen, senior project manager for the hospital replacement team.

“It took about five hours to crane the magnet in to the building and roll it into the room,” Chris said.  “It took another four hours for the preliminary connections.”  Read More

Why our new hospital has a moat

A section of the 30-inch moat

In a major earthquake the entire new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center can move almost three feet in any direction. In fact, a 30-inch moat was built around the hospital to allow for that movement.

Here’s how it works.

The base isolators under Mills-Peninsula’s new hospital are made of triple concave bearings – picture two highly-polished dog dishes facing each other to enclose a puck-like bearing, which itself encloses a second, smaller bearing. When a major earthquake hits, the building slides on the bearings in a gentle motion independent of the shaking of the earth.

“At Richter scale magnitude 4, the base isolators become active and isolate the hospital from the effects of a greater than 4 quake,” Larry Kollerer, senior program manager, explains. “Post-quake the building weight resettles, driving the bearings back to center.”

Earthquake Protection Systems Inc. at Mare Island in Vallejo manufactured the friction pendulum bearings – the key components of the base isolation.

“We are the first hospital in California to use friction pendulum bearings,” Kollerer said. The technology has been used on other strategic Bay Area structures such as the International Terminal at the San Francisco International Airport, the new Benicia-Martinez Bridge and a section of the Bay Bridge.

How many hours does it take to build a new hospital?

With the help of Larry Kollerer, senior project manager for the hospital replacement project, we’ve collected some fun stats about the construction of the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. Exactly how many hours does it take to build a state-of-the-art medical center?

• An average of 308 people per day have worked on the construction site since ground was broken on Nov. 1, 2006. So far, the hours worked total more than 1.6 million.

• By the time the new hospital is complete, approximately 1,200 miles of data cable will be installed in the new facility. If this cable was stretched out in a straight line, it would run from Los Angeles to Dallas, Texas.

• Approximately 250,000 pounds of copper wire have been installed (6.5 million feet) to power lights and receptacles.

• More than 60 million pounds of concrete have been poured to construct the new hospital. That’s more than 1,500 truckloads.

• According to the April 16 edition of the San Francisco Business Times, the largest construction project currently on the Peninsula is the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center. Cost: $640 million.

Patient ceiling lifts raise the bar on safety

“In the new hospital we have installed equipment to make it very safe for patients, in all aspects of their care,” said Michael K. Wood, M.D., chief medical officer at Mills-Peninsula. “In the case of the electric patient lifts, we want to ensure that every patient feels safe and secure when they are being moved.”

The ceiling lift provides 360-degree movement and reaches 80 percent of the room. The sling is placed under the patient in the bed. To move a patient from the bed to a nearby chair or wheelchair, a caregiver attaches the sling to the lift, and with a press of a button, can begin the transport.

The patient lifts are also designed to protect the hospital’s health care workers by preventing strain injuries.