Posts made in May, 2011

Life in the Emergency Department

New ER Designed, Prepared to See 50k Patients Annually

On an ordinary morning in Mills-Peninsula Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Michael Bresler, M.D., and Robert Argand, M.D., prepare for their shift during a moment of relative calm before the storm. This newly opened Emergency Department at the new hospital in Burlingame has the capacity to accommodate 50,000 visits every year.

Michael Bresler, M.D. and Robert Argand, M.D., quickly diagnose and treat patients in the ER.

“To work in emergency medicine, you have to not be rattled by a very loud, confusing and chaotic environment where you never know what’s going to happen next,” Dr. Bresler says. “You have to be exhilarated by it.”

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New Mills-Peninsula Medical Center Now Open

102 Patients Moved to New State-of-the-Art Hospital

It was a historical moment – for some people, once in a lifetime – when the new 241-bed Mills-Peninsula Medical Center opened on Sunday, May 15, 2011. The $640 million, 450,000-square-foot hospital is located in Burlingame, California at 1501 Trousdale Avenue.

Beginning at 7 a.m., patients receiving care at the existing hospital were moved, one by one, to the adjacent, new hospital until all were comfortably relocated in their brand new rooms.

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Last and First Babies Born at Old, New Hospitals

Amidst a well-orchestrated transition of 102 patients from the old to the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center hospital, life went on and there were two historical debuts.

The last baby born at Peninsula Medical Center on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 9:12 a.m., was Matthew Deninger, born to William and Heanna Deninger. Matthew’s big sister was also born at Peninsula Medical Center in the very same room. “We are actually happy that Matthew was born in the old hospital because his older sister was born there,” said Heanna Deninger. “In fact, they were both born in the same room.” Read More

Mills-Peninsula Opens New Hospital on Sunday, May 15

Patients to be Transferred  from Existing Adjacent Hospital Beginning at 7 a.m.

After a decade of planning, the new 241-bed Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, California, will open on Sunday, May 15, 2011.

Beginning at 7 a.m., patients receiving care at the existing, adjacent hospital will be moved, one by one, to the new hospital until all are comfortably relocated in their brand new rooms.

Advance planning has been done to the last detail. The move to the new hospital has required hundreds of hours of staff training, for the move and for performing optimally from the first moment in the new facility. Read More

Mills-Peninsula Health Services Launches Health Blog

Mills-Peninsula Health Services (MPHS)  launched a new health blog in April 2011,  designed as a forum for engaging patients, their families and the community in conversations about health care, and to help promote health education and wellness through articles and tips from MPHS doctors, health experts and departmental staff.

“We are excited to have this new online forum to share health information in new ways and interact with the community through their article comments and sharing,” said Jill Antonides, MPHS director of marketing, communications and public affairs. We created the blog as another way to connect with the community, and because we believe that quality health information and education can help people be even more prepared to actively participate in their health care and wellness decisions.” The community can subscribe to the blog via an RSS feed and also join in conversation with Mills-Peninsula on Facebook and Twitter.

Read more about the new health blog.