New San Diego Medical Center features state-of-the-art technology and environmentally friendly design
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The new Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center opened to patients today. The 7-story, 617,000 square-foot hospital will provide care to more than 610,000 Kaiser Permanente members in San Diego.
Located in Kearny Mesa, the new hospital will complement Kaiser Permanente’s existing hospital on Zion Avenue in Grantville, as well as Palomar Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente’s plan hospital in North County.
Designed for cleaner, greener energy, the new hospital uses cutting-edge technologies to produce its own electricity, heat and cooling, create less greenhouse gases and save water. These innovations have earned the San Diego Medical Center certification as a LEED Platinum health care facility. The San Diego Medical Center also offers several areas specifically designed for respite, including more than 2 miles of landscaped walking paths in the healing garden and a meditation room.
The hospital features a 24-hour emergency department with 39 private treatment areas, 321 single-patient room capacity, and several new state-of-the art technologies to enhance the patient care experience. These features include virtual guardrails to aid in fall prevention, pain-level monitoring and caregiver alerts, to put the patient at the center of round-the-clock care.
“Every design and planning decision we have made since breaking ground on this medical center has been guided by providing an unparalleled patient care experience,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente San Diego. “Every patient will benefit from cutting-edge medical technologies, our integrated, model of expert care and most importantly, personal service.”
Rooms at San Diego Medical Center will have a 75-inch monitor that provide bedside access to on-demand education, room controls, room service, internet and entertainment. An integrated video-visit platform will allow physicians to virtually check on their patients as needed. Each room also features a special lighting system that mimics the natural rhythms of daylight, a feature that improves health and well-being.
Specialty services will include an intensive care unit, maternal child health services, pediatrics, emergency department, interventional radiology, vascular, thoracic and spine surgery, a robotics program, and neonatal intensive care unit.
“With nearly 1 in 5 San Diegan’s entrusting their care to Kaiser Permanente, our new hospital allows us to continue to bring access to quality health care where, when and how our patients want it,” said Michael Lalich, MD, area medical director and chief of staff for Kaiser Permanente San Diego.
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.