December 2, 2013

Fontana among most architecturally impressive hospitals

Following a recent renovation, Fontana Medical Center in Southern California has been named among the world’s “30 Most Architecturally Pleasing Hospitals” by OnlineMastersInPublicHealth.com. The organization is an online resource for consumers to compare information about public health master’s degree programs. Its editors worked with a professional architect to select their top 30 choices out of a pool of about 200 hospitals.

Kaiser Permanente Fontana was ranked No. 4 overall in a list that featured just 18 U.S. hospitals.

Renovated to comply with new rigorous seismic safety laws, the updated Fontana Medical Center opened in May 2013 with a new 314-bed hospital tower replacing an existing hospital on the medical center campus. The new construction included a 24-hour emergency department with 51 private rooms, a 24-hour pharmacy, all private patient rooms with plenty of space for families and visitors, a healing garden and patio café.

Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center lobby interior

Built with both people and the environment in mind, the facility’s green features include eco-friendly wall coverings and flooring, furniture and fixtures that use fewer toxic chemicals, energy-efficient lighting, electrical and plumbing systems, and abundant use of natural light and views of the outdoors.

All of these features in a “sleek and polished environment” earned the spacious new hospital its spot among the “new generation of medical facilities … changing the face of the hospital, literally,” according to the OnlineMasterInPublicHealth.com story.

As the first of Henry J. Kaiser’s hospitals to open in Southern California, the Fontana Medical Center has always had a special place in Kaiser Permanente’s history. The modest, single-story hospital opened in 1943 at the Kaiser Steel Mill in Fontana to serve steelworkers and their families.

What was once an 85-bed hospital with five physicians is today a modern teaching hospital with 500 physicians and 4,400 support staff serving Kaiser Permanente members throughout San Bernardino County.