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California health system opens new medical centre

19 Aug 2012 (Last Updated August 19th, 2012 18:30)

Palomar Health in California, US, has opened the new Palomar Medical Center in northern San Diego County for patient care.

Palomar Health in California, US, has opened the new Palomar Medical Center in northern San Diego County for patient care.

The 11-storey, 288-bed acute care hospital offers inpatient care, rehabilitation services, surgical and interventional services, and emergency and trauma services.

The facility is expected to be expanded to a maximum of 650 beds.

Palomar Health president and CEO Michael Covert said, "Our goal was to create a uniquely flexible, future-oriented facility that would combine all of the principles that have been studied for many years to enhance the care and safety and well-being of patients and their families on one site, something that has not been effectively achieved on this scale anywhere in the country or the world."

The opening involved the transfer of 130 patients from the existing Palomar Medical Center in downtown Escondido to the new Palomar Medical Center.

The 740,000ft² facility features a green wavy roof, natural lighting, sustainable materials, an advanced surgery and procedures department with 11 operating rooms and four interventional radiology/cardiac catheterisation suites, expanded trauma and emergency services, and a secure wireless network.

"The building is an architectural and technological masterpiece, but our outstanding staff will bring it to life and ultimately fulfil the vision."

The new centre includes private patient rooms that are divided into staff, patient and hygiene zones. Alcove workstations outside of every room replace traditional centralised nursing stations.

Palomar Medical Center chief administrative officer Gerald Bracht said, "The building is an architectural and technological masterpiece, but our outstanding staff will bring it to life and ultimately fulfil the vision."

The original Palomar Medical Center will remain open under a new name, Palomar Health Downtown Campus, and will offer women’s, children’s, rehabilitation, behavioural health and minor injury/illness services.