Alta Bates Summit Medical Center held a ground breaking ceremony this week for its new 11-story Patient Care Pavilion on the Summit Campus. This milestone marks the next generation in a 100-year legacy of patient care in the greater Oakland community.
The ceremony was held Monday at 400 Hawthorne Ave., the former site of Samuel Merritt University’s Bechtel Hall.
Nearly a decade in the making, this project includes 238 new, private patient rooms, a new Emergency Department and a new 1,000-space parking garage - all designed to meet or exceed state seismic safety requirements.
The $350 million dollar project is funded completely by Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - with no cost to local taxpayers - as a commitment to health care in the greater East Bay.
This project merges state-of-the-art technology in a what they call a "calming and healing environment" that will continue Alta Bates Summit’s 100-year tradition of providing quality patient care.
The new Patient Care Pavilion will become the focal point and the main entrance of the Summit Campus. The aesthetic of the building is representative of the health care within – modern, transparent and technologically advanced in a calming and healing environment.
"We're extremely proud that we can bring this important addition to health care in our community and very fortunate to be able to build this project" said Kyle Hansen, the Assistant Administrator at Alta Bates Summit. "This is a positive and new element to our Summit Campus – one the entire community can benefit from in its state-of-the-art technology, family friendly and healing environment."
The project includes a new 250,000-square-foot Patient Care Pavilion with 238 private rooms that are family-friendly and offer panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay, downtown Oakland and the neighboring hills. A team of patient care professionals helped design the rooms, the flow of patients throughout the pavilion and the integration and location of vital new technologies like electronic health record, patient monitoring and electronic registration.
The new 21,000-square foot Emergency Department will provide a new and improved location and entrance, replacing the current Merritt Pavilion main lobby. It will include 30 beds, is located adjacent to the new pavilion, is closer to critical care and surgery, is revamped to streamline patient flow and will enhance patient care.
"The Patient Care Pavilion will create 500 construction jobs and assures 2,000 health care jobs in Oakland," Hansen said. "Today celebrates our successes, our dedicated staff, our heritage and allows us to move forward in caring for our patients."
The project established a very early commitment to green design and sustainability by adopting the City of Oakland’s initiative toward the Green Guide for Healthcare as well as surpassing many of the energy and power regulations set forth by the State of California. Hallmarks of the project include a recycled demolished Bechtel Hall, energy efficient appliances, and more green space.
Today is the first game of the 2010 World Series and I hope you're as excited as this blogger is. To you Texans from the DFW Metroplex, welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area. (For those of you who don't know, "DFW Metroplex" refers to the metropolitan area that includes the two large cities of Dallas and FTWorth Texas, with Arlington in the middle, all served by DFW Airport.)
Here's some tips for you visiting Texans. (And a special welcome to anyone who attended the University of Texas At Arlington, where my undergrad degree was earned before going to Cal Berkeley for my Master's Degree In City Planning.)
Now, this: the San Francisco Giants are going to kick The Texas Rangers ass. Cliff Lee doesn't stand a chance against two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum. Still, it's a dream match-up. Here's my tips for enjoying your stay.
First, don't rent a car. I don't mean to take money out of their pockets, but you don't need a car to get around San Francisco. Take a cab. Use Yellow Cab. DO NOT USE the white LUXOR CAB - their service is awful. Yellow Cab's the best in San Francisco. Period. Also, use a limo and transportation service. I recommend San Francisco's Bauer's Transportation at 1-800-LIMO-OUT.
Second, there are a lot of restaurants in San Francisco and everyone has their favorites. Next to AT&T Park is Momo's Restaurant on the corner of Second and King Street - you can't miss it. The pastas and steaks are good as are the cocktails, but get there five hours before the game - it's going to get packed. Plus, forget reservations. Too late for that.
There's also 24 Restaurant, also right at the Ballpark. If you can't get in to Momo's, go here.
My favorites are also The Balboa Cafe on Fillmore and Union in the Marina District, where Brian's a Giant's expert of the first tier and should be working tonight. The Brick Yard's on Union Street next to Union and Octavia. Downtown is The Royal Exchange on Sacramento and Front Street - the best and classic San Francisco sports bar.
Around the corner of Front Street on California Street is San Francisco's oldest restaurant, Tadich Grill. And next to it, are the twin restaurants Barbaco and Prebaco with excellent food and wine. As I stated, everyone has their faves, but I like those.
Then come to Oakland, and eat at The Lake Chalet on the waters of Lake Merritt - a cool setting for a meal after the game. If anyone tells you anything bad about Oakland, laugh at them.
At The World Series, Behave
Finally, please be nice to everyone. And male SF Giants fans, please do not throw beer bottles at people and be nice to everyone. Don't get drunk and stupid.
Oakland Mayor's Race candidate Joe Tuman and this blogger met last Thursday at Merritt Station at 614 Grand Avenue for this interview. It came at a time when Tuman, like this week, is riding a high of name recognition thanks to Grand Lake Theater Owner Allan Michaan, and a powerful word-of-mouth campaign on the part of people who've met Tuman.
The kind, seemingly mild-mannered San Francisco State Professor of Communications has changed the climate of the race from what some have seen as a three-person battle in ten candidates, to a four-person contest among the same field. Tuman did this even with a late start in the campaign. He says the campaign is still "going well. We managed to get a co-endorsement from the East Bay Express, and a second-place endorsement from The Oakland Tribune. It was a good boost," Tuman said. "I don't think people vote on the basis of newspaper endorsements. But it has added to the buzz around the campaign."
Tuman vs. Matthai Kuruvila and The SF Chronicle
On the subject of newspapers, Tuman and I briefly talked about the little feud between San Francisco Chronicle "Reporter" Matthai Kuruvila. The issue from this blogger's perspective is that Kuruvila has upset a number of the campaigners with a form of coverage that reveals a bias not expected for a "reporter." He's only talked to some, not all, of the persons running for mayor, openly expresses his opinion even by body language as he did in the San Francisco Chronicle Board Meeting with Tuman, and when he does blog - in this case in an attack on Tuman, the effort is intellectually sloppy at best.
The best Oakland political reporter was The Oakland Tribune's Kelly Rayburn (who's in law school now), who kept his personal views to himself and was a consummate professional - such cannot be said for Mr. Kuruvila. Moreover, Kuruvila is crossing over into territory reserved for the legendary San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Chip Johnson. Tuman had enough.
While Joe will not say Matthai has a bias against him, he's "If not hard on me, maybe harder on me, and a little dismissive," Tuman said. But. I've talked to him about that and I take him at his word when he says he treats everyone the same. But, in all honesty, sometimes it hasn't felt that way."
The Campaign's Progress
Tuman says his numerous house meetings have "Gone great. I don't know what number we're at. Sometimes it seems like we do one every night or every other night. Sometimes we have several in one day, like on Saturday I did three." Tuman says the house meetings are all over Oakland, both the hills and flatlands, and the response has been "uniformly good."
Allan Michaan and Parking
Tuman got a real significant elevation in visibility from Grand Lake Theater Owner Allan Michaan, who used his marque normally reserved for movies and anti-war announcements, to say that Oaklanders should vote for Tuman. The reason is that Tuman's openly adopted Michaan's call for an end to Oakland's predatory parking enforcement system, even to the point of saying he would "phase it out" and do away with the parking machines.
Tuman observed, "I could run on a platform that says 'Let's do away with the boxes that spit out the white pieces of paper that fit in your dashboard,' and I'd get all the votes." Tuman says he's not opposed to charging for parking, but he wants to make it, over the long term, free "only for a couple of hours," and says, again echoing Michaan, that the parking rates should be "around $20 or $30," and not the $60 to $80 they are at now.
Tuman Against Measure BB
Measure BB, if passed, would rehire the 63 neighborhood officers responsible for crime prevention on the Oakland police force. In Adams Point, Hong Bahn has served as one of those officers and has done an incredible job. This blogger's in favor of Measure BB; not Tuman. Tuman says he's in favor of the programs that BB puts money into, like Youth Uprising, but is in opposition to the measure because it does not address the reason Measure Y, which it modifies, was passed which was to serve both the desires of those who wanted more beat police, and those who wanted more money for after school programs.
Tuman says that Measure BB is a way for the Oakland City Council to get around the problems of Measure Y, where the City failed to meet its obligations to that program.
What happened was that Oakland did essentially raid Measure Y money and use it for other services - what Tuman calls a "bait and switch" - while police were laid off, and failed to conduct a good program audit. (While I disagree with the logic in not wanting Measure BB, the interview is Tuman's platform, not mine to disagree with him.)
Tuman objects to the idea of a "fix" and wants Oakland to live up to its obligations.
The Tuman Mayor's Office
The conversation turned away from that, and to what kind of Mayor's Office Tuman would have if he won. What I mean is style and structure. Anyone can talk about policy issues, but what separates the wonks from the leaders is a knowledge of how to form a managerial and organizational structure that can effectively push policy through to adoption, improve city service delivery, and fill the giant leadership vacuum that exists in the Office of The Mayor (and something Oakland City Attorney John Russo and I talked about in an interview earlier this year.)
Tuman says he does not want a large staff or for that matter a security detail. He says he'll drive himself around Oakland "or ride my bike." Tuman wants to appoint a new city administrator, and bring that person into the Mayor's Office, essentially fusing the City Administrator's Office into the Mayor's Office.
He will then set times with the City Council - separate meetings where they bring "a punch list" of things they need to get done. "I want them to let us manage the bureaucracy." Tuman wants control of the city staff to get things done.
As to the City Council, as a note, Joe says Councilmember Desley Brooks (District 6) has endorsed him. But in full he says he can "count to four" City Council votes, and in time will be able to "count to five." Moreover, Tuman will attend all City Council meetings, much as Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris did during his tenure.
Should Oakland Sue The Oakland A's
Tuman's not in favor of using the legal process against the Oakland A's, which seems to be threatening to leave Oakland every year, as he thinks it just encourages them to try harder to do so. But suing the City of San Jose is something Tuman's willing to consider, as that municipality has worked to try to take the A's away from Oakland, interfering with contracts between the parties in the process.
Tuman says he will be a friend to all of Oakland's sports teams, but does not want to give away public money to retain them. But he does leave tax increment revenue as an exception because of it's market generated nature.
Tuman The Candidate
Overall, Tuman expresses a very good feel for the issues, politics and, management of The City of Oakland, and has come a very long way in a very short time. Give his website - Joe4Mayor.com - a study as well as this video and learn about all 10 of the candidates, too, before you make a decision (if you've not voted already).