Sutter Health Opens Modern CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital in San Francisco

Not-for-profit health system Sutter Health has opened a modern new hospital, California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Van Ness Campus hospital in San Francisco.

The new state-of-the-art facility, which includes 11 floors and 274 acute-care beds, offers inpatient and primary care services with a focus on maternity care, pediatrics, transplant, emergency and cardiac care and many other services. Each aspect of the Van Ness Campus hospital was made with the idea of establishing an inclusive, healing environment, where high quality, technology, safety, proficiency and personalization continue to be the norm, according to a GlobeNewswire release.

“For more than 150 years, it has been our privilege to serve every person who calls San Francisco home,” said Dr. Warren Browner, CEO of CPMC. “Sutter’s CPMC Van Ness Campus provides a new and conveniently located hospital for people living throughout the city and beyond.” 

The design of the new hospital incorporates a theme of natural materials and artwork, and focuses on the health of patients, families and the surrounding community. Made to be environmentally conscious, the structure of the Van Ness Campus hospital is the first in the country to incorporate ground-breaking viscous wall dampers.

“Our new Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital will continue to deliver the kind of coordinated, patient-centered quality care that San Francisco expects and deserves from a Sutter facility – with safety, security and inclusive care being paramount with each visit,” said Dr. Vernon Giang, chief medical executive at CPMC.

Viscous wall dampers, commonly used in Japan, are designed to absorb strong movement during an earthquake, which also helps to reduce overall stress on the facility. The facility has incorporated 119 viscous wall dampers that will also help the hospital continue to be fully operational, making patient care relatively uninterrupted even after a natural disaster.

“In the event of a major disaster, CPMC Van Ness Campus is built to be self-sustaining for at least four days,” said Dr. Jim Benney, senior project manager for the new hospital. “We’re prepared to continue regular operations with the support of three emergency generators, food and water.”

The Van Ness Campus also includes water-saving features such as containing rainwater for the hospital’s five rooftop gardens and high-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures that will save over 3 million gallons of water each year.

“Thanks to being part of the Sutter Health integrated network, this new Van Ness Campus hospital was built with the most technologically advanced, patient-focused design details in mind,” said Browner. “Once open, it will serve as the jewel of the CPMC system.

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