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July 26, 2011 > Medical Center reaches construction milestone

Medical Center reaches construction milestone

Submitted By Jessie Mangaliman

The final beam in the steel superstructure of the new Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center was secured in place July 8 during a "topping out" ceremony to mark an important milestone in the construction of the hospital.

Employees, guests and city leaders signed the steel beam at the site where the new hospital is being built at 2500 Merced Street, San Leandro. Construction of the new hospital began in 2010 and is expected to open in 2014 replacing Kaiser Permanente Hayward Hospital.

"This is a homecoming for Kaiser Permanente," said Colleen McKeown, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente Southern Alameda County, referring to Kaiser Permanente's first clinic in southern Alameda County, in a small facility on East 14th Street in San Leandro.

"Soon, there will be babies born for the first time at the new Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center with a San Leandro birth certificate," McKeown said.

When complete, the six-story, state-of the art, 425,000-square-foot hospital will include 264 acute care beds - all private rooms - 10 operating rooms, 24-hour emergency services with 40 treatment rooms and a newborn intensive care nursery.

A medical office building will house 116 offices for primary care and specialty physicians, an outpatient procedure suite with six rooms, a pharmacy, a laboratory and radiology services.

"The San Leandro Medical Center represents the next generation of Kaiser Permanente health care facilities," said Dr. Robert Greenberg, Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center. "It will be a facility that allows maximum flexibility and adaptability to changing care practices and technologies."

"The San Leandro Medical Center will be one of most advanced health care facilities that will allow us to continue to provide quality health care and services to our local communities," Greenberg said.

The new San Leandro Medical Center is a "green" facility, designed to use less energy and water. About 97 percent of all materials on the site was recycled, diverting 98,000 tons of construction waste material from the landfill. Old concrete paving will be reused for soil stabilization, fill and pavement base.

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