September 25, 2012 > Inside look at new hospital
Inside look at new hospital
By Julie Grabowski
The first in a series of grand opening events, Eden Medical Center's "Once in a Blue Moon" gala on September 22 was the community's first opportunity to view the new Castro Valley hospital. The sold-out event raised funds to help update equipment and purchase new state-of-the-art technology for the facility, while giving attendees a first hand look at some of the features that make the new Eden Medical Center a 21st-century hospital.
After three years of construction and numerous years of planning and designing, the facility not only boasts the latest in technology for advanced diagnosis and treatment, but is proudly green and more efficient, as well as being patient-centered. All patient rooms are private with private bathrooms and overnight accommodations for a family member, and instead of taking patients from place to place, equipment will come to them when possible. There are comfortable waiting areas on each floor, and a healing garden for patients and family members.
The hospital has 130 private patient rooms, 22 private Emergency Department exam rooms, four trauma bays, a Universal Care Unit for patients needing care for 24 hours or less, with features like rooftop gardens, an outdoor dining patio, 70 new trees (with more to be added in Phase II), and a cafe with healthy, appealing food choices, food stations, and pizza ovens.
Scheduled to open December 1, the seven-story, 220,000-square-foot hospital is adorned with a dramatic 125-foot 43,000 pound steel spire. Those who missed the gala will get a second chance for an inside look when the Center hosts a Community Open House on Saturday, September 29. Attendees will see patient rooms, emergency room and trauma center, surgery areas, radiology and the latest in digital imaging. In addition to tours of the hospital, attendees will enjoy music provided by KKIQ radio station, nutrition and health information, kid's activities, light refreshments, and an onsite, local organic chef who will be providing healthy selections available for purchase.
For those concerned about the old hospital building, it will be torn down after the new facility is up and running. Ninety-nine percent of the building will be recycled, with equipment sent to different areas in need, and the building materials used to make parking lots.
If you would like to see the latest in the world of health care and discover how you can receive the highest level of care and safety, check out the new Eden Medical Center. Those planning to attend the Community Open House should RSVP to 888-445-8433 or fill out the request form online. For more information about Eden Medical Center, call (510) 537-1234 or go to www.edenmedicalcenter.org.
Community Open House
Saturday, September 29
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Eden Medical Center
20103 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley