New Kaiser hospital features updated technology

New California seismic standards spurred many hospitals to decide whether to replace or retrofit facilities

New North Hospital in Harbor City, Calif., was built with updated technology and increased seismic standards, according to an article on The Daily Breeze website.

“Our members’ expectations are changing,” Chief Operating Officer Yvonne Rockwood said. “They expect the one-person (private) rooms, and they expect the technology.”

New California seismic standards spurred hospitals to decide whether to replace or retrofit facilities. In many cases, new construction provided the less costly option.

North Hospital features an expanded 24-hour emergency room with 39 private treatment areas, 140 private patient rooms, a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging suite (including a digital breast center), the Wave Cafe with indoor and outdoor patio seating and “room service-style meals” for patients, the article said.

The 280,000-square-foot complex also includes a healing garden and Wi-Fi access for patients and visitors.

Read the article.



January 14, 2015

Topic Area: Information Technology

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