Orange County is home to some of the finest healthcare organizations in the world with the most advanced technological innovations and best medical care teams, says Julie Miller-Phipps, senior vice president and executive director of Kaiser Permanente Orange County. The new medical center is all that and more.
Kaiser Permanente's new hostpital
provides a colorful atmosphere.
From healing gardens and walking paths to interactive video walls and gaming consoles in the pediatric oncology area, the new Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center on La Palma Avenue practically redefines the term “state-of-the-art.” The 27-acre medical campus, located 1-1/2 miles from the old building on Lakeview, houses two medical office buildings, a central utility plant, a 1,562-space parking structure and a 262-bed hospital that furnishes 20 neonatal intensive care unit beds, 10 operating rooms and 10 labor-and-delivery suites within its six stories. The new center officially opens on Sept. 12.
A 3-acre healing garden greets visitors before they even enter the building. Designed to nurture patients as well as their families, the garden features waterfalls and other water elements, an abundance of plants, and winding walking paths. The entire garden, as well as the medical center, is equipped with Wi-Fi access.
Interactive-video walls in the main lobby function like a giant iPad, offering touch-screen options to help visitors find their way around. From the artwork to the gardens to the architecture, every part of the medical center was designed to invoke a sense of calm and control, says Joe Stasney, project director of the new Anaheim Medical Center.
The locale also incorporates green technology, including the use of natural light, as well as earth-friendly energy systems, plumbing and even the flooring (no vinyl).
“When you encourage natural light, you don’t have to use as much power,” says Stasney. “One of the most striking parts of the new hospital may be the children’s oncology center. A large fish tank and a nautical theme contribute to taking kids’ minds off of their treatments. Bright blue and green decor, constellations of stars in the ceiling and individual Playstations equip each individual treatment area. It also boasts one of the best views in the complex.”
To train its healthcare staff to prepare for situations ranging from worst-case scenarios to simple communications training, Kaiser’s simulation training area, or Sim Lab, allows the staff to practice high-risk or rare procedures without endangering real patients. Interactive electronic boards in operating rooms allow physicians to continually monitor patients without touching the screens, keeping the environment sterile.
Cameras allow viewing on many different monitors around the room. This new hospital is also the first Kaiser Permanente facility to house individual neonatal ICU rooms and delivery rooms designed to help the entire family feel like they’re at home.