Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley
Design Innovation for the Future of Health Care

Reprinted from Castro Valley Forum online

By Robert Souza 11/18/08

The Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce this week named Eden Medical Center CEO George Bischalaney as the 2008 Businessperson of the Year. “This is a total surprise and quite an honor,” Bischalaney told the Forum on Monday.

In his 27-year career with Eden, Bischalaney has risen through the ranks serving as Chief Financial Officer of the Medical Center and Administrator of Eden’s Laurel Grove Hospital prior to being appointed President and CEO in 1998.

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As President and CEO of Eden Medical Center, Bischalaney is responsible for all operations at both the Eden and San Leandro hospitals, which includes oversight of more than 2,000 employees. He also has the task of preparing for the construction of a replacement hospital for Castro Valley by 2013.

“I was the chamber president for a few years some time ago, so I’ve participated in the process where I considered people for this award,” Bischalaney said.

“I feel honored because everyone who has received this award before me remain active in the community, continuing to give and make good contributions.”

“We at the chamber are aware of how fortunate we are to be associated with a community leader of George’s caliber, and for us to have a relationship with him is really an honor,” said Chamber Executive Director Roberta Rivet.

Bischalaney is a current board member and past president of the Castro Valley Chamber and also serves on the Board of Eden Hospital Health Services Corporation.

He established Eden Township Healthcare District’s Community Health Fund — a $30 million endowment that provides grants to public agencies and charitable organizations that work to improve the health of the community.

A Hayward resident, he is also active in numerous personal and political outreach efforts.

Bischalaney will be honored at a Chamber luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Paradiso at Willow Park in Castro Valley.

For further information or reservations, call 510-537-5300.

Reprinted from Castro Valley Forum online.

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Campus View from Main Entry

By Jeff Moore, Co-Owner, Greenwood & Moore, Inc., Engineering Firm

My name is Jeff Moore. I’m the “Moore” of Greenwood & Moore, Inc. We’re a multi-disciplined engineering firm specializing in civil engineering, land surveying, architectural/structural design, and land use planning. We’ve been in business in Castro Valley for over 40 years.

As civil engineers, we are responsible for the entire site design of Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley. With an effective site design, pedestrians and vehicles can safely and efficiently access the hospital. As land surveyors, we’re the people you see in the streets with tripods and surveying equipment measuring the location and elevation of things like curbs, gutters, streets, trees, etc. We are also responsible for locating the property lines around the new hospital.

Greenwood & Moore is honored to have been selected as the prime Civil Engineering and Land Surveying firm for the new Sutter Medical Cente Castro Valley. We have been providing professional design and engineering services for the existing hospital for over 20 years. The previous work that Greenwood & Moore performed for Eden Hospital for so many years allows us to have an out-of-the-ordinary perspective on the new hospital’s requirements.

For the hospital’s new design our firm is responsible for civil engineering tasks that include the grading plan (pipes and storm drains), parking lots, site design and circulation, site utilities (sewer, water, electrical, etc), and coordination for the Environmental Impact Report.

It is very exciting to work on this project because of the complexity involved in constructing a new hospital while the existing hospital remains in place. And personally, I find it professionally stimulating to work with such an experienced, top-notch management team.

I am proud to have served as a Trustee for the Eden Medical Foundation for last 4+ years. My wife, Beth, and I co-chaired the Eden Medical Foundation’s Spring Gala 2006-2007.

We live in Castro Valley with our children, Ellie, who is five years old and Sean, who is three years old. Both kids were born at Eden Medical Center. Beth and I are active in the community through the Castro Valley Rotary Club and the Castro Valley Chamber of Commerce. Because we live and work in Castro Valley, our association with Sutter Health and the new hospital is more than “just a job;” it impacts our lives personally.

Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post or ask questions about the engineering aspects of the new medical center, and I’ll be glad to respond within a day or two.

Campus View at Twilight

New Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley Campus at Twilight

By Andrew Flanigan, Senior Planner/Designer with Devenney Group

One of our other main goals is to design a high performance, sustainable and truly green medical center. In fact we’re going for LEED Certification, which is the recognized standard worldwide for measuring building sustainability.

Progress towards this goal has been made through the integrated team process, which ensures that we are working together to achieve our desired certification level and build the new hospital in the spirit of LEED. Extensive team meetings focus on introducing the core LEED team and determining which credits were available and applicable to our project. As we move forward, the appropriate team member is extensively researching each credit, and the challenges and benefits are being discussed and worked through.

Some of the exciting goals we have identified as necessary to act as a role model in sustainability are listed below:

- Producing an active education program to showcase these efforts to the visitors of the hospital, while also highlighting the importance of sustainability in their lives.

- Reducing construction waste dramatically by diverting the debris away from landfills through reuse and recycling.

- Reducing water usage throughout the hospital with low flow plumbing fixtures.

- Optimizing energy performance before the building is even built with the use of a virtual energy model.

- Protecting our occupants from toxic chemical emissions by using Low VOC materials and having an indoor air quality management plan to improve air quality before the occupants even enter the building.

- Using a green roof and other strategies to reduce heat island effect.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by commenting on this post. We’ll be glad to respond within a few days, and we look forward to your comments.

Neighbors and Community Members at October 22, 2008 Launch Event

Neighbors and Community Members at October 22, 2008 Launch Event

By Cassandra Phelps, Project Communications Director

On October 22, 2008, we invited the community—and particularly the neighbors—around Eden Medical Center to come to the hospital to learn about the new Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley project. We had representatives from the hospital, Devenney Group (the architectural team), Sutter Health, the social media team, and others available to meet our neighbors, hear their feedback and answer their questions. We’ll be posting video clips from the event in the next few days, so keep an eye on our Video Gallery and the featured video box in the right sidebar.

The good news was that the project was well-received, with high praise for the design and sensitivity to the community. We had great questions asked of us, and excellent comments for us to consider as we move ahead (regarding traffic patterns, noise abatement and other important concerns). While we had a very active and interested audience, we hope even more people in the community will join us at future events we plan to host in the coming year. Keep reading this blog, because we’ll announce upcoming community events here.

We realize that people are very busy, and going to the hospital isn’t something most people like to do even when they are healthy! So, we plan to take our presentation on the road, attending events and meetings to hear what folks have to say. We’ll post any future meeting dates and times in our News Room. And, of course, we will use this new blog site to reach a much wider audience, particularly those who live in our community who may not otherwise get involved.

There is a misperception that the people in Castro Valley, San Leandro, Hayward and beyond are not too familiar with social networks, blogs and all the new ways to communicate with each other over the Internet. I hope to change that perception by grabbing new readers and subscribers in our area and far beyond.

So, think of this site as our community meeting. Stay informed. Subscribe to this blog to get regular updates by email or RSS feed. Tell us what you think by commenting on individual posts. Together, we have a great opportunity to shape the future of our medical center.

Main Entrance

By Andrew Flanigan, Senior Planner/Designer with Devenney Group

Hello, my name is Andrew Flanigan, Senior Planner/Designer with Devenney Group. We are the architectural firm commissioned to design the new Sutter Medical Center in Castro Valley. My role with the project is lead project designer, and right now I’m working with the team to help get the plans ready for approval by all authorities, from state to county to municipal regulatory boards, so we can begin construction. I wanted to first give you a glimpse of what the new medical center is going to look like.

The new replacement hospital will be an iconic building that reflects modern technology and the latest standards in healthcare. Because it will be built on the same hill as Eden Medical Center, the new hospital will be the focal point of the surrounding area. Through the design on which the project team had input, we reduced the scale of the building by integrating it with the hillside, and by creating a horizontal feel to the architecture.

The hospital bed tower, which will be seven stories high, will be the most prominent element of the campus. Through extensive shadow and massing studies, the current design reflects the most efficient form and orientation to minimize impacts on our surrounding neighbors.

Other design features were incorporated to enhance the site as well as screen back of house functions from the neighborhood, such as where trucks unload supplies. These outdoor features consist of a living wall, a fully landscaped visual and noise buffer, as well as outdoor gathering spaces.

The outdoor gardens will be available for patients, visitors, doctors, hospital staff and also the community. The latest sustainable landscaping techniques will be used throughout the campus. The main outdoor gathering space will be located on the lower level just outside the cafeteria, and allows for outdoor dining, rest and contemplation. The design also incorporates several more intimate outdoor spaces throughout the site.

The exterior of the building provides a light and airy feel with the use of natural and long lasting earth toned materials as well as different color glass to add vibrancy to the tower element. The high efficiency tinted glazing enables us to maximize windows in all patient rooms to enhance the healing environment.

The new medical office building, which will be four stories high, is designed to complement the new hospital in form and function. The hospital and medical office building are connected on four stories using open walkways so patients, physicians and staff can easily move between the two buildings.

Whether it is a routine clinic visit or a scheduled major surgery, the campus becomes a one-stop-shop for all medical needs; a healthcare destination for the community. Please see our Photo Gallery for more illustrations of the new medical center, plus we’ll be adding new ones, so keep visiting here. You may want to subscribe to this blog for regular updates.

I am very excited to be sharing this first glimpse of the building with you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment here, with your questions or feedback, in our effort to make the design better!

Jesus Armas

By Jesús Armas, Government Affairs Liaison

Hello, my name is Jesus Armas. My role with this project is to work with numerous governmental agencies to get the green light to enable Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley to be constructed.

This is an exciting and new experience for me. For three decades, I worked for a number of California cities and was involved in reviewing various projects as they were presented to those cities for approval. In this case, though, my role is reversed, and I’m on the side trying to get a project approved. Definitely a new experience… and quite an eye-opener.

As you learn more about the project, I’m sure you will agree that not only is this project critically important to the community, but is also beautiful. In a nutshell, the project consists of a new hospital and medical office building, and related aesthetic and landscape improvements on the campus. Clearly, it represents a substantial commitment by the Sutter Health organization to Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro and adjoining communities that comprise the Eden Campus area.

A project of this scope and complexity only gets approved after it is thoroughly evaluated by various agencies. Typically, approvals are granted by local government bodies, such as a City Council or County Board of Supervisors. In this instance, however, because a hospital is involved, approvals must also be obtained from the State of California. Each level of government has jurisdiction over different aspects of the project—the State for the hospital, the County for the medical office building.

As part of the evaluation process, it is necessary to identify any potential impacts, such as traffic, noise, etc., associated with the project and to indicate how those impacts will be addressed…or “mitigated.” This assessment is documented through the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Once the DEIR is prepared, it is available for public review and comment for a period of 45 days. After the comment periods ends, a second or Final EIR is prepared that responds to all the comments submitted by interested individuals, organizations or agencies. The information contained in the FEIR is intended to help the decision makers, ultimately your elected officials (Board of Supervisors), decide whether or not to approve the project.

Before it even gets to the Board, however, Sutter will be presenting the project to both the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) and the County Planning Commission to gain their input and comments. In fact, Sutter has already attended two meetings of the MAC to obtain feedback and guidance on the project. Sutter is committed to working cooperatively with affected agencies to ensure that the project in its final form is one that we can all take pride in, and reflects positively on the community.

Here are some important dates for you to keep in mind:

  • The Draft EIR is expected to be released and available for public review around mid-November, with the comment period lasting until approximately the end of the year.
  • The Final EIR will be prepared thereafter.
  • It is our goal to have the MAC and County Planning Commission formally consider the project during the first quarter of 2009.
  • Assuming we meet this timeframe, the project, including the FEIR, will be considered by the Board of Supervisors next Spring.

I certainly want to hear from you about this project. I invite you to keep returning to this site to get the most current information about the project, and dates for various public meetings. But most of all, I invite you to send me your thoughts, comments and questions about this important community asset.

Campus View from Main Entry By Randy DeValle, Landscape Architect for the new Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley

I guess you could say I am about as home grown a design team member as can be, having lived in Castro Valley since 1959. My family moved here when I just four years old. My mother still lives right up Stanton, just a little past Eden Medical Center. My name is Randy DeValle, and I am the Landscape Architect for the new hospital project.

I remember riding my Sting Ray bicycle, complete with banana seat, past Eden Medical Center every Saturday morning, as my buddies and I would scrounge for pop bottles. We would turn them in for money. Then, off to Foster Freeze for a frosty, and Value World to buy fishing lures.

I attended Stanton Elementary School, A.B. Morris Junior High (yes, I still see Mr. Kerr, our principal, about town) and graduated from Castro Valley High in 1972. I was a proud Spartan, ran for the best coach in Castro Valley High history, Norm Guest, and was a member of the inaugural high school soccer team. I remember Fifi’s Toy Store, Sakamoto Hill, and getting chased off of King’s Hill.

After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Landscape Architecture, I spent a few years working in landscape construction. Then in January 1986, I put out my shingle right here in Castro Valley. My wife and I raised our two children in this valley. They too, graduated from CVHS, as Trojans (I’ll never get over that name change, ugh! Hail, Spartans).

Eden Medical Center has been a part of my family’s lives over the years. I have spent countless hours waiting in the emergency room talking to the night guard or watching that tiny TV in the corner. My wife (then girlfriend) introduced her mother to my mother for the first time up on the fourth floor when I was a patient there.

Eden has been present for so many of my years it will be somewhat strange not seeing the ol’ girl up on the hill…but I can say with all conviction, the new hospital is going to be beautiful. Devenney Group, the project architecture firm, has designed a remarkable building.

I am just thrilled to be a member of the design team. As the project landscape architect, it will be my responsibility to work with the project civil engineer and architect. I will be selecting all the plant varieties and designing the unique outdoor spaces.

These spaces will include a garden, with shade trees, servicing the hospital café. But it will be more than an eating area. There will be space to sit, read a book, and carry on a conversation. We are also planning another garden area adjacent to the parking garage and new medical office building, which will serve as a demonstration and contemplation garden.

Besides being a place of respite and serenity, the garden will host myriad plant species for the home gardener. We hope to develop a demonstration garden, emphasizing California natives, where a person can come and view some lovely specimens. The garden will be complete with seating areas, a shade structure and pathways. Also on the menu are roof gardens, water features and plenty of other greenery.

This is a LEED project. I will not reiterate the subtleties of LEED, but in its basic sense, plants must be akin to our climate, we must use water judiciously and wisely, use recycled materials and quite frankly, just use good old fashion horse sense. It is my hope to open portions of the landscape, which traditionally have just been functional. As much as possible, I want the landscape to also be a learning experience.

I truly believe, when the ribbon is cut, we locals will be amazed at the aesthetics, the attention to detail and overall, we’ll marvel at the new Sutter Health hospital up on the hill.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the landscape architecture, and feel free to leave a comment in the comment box. We welcome your input!

By George Bischalaney, President & CEO, Eden Medical Center

The Next Generation Hospital. The new Sutter Medical Center, Castro Valley.

Hello, and welcome to our new Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley blog. As CEO, I want to introduce our new blog site and invite you to participate in conversations with us as about the new hospital and medical office building that will replace Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. I’m very excited to be able to share information and engage with you as we create a state-of-the-art medical complex from design, through the regulatory approval process and finally through each phase of construction, up to the opening in early 2013. It is a long, exciting journey and I look forward to taking you along.

It is clear to us that we need to hear from you, our extended community—patients, neighbors, employees, physicians and business partners—in order to help us meet our goals. We know that many of you who are reading this blog will have strong opinions you would like to share with us. We too feel that communication should not be only one-way. We believe that all of us are more effective when we work together and collaborate to solve problems, address questions openly and discuss issues of importance to the entire community. After all, this is your community hospital and medical center, and we are here to serve your health needs as well as we possibly can. This is our primary goal.

To fulfill that mission and our pledge to include the community in building a medical center that will serve everyone’s needs, we have launched a Social Media outreach program using the Web to not only keep you informed, but to give you a chance to interact with us so we can address your questions and concerns. Our blog will serve as your Internet “headquarters,” where you can find updated information and links to our main Eden Medical Center web site, plus links to other popular online social networks where we have started groups and online communities for further discussion about the new medical center.

Through a variety of social media tools, including our blog, Internet video clips, podcasts, popular social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, FriendFeed and others, you will get regular updates on our progress, plus you’ll have the opportunity to comment back, ask questions, and give us your opinions and perspectives. You’ll be able to converse with hospital administrators, the architects, our Social Media project team, clinical staff and other key people from Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley. We’ll feature posts from guest bloggers, as well as podcast and Web video interviews.

By the way, we did a survey about the community’s use of social media and social networks, but if you did not know about it before, your input is still very valuable to us. You can still take the short, fun Social Media Survey.

We would love to know if you are aware of other social or online neighborhood networks that we may not have covered, such as a Yahoo, Google, AOL or Ning groups. If so, please let us know. We would be glad to participate on already existing online neighborhood, business or other networks to provide information and discuss relevant matters with your communities.

To date, much of the work in bringing our vision to reality has been behind the scenes. Our design team has worked closely with physicians, employees and medical center trustees to help envision our future campus. In the very near future, we will have more detailed exterior images that highlight the buildings and the campus changes. Much of this is still subject to refinement to meet local and State approvals.

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If you want more information about Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley, you can find basic information on our About page.

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Thank you for visiting, and please feel free to leave a comment or question in the space below. We’ll be glad to respond within a day or two.

George Bischalaney
President & CEO
Eden Medical Center

Digby Christian

Digby Christian

By Digby Christian, Senior Project Manager for Facility Planning & Development

My name is Digby—which tends to be a name that people remember and depending on the context that can be a good or a bad thing. There is probably no escaping the fact that people close to this project will have a hard time forgetting that the project manager’s name was Digby and he had a bit of a British accent.

I am the Senior Project Manager for Facility Planning & Development at Sutter Health.

For the Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley project, I am what’s known as the “Owner’s Representative Project Manager,” which means, for my sins, I have day to day responsibility for ensuring that the project:

1) Provides a best-in-class level clinical care concept for absolutely every function required in the acute care setting, as well as the physical design of the buildings (Scope!)
2) Opens for business on January 1, 2013 (Schedule!)
3) Costs not a penny more than the $320 million dollars that have been allocated by Sutter Health. (Budget!)

It’s an interesting balancing act…

While the estimate for the project may evoke responses from the community like, “Costs not a penny more than the, what? Three hundred and twenty MILLION dollars, are you kidding? WOW!” All I can say in reaction are two things:

1) Hospitals are incredibly complex buildings, (you might think your iPhone is complicated but let me tell you, it’s nothing compared to a hospital), built in a way that complies with 10,000 county, state and federal building codes and licensing regulations … building an incredibly complex building that is a half-mile from an earthquake fault-line considered to be “Most Likely to Fail” years and years in a row. So we must build it very very very carefully and very very very well. And that takes a lot of things, but one of them is definitely money.
2) It’s not nearly as much as $700 Billion, and despite that, once it’s spent, you’ll actually have something really nice (and big) to point to and say “oh, so that’s where the money went!”

The $320M is the full cost of the project, fully escalated out to 2013. As well as the new hospital, it covers the cost of the furniture, most of the medical equipment, all of the finishes and all of the exterior landscaping, and the cost of deconstructing and where possible re-using the material of Eden Medical Center. It does not cover the cost of moving everyone from the old hospital to the new, it does not cover the cost of the medical office building.

All three of the overarching goals (Scope; Schedule; Budget) can be problematic for large-scale construction projects. It’s a regrettable fact of life that such projects are typically late, over budget and provide less than what was asked for at the outset.

It is meeting all three goals simultaneously that is my central challenge on this project. Sutter Health has brought together an astonishingly skilled and experienced team of design and construction professionals to allow such a complex building to be designed.

I have no role to play in telling such a team what air conditioning system to pick, what kind of computer cable to run, what the floors need to look like. That is not my role. My role is to assist the team in figuring out how to work together as a fully integrated single team that has the same primary goals of Sutter Health (which I handily summarized above). In doing so I work with the team to pick such diverse beasts as data cabling, ceiling tiles, air handlers, pneumatic tube system, trauma elevators, patient lift system, light fixtures, hi-efficiency windows, CT Scanners, clinical flow efficiencies and on and on so that the primary goals are met. Construction is not a business-as-usual kind of business, let alone healthcare construction.

In the next post I’ll say more about what is so fundamentally groundbreaking about the way in which this project is being designed, and will be constructed. Here’s a preview: one of the interesting techniques that has been brought to bear on this project is keeping the team focused on what’s important, i.e., why do you want this building; what do you want it to do…then having the team figure out what will be needed to meet the goals. This is a very efficient way of keeping a team focused on what’s important, and frankly, oftentimes, to keep me, “the owner” from meddling in stuff I really shouldn’t.

Please ask me questions about construction, design, project management or anything else you think I might be able to answer. Or what you’d like me to blog about. I’d really like to hear from you!

The Future Site. A rendering of the future campus once the new hospital is open and the old building is removed.

Eden Hospital in 1954. The original hospital opened on November 14, 1954 at a total construction cost of $2.9 million

By Cassandra Phelps, Project Communications Director

Hello. My name is Cassandra Phelps, and I have been a part of the Eden Medical Center family for 19 years now. Most people in the community recognize me as the communications director and spokesperson for the hospital. But for the past year, I have had the incredible opportunity to work as part of the project team to build a new hospital in Castro Valley. After being part of the hospital’s leadership team and working toward this goal for the past ten years, it is very exciting to be a part of this project and to focus my energy toward something so vital to our community.

A new medical center means far more than just the construction of new buildings and roadways. It means we will continue to have the best medical care, right in our own community. It means that thousands of people who provide care and support will have a great place to work. It means we can attract the most talented physicians from across the country to practice medicine here. It means our children, our parents, all of us, will have access to a safe, comfortable place of healing. I believe in this project, and I know that every member of our team is committed to our mission and purpose.

You’ll see from the plans for the new hospital that it isn’t just a replacement hospital. If we merely replicate the old Eden Medical Center, we will just get another old medical center, with the same inherent problems of an inefficient and outdated building. No, the world is far different than it was when Eden opened in 1954. And so is medicine. And so, for that matter, is building design. (Photo: Eden Medical Center. The current hospital will not be functional as an acute care hospital after January 1, 2013.)

The innovative design of this building introduces new concepts to make it the best experience for the patient and staff. The Universal Care Center, for example, allows greater flexibility and efficiency for observing patients without strain on the acute care units or the emergency room.

All of the rooms are private, a far cry from the existing two and four-bed wards that exist today. Registration areas are designed for the patients, so that services come to the patients rather than patients traveling throughout the hospital for services. We’ll have more detail on all of these areas as we hear from our bloggers about the latest innovations in design, technology, construction, sustainability and many other features that will make the new campus a beacon of pride and inspiration in our community.

Today, as we move forward with our plans and seek approvals from regulatory agencies, we are constantly aware of the state’s deadline for SB 1953, the seismic safety standards for all hospitals. The state legislature established these standards to ensure that vital medical services are available to the community in times ofeven during a disaster. Yet this is an unfunded requirement so enormous that it dwarfs the ability of even the most financially sound hospitals to pay for it. Many hospitals, including several in this region, are relying on public funding or taxes, and others are seeking relief through legislation that extends the deadline.

But I see any delays as dangerous. These earthquake standards exist for a reason. Just as we saw with the levees that failed in Louisiana or the bridge that collapsed in Minnesota, delays in making our structures safe—whether it’s because of money or bureaucracy—leave everyone vulnerable. We now have a fully-funded and comprehensive plan to build a new hospital and trauma center in Castro Valley. Sutter Health, and all of us involved in this project are committed to moving ahead and building an amazing medical center, a source of pride and a safe, healing environment.

I encourage you to take the time to review the plans now and throughout this project; and interact with us, ask questions, provide suggestions. I look forward to our conversations!

Cassandra Phelps
Project Communications Director
Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley

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