Milestone for Oakland Master Plan

Oakland City Council Approves Plan to Modernize UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland to Provide Family-Centered Care, Meet Seismic Safety Rules

Oakland, CA (June 3, 2015) – UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland recently achieved a major milestone when the Oakland City Council unanimously approved the certification of the Environmental Impact Report for the hospital’s Master Plan. The project will rebuild and modernize the hospital to improve facilities for children, adolescents and their families and to meet the demands of seismic regulations.

The hospital’s Master Plan includes 40 additional on-site patient beds, for a total of 210 beds; creation of individual patient rooms in our Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units (NICU and PICU); construction of a new outpatient tower and creation of distinct inpatient and outpatient zones for easier navigation; new surgical, diagnostic and treatment rooms; and support services and clinics to help ensure the best hospital experience for patients and families.  

“We are proud of this project,” says Bertram Lubin, M.D., President & Chief Executive Officer of UCSF Benioff Oakland. “Our modernization project will enhance the hospital’s ability to focus on family-centered care with new, modern, and seismically compliant buildings and technology.”

The hospital continues to attract top pediatric experts in medical, surgical and mental health, and has positioned itself as a leader in population health and preventative care. It is also one of only five ACS Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in California.

For over 100 years, the hospital has demonstrated a strong commitment to the local community by addressing issues surrounding social determinants of heath, expanding pediatric research and providing young people with opportunities for future employment in healthcare professions. UCSF Benioff Oakland has more than 250,000 outpatient visits and 10,000 inpatient admissions each year.

Over the past two years, UCSF Benioff Oakland hosted over 30 community meetings to ensure the hospital’s neighbors could provide input on the modernization plan. The hospital addressed and acted on the feedback it received in order to develop a plan that would minimize disruption to the surrounding community. The hospital will continue to communicate with the neighbors as the project proceeds.

Richard DeCarlo, Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer for the hospital, is also the hospital’s Master Plan project executive. “We have been gratified by the process of working with our neighbors, community leaders, and families to create the most ideal construction plan,” says DeCarlo. “This project means our facilities will soon match the remarkable patient care the hospital provides. We deeply appreciate all those who have helped to make this possible.” 

Construction on the modernization project is expected to begin in late summer 2015.

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