Kaiser Permanente Celebrates Construction Milestone of New San Leandro Medical Center
The final steel beam in the superstructure of the new Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center was secured in place on July 8 during the “Topping Off” ceremony to mark this important milestone in the construction of the hospital.
San Leandro city leaders, Kaiser Permanente physicians and employees, and invited guests signed the last steel beam during the special ceremony held at the site where the new hospital is being built, located just off the west side of Highway 880.
Construction of the new hospital began in 2010 and will generate 3,000 new construction jobs in San Leandro. The hospital is expected to open in 2014 and will replace the Kaiser Permanente Hayward Hospital.
“This is a homecoming for Kaiser Permanente,” said Colleen McKeown, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente Southern Alameda County, referring to Kaiser Permanente’s first clinic in southern Alameda County, a small facility on East 14th Street in San Leandro. “Soon, there will be babies born for the first time at the new Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center with a San Leandro birth certificate.”
When complete, the six-story, state-of the art, 425,000-square-foot hospital will include 264 acute care beds – all private rooms – 10 operating rooms, 24-hour emergency services with 40 treatment rooms and a newborn intensive care nursery.
A medical office building will house 116 offices for primary care and specialty physicians, an outpatient procedure suite with six rooms, a pharmacy, a laboratory and radiology services.
"The San Leandro Medical Center represents the next generation of Kaiser Permanente health care facilities,” said Dr. Robert Greenberg, Physician-in-Chief, Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center. “It will be a facility that allows maximum flexibility and adaptability to changing care practices and technologies."
“The San Leandro Medical Center will be one of most advanced health care facilities that will allow us to continue to provide quality health care and services to our local communities,” he said.
The new Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center will be a “green” facility, designed to use less energy and water. About 97 percent of all materials on the site was recycled, diverting 98,000 tons of construction waste material from the landfill. Old concrete paving will be reused for soil stabilization, fill and pavement base.