Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Richmond

Serenity Garden now open in Oakland

On your next visit to our Oakland Medical Center, take a moment to enjoy the Serenity Garden found behind our new Broadway Medical Office Building and Cancer Center at 3701 Broadway.

The garden features native plants along a restored portion of Glen Echo Creek. This beautiful garden is designed to give you and your family a peaceful place for reflection and healing.

Across the street on the southeast corner of Broadway and MacArthur Blvd., the old M/B Shopping Center has been demolished and we’ve begun work on the parking structure for our new 12-story hospital and medical complex, built with you and the planet in mind. A large part of the roof will be covered in photovoltaic cells to harness energy from the sun.

The new medical center complex has four buildings: a hospital, medical office and hospital support building, central utility plant, and 1,216-stall parking garage. We’ll complete construction of the garage first, which we expect to open in spring 2011.

“Oakland is our flagship medical center, serving the East Bay since the 1940s,” says Nate Oubre, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente in the East Bay. “It’s very exciting for us to be building a new, state-of-the art complex to serve the community in which we have our historic roots.”

The new hospital will be both patient-focused and environmentally friendly. Private hospital rooms will accommodate a single patient and space for a family member to stay overnight on sleep couches. “Our new campus will consolidate and organize services in a way that’s more convenient for our members,” says Oubre. “One example is our new Cancer Center in the Broadway Medical Office Building, which opened last May. The center brings together medical care, education, and resources for members and their families.”

If you have questions about the construction, leave a message on the Oakland Rebuild Hotline at (510) 752-1516. Find out more about our East Bay Facilities.

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Toy testing for lead available in April

Does your child’s favorite toy contain lead? Toys and toy jewelry made in other countries and antique toys often contain lead that puts children at risk.

Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell, but it can affect nearly every system in the body. And children may be exposed through normal handling of toys or putting their fingers that have touched a toy in their mouths.

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has found high levels of lead in dozens of children’s products, including toys, baby bibs, lunchboxes, and others. That’s why we’re offering free lead testing of children’s products on Thursday, April 22, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at our Oakland Medical Center.

CEH will give instant readings on lead and other potential hazards found in your toys and toy jewelry.

Make a reservation by calling Health Education at (510) 752-6150. You may bring up to five items to be tested.

If you believe your child has been exposed to lead, contact your pediatrician. While most children with elevated lead levels don’t have symptoms, a blood test can detect if lead is present in their blood.

For more, go to our health encyclopedia and type in “lead poisoning.”

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