We’re beginning a remodeling project at our San Francisco Medical Center to provide more space for newborns, including a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and improved Perinatal Unit.
The remodeling of our Maternal and Newborn Departments at the main hospital at 2425 Geary Blvd. will occur in phases and is expected to take two years to complete.
“One of the goals of the project is to increase the square footage around each bed in the NICU,” says Tracey Pomeroy, RN, service director of Maternal/Child Health. “Ultimately, this will allow more space for families to visit their preterm infants and more privacy for them when they’re feeding their babies and bonding with them.”
Some of the features of the remodeling project include the following:
• New NICU: The 22-bed unit will include four semi-private rooms, two six-bed pods, and two private rooms. The new NICU will be built on the 3rd Floor where the current postpartum unit is located. During construction, the postpartum unit will temporarily move to the 6th Floor. And after construction, the unit will return to the 3rd Floor in the Three Center area.
• Newborn nursery: A new nursery for well babies will be built on the 3rd Floor. The old NICU will be converted to a recovery room for moms after delivery, a new three-room Labor and Triage Unit, and a private room for the Antepartum Unit.
Pomeroy says that service should not be disrupted during this remodeling project. “We’ll do everything we can to have the construction process be as quiet as possible and the least disruptive to patient care.”
At Kaiser Permanente, we provide our members and the community with high-quality health care. We’re also good to the planet, with several environmental initiatives at our facilities.
Our pharmacies in the San Rafael area have launched two pilot programs that support our goals:
Medication Take Away. If you have unused or expired medication, safely dispose of it. Flushing medication down the toilet can pollute our water system and harm the environment.
At our pharmacies in San Rafael, you can purchase a special “Take Away” envelope for $4.95. Simply place your unused medications in the postage-paid, pre-addressed envelope and drop it in the mail. Your package is delivered to a central warehouse where it’s securely stored until the medications can be properly destroyed.
Alternative Therapy Choices. We sell limited over-the-counter products as alternative therapy choices in the retail sections of our pharmacies in Novato, Petaluma, and San Rafael. These products are highlighted with a green label with a leaf design, listing benefits of the product.
“We’ve looked for products that do not contain certain chemicals, which some people may be concerned about using,” says Lois Claridge, area pharmacy director for our San Rafael Medical Center. “We want to provide our members with choices.”
The pilot program started with 14 products and will include more alternatives over time.
To learn more about disposing of medications, go to nodrugsdownthedrain.org. For more about Kaiser Permanente’s green efforts, visit our Green Resource Center.
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