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May 25, 2010 > Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center Approved

Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center Approved

Submitted By Johnny Ng

The San Leandro City Council has unanimously approved the proposed Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center, the largest construction project in the city's history.

A City Council vote of 7-0 on May 3 paves the way for Kaiser Permanente to begin construction of the new medical center. The approval includes a zoning change that will allow a portion of the project site to be developed for retail/mixed use in the future. On April 22, the San Leandro Planning Commission recommended the project to the City Council.

The Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center project will create approximately 3,000 new construction jobs. After it is built, the new medical center will bring about 2,000 permanent, quality jobs to San Leandro for a wide range of skill levels-from medical positions such as physicians, nurses, and therapists to positions in food services and environmental services. Kaiser Permanente will be the single largest employer in San Leandro.

"Our first medical clinic in southern Alameda County was right here in San Leandro, on East 14th Street," said Colleen McKeown, Kaiser Permanente Senior Vice President and Area Manager for southern Alameda County. "In a way, this is like coming home for Kaiser Permanente."

The six-story, 264-bed acute care hospital will have all private patient rooms, 10 operating rooms, 24-hour emergency services with 40 emergency treatment rooms open to the community, a newborn intensive care unit, as well as a host of outpatient services. After it is completed, it will replace the Kaiser Permanente Hayward hospital as required by California's seismic safety standards.

Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center's outpatient facility will provide a range of clinical functions, including 116 provider offices of primary and specialty care, a procedure suite of six rooms, and space reserved for a future ambulatory surgery center of four rooms.

"The new medical center will be fully connected via KP HealthConnect, our new electronic medical record system, where we can easily see a patient's complete medical history and treatment plans from other physicians involved in their care," said Barry Scurran, DPM, Physician-in-Chief for Kaiser Permanente in southern Alameda County.

When completed, the new medical center will be one of most technologically advanced health care facilities in California. It also will be "green," healthy, and sustainable.

Construction is expected to begin this summer.

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