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February 25, 2011 > St. Rose Hospital announces latest expansion

St. Rose Hospital announces latest expansion

By Simon Wong
Photos By Simon Wong

St. Rose Hospital, Hayward, has successfully completed a five-year capital improvement program which entailed two years of construction and projects that underscore the hospital's pre-eminence as a Cardiac Receiving Center and equitable treatment of all community members, insured and uninsured. Additionally, the facility complies with State regulations through 2030 following seismic retrofits.

"We've accomplished significant projects this past year," acknowledges Michael Mahoney, St. Rose Hospital President and CEO. "As we enter our 49th year of providing high quality care in this rapidly changing healthcare landscape, we remain confident in our future capacity to meet our local community's increasing needs."

The most significant of these projects was the $18.3M transformation of the 13,000 sq. ft. Fifth Floor which formerly housed the hospital's administrative staff and adds 30 new, private patient suites that allow family members to be more involved in the treatment process. Each room is integrated into the hospital's new global cardiac monitoring system. Hospital leaders have incorporated privacy, comfort and the sense of being a "guest," and not a patient, to ensure well-being and a speedy recovery.

The walls contain sound insulation and plumbing has been installed in a manner to reduce noise. Rooms are devoid of obtrusive monitors and alarms; patients are connected remotely to such equipment located at the Nurses' Station.

A $10M gift from long-standing donor Dolores Jordan and the Jordan Family, the hospital's many benefactors and a bond issue through the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development's Cal Mortgage Insurance Program enabled the capital improvements and investment.

Fremont Bank Foundation generously funded a new infant security system for the Family Birthing Center. Glass security doors restrict access and egress; when a baby is in the vicinity of the doors, an alarm alerts the Nurses' Station and triggers lock-down procedures.

"We fund a variety of organizations. One of the things we look for in our grant-making is people. Our funding is assistance rather than a hand-out. We don't want a financial return on our investment but like to see a return for the greater good. The St. Rose team is amazing; they've always done wonderful things which produce lasting social worth for other people; they leveraged our Foundation's grant; they consider the best use of what they have. That's why we support them," explained Hattie Hyman-Hughes, Senior Vice President and President, Fremont Bank Foundation. "The Bank's staff works hard; I feel responsible for what we give and the difference it makes. I hope that when our employees visit St. Rose and see 'Fremont Bank' on a plaque, they understand they actually make the difference. Recipients always thank me for the funding but how can we thank them for their dedication, commitment and compassion? It's very humbling."

The hospital lobby and main corridors have been fully re-modeled with a gift from the St. Rose Hospital Auxiliary whose donations, which average $30,000 annually, derive from the Gift Shop's proceeds and events and activities such as the popular Christmas Boutique. In 2010, the Auxilians celebrated one million volunteer hours and $1M raised since St. Rose Hospital's founding in 1961. New banners adorn the hospital's approach and new flooring, furniture and artwork greet visitors on entering. A reception desk awaits installation.

"The driving force of the expansion is our patients and we remain grateful to our Boards, many donors and the Jordan family for their generous contribution to Cardiac Care at St. Rose," says Mahoney, "We're committed to continually improving our facilities, programs and services with a focus on high-quality, community-based care."

Mahoney also readily acknowledged the importance of the political support of Senator Ellen Corbett, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi, former Supervisor Gail Steele, Supervisor Nadia Lockyer, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Hayward City Council and David Kears, Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.

"We've so many community partners who support our events. The latter aim to give our guests and supporters an experience and, we hope, differ from most conventional fundraising. The St. Rose Hospital Foundation is fortunate to enjoy such tremendous support which enables this hospital to be a center of excellence," added Pam Russo, Executive Director, St. Rose Hospital Foundation.

In 1953, several prominent community members established a hospital-building fund and a local Catholic priest approached the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita, Kansas, for sponsorship for a hospital in Hayward. Although the affiliation ceased five years ago, St. Rose has maintained strong connections in recognition of all that the Sisters of St. Joseph made possible. Two representatives, one of whom remembers the opening of St. Rose on October 22, 1962, attended the Fifth Floor Open House on February 10, 2011.

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