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    CPMC breaks ground for construction of new hospital on the St. Luke’s Campus in the Mission

    Contact: Dean Fryer

    San Francisco, CA - September 26, 2014 - Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) CEO Warren Browner, MD, MPH was today joined by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and several members of the Board of Supervisors to celebrate construction of the new state-of-the-art, seismically safe hospital at the St. Luke’s campus at Cesar Chavez and Valencia Streets. The construction, which begins in October, will be the second of two new CPMC being built in San Francisco. The new CMC hospital at Van Ness and Geary is currently under construction.

    “This is an important milestone in the 150-year history of CPMC and for the delivery of health care in San Francisco,” Browner said. “With the construction of two new world-class hospitals that integrate the most advanced technology available, we have an opportunity to change the delivery of health care for decades to come.”

    Construction of the new hospital at the St. Luke’s campus begins with excavation to prepare the site for foundation work. The hospital is scheduled to open in 2019 and will have 120 beds, which include 88 medical beds, 10 intensive care unit beds and 22 labor/delivery beds. The hospital will also have five operating rooms and an emergency department with 16 treatment rooms.

    CPMC has committed to ensuring 30 percent of the construction workforce is made up of San Francisco residents and that 14 percent of the businesses involved in the construction are local San Francisco businesses. Hiring for preconstruction make-ready work has exceeded these numbers.

    “The hiring of local workers and companies is an important component of our commitment to San Francisco. In our first phase of hires for make-ready work, we have reached a 56 percent rate of San Francisco residents hired for the job site at the St. Luke’s campus,” added Browner. “We are also at a 28 percent rate for hiring local businesses for our construction.”

    The engineering designs for the hospital incorporate innovative technologies and buckling-resistant braced frames designed to yield in tension or compression, preventing buckling of the building’s steel frame. Similar technology has long been successfully used in earthquake-prone areas like Japan.

    The new hospital at the St. Luke’s campus is designed to achieve LEED certification. Green measures reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy and water usage. A pedestrian plaza will provide a park-like urban oasis with community access that will also help divert approximately 360,000 gallons of storm water annually from the city’s storm/sewer system. The capture of rainwater in a 50,000-gallon cistern also will be used to dissipate heat from the HVAC system at the building rooftop cooling towers.

    The new CPMC hospitals are scheduled to open in 2019.

    About California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) - A Sutter Health Affiliate

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, we believe in the power of medicine. We research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest-quality expert care with kindness and compassion in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, and a Sutter Health affiliate, we are able to reach deep into our community to provide education, screening and financial support in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Like us on Facebook, watch us on YouTube and follow us on Twitter. For more information visit our web site at