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Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 12:27 pm

Q&A: Mike Purvis, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa


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    Mike Purvis

    Mike Purvis

    Mike Purvis is the chief administrative officer for Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, which will soon be relocated from the aging Chanate facility, the former county-run Community Hospital, to a brand new, $284 million medical campus next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

    Mr. Purvis will be a panelist at the Business Journal’s health care conference on Nov. 30, where he will discuss the new hospital and how it will impact Sonoma County.

    Q: Sutter Health is moving forward, after much wrangling and maneuvering, on the new Santa Rosa hospital. How will the new campus benefit Sonoma County, from a medical standpoint, and how will it impact the overall landscape of Sonoma County?

    A: Safety — The new Sutter Medical Center will be the only North Bay hospital that is designed from the ground up to meet the most rigorous seismic requirements which will offer the safest possible environment for patient care.

    Sustainability — The new hospital is constructed and designed to be in the top 1 percent of environmentally sensitive and sustainable hospitals in California and will be a model for meeting contemporary standards in an environmentally sensitive manner.

    Community accessibility — The integrated campus model will be convenient for patients, visitors and physicians.

    Economic impact — The creation of 1,500 jobs over a three year period will have a lasting impact as a facilitator of Sonoma County’s recovery from a significant recession. 

    Q: How does the new medical campus address changes that have transpired in the delivery of health care, both medically and on the business side?

    A: The facilities are designed with a focus on the needs of patients and their families. We are creating a healing environment with all private patient rooms, comfortable spaces for families at the bedside and an ambience of healing throughout the campus. This new environment will complement the five-star care that patients receive today at Sutter Medical Center. 

    From a business standpoint the hospital and medical office building are designed with an eye toward changes in technology as care transitions from inpatient to outpatient and from invasive to minimally invasive. The hospital’s 24-bed Universal Care Unit has been strategically placed adjacent to the emergency and surgery departments to maximize efficiency in care management of outpatients. The layout and design facilitate operating efficiencies by minimize patient, physician and staff movement.

    Q: Sutter first proposed a new hospital in 2002. How much of an impact, if any, did the many changes in health care since then have on the planning and construction of the hospital?

    A: In 2002 , the forecast for inpatient care was much greater than in 2010, so we have made significant changes from our original plans. The final design is more compact with very modest expectations of inpatient growth. The facility is sized to meet our current patient demand reflecting the shift from an inpatient to outpatient services. 

    Q: How important will the new facility be for attracting physicians and other staff to Sutter and Sonoma County?

    A: This new state of the art and seismically safe hospital will be an attractive alternative for physicians and patients. The availability of the most up-to-date equipment and facilities will further advance outstanding service and quality. 

    Q: There are still critics of the forthcoming hospital, many who say it will adversely impact health care delivery throughout the area, particularly North Sonoma County. How would you respond to this?

    A: The focus of SMCSR is on patients, families and community. It is difficult to imagine any patient who would feel adversely impacted by receiving care from a five-star team of care givers in a new state of the art and seismically safe hospital. We have yet to meet a critic from this perspective. 

    Q: Where does the hospital stand in terms of construction? Is the timeline for completion still the same?

    A: The project is on schedule and on budget. The grand opening celebration is slated for October 2014. 

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