Top Real Estate Projects 2013: St. Joseph expands Napa, Santa Rosa hospitals

NAPA and SANTA ROSA -- Upgrade and expansion projects were initiated at two local St. Joseph Health hospitals in 2013.Herman Family Acute Care Pavilion, Napa

A three-story, 72,000-square-foot acute care center has been added to the Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. It is among the first in California on track to become gold LEED certified for health care facilities.

[caption id="attachment_84190" align="alignright" width="360"] The main entrance to the new Herman Acute Care Pavilion at the Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa.[/caption]

The pavilion incorporates evidence-based design, which is the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, and operating efficiency for staff.

The design utilized the latest virtual 3-D building information modeling (BIM) technique to create the new smart operating rooms, patient rooms and laboratories. BIM is part of the innovative project delivery system employed at the Queen to minimize paper and maximize communication among project team members.

Online virtual construction project management (VICO) software was deployed to augment the BIM model and produce the fourth and fifth dimensions of schedule and cost for project coordination in real time.

The Herman Family Pavilion houses the region's first "hybrid" operating room, an OR suite that combines advanced imaging capabilities with robotics and traditional surgery. This technology will aid physicians during the most difficult and complex cancer, heart and brain procedures.

The pavilion will also include six "smart ORs" outfitted with flat screen monitors and an in-room camera system for remote communication between physicians and their colleagues.

These rooms are reinforced with robust steel framing in the event of an earthquake, and to minimize vibrations during sensitive operating procedures.

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