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Hundreds of SJH staff complete training before the November opening of the new North East Wing

Hundreds of SJH staff complete training before the November opening of the new North East Wing

Eureka (October 19, 2012) – Nearly one-thousand staff members, physicians and volunteers at St. Joseph Hospital have completed two weeks of thorough training inside the new North East Wing. The training is just one of many crucial components of ensuring patient safety in the new facility.

Staff, physicians and volunteers became oriented to the North East Wing, learned the emergency routes throughout the building, took quizzes, completed scavenger hunts, became affiliated with the new equipment and technology and more. All of this is leading up to the November 11th opening of the 100,000 square-foot facility to patients. The state-of-the-art, $145 million medical facility includes a pre-operative department, post-anesthesia care unit, surgical suite with eight operating rooms, intensive care unit (ICU), progressive care unit (PCU), expanded emergency department, catheterization lab and more.

Simulations of everyday and emergency scenarios will take place next week in addition to a "code orange" hazardous material spill drill that was conducted on October 4th in partnership with PG & E. These will test our responses to medical and other emergency situations in the new building. Staff will also practice moving patients before the planned November 11th opening date. Additionally, surveys and inspections with state and local agencies have been taking place for months and will continue through early November. All of this helps our staff, volunteers and physicians continue providing safe, high quality health care for our community in our new facility.

Departments in the new North East Wing include:

Pre-operative department (17 patient beds)
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (10 beds)
Surgical Services (8 operating rooms and a catheterization lab)
Intensive Care Unit (12 rooms)
Progressive Care Unit (40 patient care beds)
Diagnostic Imaging (X-ray, Ultrasound and CT)
Emergency Department (20 treatment rooms)

The project came about as the result of an unfunded mandate requiring all hospitals to comply with updated state seismic laws by 2013. Though parts of the existing St. Joseph Hospital facility are compliant, the original building built in 1954 is not. The hospital began discussing the development of a new seismically compliant expansion in 2000 and broke ground on the facility in October 2007.

St. Joseph Hospital conducted a hazardous material spill drill with PG & E on October 4th in the new North East Wing.

Nearly 1,000 staff, physicians and volunteers have spent two weeks being trained and oriented in the new North East Wing.

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