California’s Most Modern Hospital Opens In Escondido


>>>>: THE NEW PALOMAR MEDICAL CENTER LOOKS
LIKE A LUXURY RESORT. THE GROUNDS ARE BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPE WOULD NATIVE PLANTS.
THE MAIN LOBBY LOOKS LIKE IT’S LIFTED FROM A 5 STAR HOTEL.
MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS A STATE OF THE ART HOSPITAL AND IT WAS DESIGNED FROM THE GROUND
UP TO FACILITATE BETTER PATIENT CARE.>>>>: THE DESIGN HAS THREE SEPARATE PODS
AND THAT’S IDEAL FOR US BECAUSE WE’LL BE ABLE TO MOVE PATIENTS THROUGH MORE EFFICIENTLY.
EACH BAWD HAS TWO CRITICAL CARE ROOMS AND SO WITHIN THAT POD WE HAVE AN EMERGENCY ROOM
PHYSICIAN, PHYSICIANS ASSISTANT AND FIVE REGISTERED NURSES.
THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE AROUND TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS.
>>>>: THE FROM A UNIT IS DOWN THE HALL FROM THE BESIDES HAVING AMPLE SPACE FOR DOCTORS
AND NURSES TO WORK IN, IT’S RIGHT NEXT TO THE AMBULANCE ENTRANCE.
UPSTAIRS THE OPERATING ROOMS ARE BUILT AROUND A CENTRAL CORE.
EACH ONE HAS BUILT IN PASS THROUGH CABINETS. WORKERS CAN RETRIEVE AND DELIVER ITEMS FROM
THE OR’S WITHOUT HAVING TO LEAVE THE ROOMS. THERE ARE SKY LIGHTS ALL OVER THE HOSPITAL.
NATURAL LIGHT IS THOUGHT TO AID IN HEALING, AND REDUCE FATIGUE AMONG STAFF.
UP ON PALOMAR’S PATIENT FLOORS, THERE ARE NO CENTRAL NURSING STATIONS.
THAT’S BECAUSE DESIGNERS WANTED TO PUT NURSES CLOSER TO PATIENTS.
>>>>: OUTSIDE OF EVERY PATIENT ROOM IS WHAT WE CALL A NURSING STATION, WHERE THE NURSE
CAN SIT HERE, DO THE WORK THEY NEED TO DO, DOCUMENTATION, ET SET ET CETERA, BUT THEY
CAN SEE INTO TWO PATIENT ROOMS. THEY CAN SEE THE PATIENT IN THIS ROOM, AND
THIS ROOM.>>>>: EACH OF PALOMAR’S 288 PATIENT ROOMS
ARE PRIVATE, AND EVERY ROOM EVEN IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT HAS SPACE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND
VISITORS.>>>>: WE DON’T HAVE THAT TODAY IN THE ICU’S.
THOSE DAYS OF HAVING TO CALL TO COME IN AND VISIT YOUR LOVED ONE AND ONLY STAY FOR 15
MINUTES, THOSE DAYS ARE GONE. IN THIS BUILDING, WE ENCOURAGE OUR FAMILIES
TO STAY WITH US. SO THAT’S A WONDERFUL FEATURE.
WE ALSO EVEN OFFER PRIVACY FOR OUR FAMILIES, SO THAT WE CAN PULL THE CURTAIN IF THEY NEED
SOME PRIVACY AND SOME QUIET TIME WITH THEIR LOVED ONE HERE NEEDS SOME AS WELL.
>>>>: THE ROOMS HAVE SOME OTHER DISTINCTIVE FEATURES. THE SPECIAL CALL SYSTEMS ENABLES
PATIENTS TO PUSH DIFFERENT BUTTONS FOR DIFFERENT NEEDS.
ONE FOR PAIN, ONE FOR A WATER REFILL, AND ONE TO TALK DIRECTLY WITH THE NURSE. THE BATHROOMS
ARE CLOSE TO THE BEDS AND PATIENTS CAN USE HAND RAILS TO IT GUIDE THEMSELVES ALL THE
WAY IN AND OUT. SHOE MAKEER SAYS THAT SHOULD REDUCE FALLS.
EACH ROOM HAS A VIEW OF THE ROOF TOP GARDEN, THAT’S NOT JUST FOR AESTHETICS.
>>>>: THERE’S A LOT OF RESEARCH THAT SAYS PATIENTS WHO HAVE ACCESS TO LIGHT AND NATURE
ACTUALLY REQUIRE LESS PAIN MEDICAL, THEY ACTUALLY DO BETTER, GO HOME FASTER, AND PATIENTS STILL
WANT TO GO HOME.>>>>: THE SEED MONEY FOR THIS HOSPITAL CAME
FROM NORTH COUNTY TAX PAYERS WHO APPROVE AD 496ÊMILLION DOLLAR BOND MEASURE IN 2004.
THE PALOMAR HEALTH DISTRICT WILL PAY THE REST OF THE NEARLY ONE BILLION DOLLAR TAB THROUGH
FUTURE EARNING AND PHILANTHROPY. THE HOSPITAL HAS A CAPACITY TO EVENTUALLY HOUSE MORE THAN
600 PATIENTS, DOUBLE ITS CURRENT SIZE. LEAD ARCHITECT MICHAEL SHANAHAN SAYS THIS
FACILITY HAS BEEN ALMOST 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING. HE SAYS FROM THE BEGINNING, THE IDEA WAS TO
DESIGN A HOSPITAL THAT MARK AD COMPLETE DEPARTURE FROM THE OLD WAY OF DOING THINGS.
>>>>: HOSPITALS ARE NT THE MOST DESIRABLE PLACES TO GO.
WHAT WE’VE TRIED TO DO IS BRING IN A HOSPITALITY ENVIRONMENT.
WE KIND OF MAKE IT A DESIRABLE PLACE TO GO F YOU HAVE TO GO.
I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT. THE OTHER PIECE THAT’S IMPORTANT, YOU HAVE
TO RECOGNIZE IT’S MORE THAN THE PATIENTS, IT’S THE FAMILY WHO TO COME VISIT THE PATIENTS.
ALL PROVIDE HEALING AND A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE BEHIND THE WHOLE HEALING PROCESS.
THAT’S WHAT WE’RE U TEMPING TO DO HERE.

3 thoughts on “California’s Most Modern Hospital Opens In Escondido

  1. I had the pleasure of visiting this hospital yesterday (though not as a patient). It is one of the best hospitals I have ever seen.

  2. I would absolutely LOVE to work here and I look forward to in the future after I begin to feel more comfortable in my new role as a surgical nurse

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