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El Camino Hospital official describes expansion project for Rotarians


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A new two-story, 56,000-square-foot behavioral health building, rendering above, is part of El Camino Hospital’s expansion plans, the hospital’s facilities chief, Ken King, told Los Altos Rotarians.

 

El Camino Hospital’s Mountain View campus is expanding, but Ken King, chief administrative services officer, has managed any growing pains.

At the Nov. 17 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting, King described the extensive demolition of old buildings and construction plans for a new complex featuring an open, parklike campus environment. The old main hospital, the north addition and the behavioral health building are set for demolition.

According to King, the following changes are in the works.

• The old main hospital is slated to be razed by fall 2018 to make way for new construction. El Camino Hospital’s Women’s Hospital needs more space to accommodate the increasing number of babies delivered on campus. A new two-story, 56,000-square-foot behavioral health building with inpatient and outpatient facilities is also on the drawing board.

• A seven-story integrated medical office building will house hospital support and outpatient services as well as medical offices for doctors. A five-level, 390-stall parking structure will be attached to the building and a four-level, 430-stall structure will be added to the North Drive Parking Garage. Overhead solar panels will supply energy to the campus.

• Corridor connectors between buildings, a fenced courtyard for patients and a public plaza area will add to the parklike setting. Safety crosswalks and flood control measures approved by the Mountain View City Council have been incorporated in the plans.

King said the environmental impact report for the project revealed “less than significant impacts” due to careful planning. The hospital addressed possible disruptions caused by construction, noise and traffic in the neighborhood before breaking ground. Twenty trees will be relocated, and newer trees will replace heritage trees at a ratio of 3-to-1, expanding the campus’ tree-scape from 820 trees a decade ago to 1,290.

Controlling traffic was the greatest concern, so the hospital developed a transportation demand management plan to reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles. Employees are urged to commute via bicycle, public bus carpools and free hospital shuttles available at three locations.

El Camino Hospital purchased its Los Gatos facility in 2009, enabling the hospital to expand its services while increasing revenue by 16 percent. The hospital recently purchased a large site on Santa Teresa Boulevard in South San Jose to provide space for even greater future expansion.

With less government funding, plans had to become more efficient, said King, adding that expansion is key to improving the “outstanding” services at El Camino Hospital.

For more information, visit elcaminohospital.org.

Marlene Cowan is a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos. For more information, visit losaltosrotary.org.

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