El Camino Healthcare board green-lights $149 million Women’s Hospital expansion

El Camino Women’s Hospital
Rendering Courtesy of El Camino Health
An expansion of the Women’s Hospital on the El Camino Hospital campus in Mountain View will include more private rooms, as shown in the rendering above.

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors Feb. 10 approved a $149 million expansion of the Women’s Hospital that will provide more support – and more space – for mothers and their newborns.

The Women’s Hospital, operating out of the Orchard Pavilion on the El Camino Hospital campus in Mountain View, will benefit from more private rooms, an expanded lobby, a new cafe and gift shop, and infrastructure upgrades.

Doctors’ offices that were on the second and third floors are being demolished to accommodate 24 NICU beds, 19 in private rooms on the second floor, as well as 26 postpartum, mom and baby beds in private rooms on the third floor.

The physicians’ offices moved over to the new Sobrato Pavilion.

In his report to the board, Ken King, chief administrative services officer, said the expansion plans were years in the making. The project initially launched in 2014 as an element of the Mountain View Campus Development Master Plan; the El Camino Healthcare District board approved it in June 2016.

“Our maternal child health services enjoy a great reputation in our community, which has resulted in increasing provider migration to our facility,” King said. “Our current facility is not adequate for the complexity of care we provide. It does not meet patient needs or expectations and lacks capacity for the increased volumes of new patients.”

He added that the project, set to break ground in late March or early April, “is driven by the fact that delivery of care, standards for care, have changed so much.”

The demand for private rooms and longer stays – new moms are staying two days instead of one, four days for C-sections – drove the 40,000-square-foot expansion.

The Orchard Pavilion, opened in 1993, started with mostly semiprivate rooms, but King noted the standard “completely changed” over the past 15 years.

The private rooms, he said, allow for mom and newborn to bond, an important part of the healing process.

The district board has approved $30.3 million in district capital outlay funds to support the costs of the project. King said most of the funding will come from budget reserves and fundraising.

The project is scheduled to wrap up by July 2024.

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