Posts made in August, 2011

Melissa and Super Sam

Posted on Aug 16, 2011

Melissa Harris was grateful to have had a surprisingly easy time carrying her baby. Before this pregnancy, she and her husband, Peter, had endured two miscarriages. But at week 23, things changed.

Melissa immediately went to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, where a clinical team began monitoring her condition. She was shocked to learn that labor contractions had begun and she was dilated. Her team explained they would do everything possible to delay the birth—and if she could carry the baby to 24 weeks, the chances of survival would be greater.

“Without question, Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit saved the life of my son, and I will never be able to thank the doctors and nurses and staff enough for everything they’ve done for us,” says Melissa.

To learn more about Melissa’s care, and the birth of Sam, click on the picture below.

Mom Melissa and son, Sam

Construction Update

Posted on Aug 11, 2011

Great Progress Being Made at All Three Sites – August 2011

Alta Bates Campus

Exterior work:
The exterior of the Alta Bates Campus will have beautiful improvements including landscaping and an exit ramp that will run the length of the hospital along Colby Street. These enhancements require demolition of the existing concrete paving in front of the building during the week of August 8. A sound blanket will be in place to help reduce the noise level during the week of demolition. The shuttle and patient drop-off area will not change during this time.

Artist’s rendering of exterior plantings and containers just before the main entrance of Alta Bates.
Artist’s rendering of exterior plantings and containers just before the main entrance of Alta Bates.

Interior work:
Crews have been working on the main lobby, upgrading and improving of our elevators and constructing the new Family Resource Center.

Elevator upgrades, including modern, new interiors, should be completed by the end of September. We appreciate your patience with intermittent closure of elevator service while these changes are made.

Renderings of interior of the new Family Resource Center are featured on the temporary walls and we expect completion by the end of the year. In addition to the resource center there will be a Women and Infants Education Conference Room, Ante Partum Testing Area, Reading Room and a Lactation Center.

Finally, flooring improvements to the entire lobby area will be made – with most of the work happening after hours.

Artist’s rendering of the front desk at Alta Bates.
Artist’s rendering of the front desk at Alta Bates.

Summit’s Patient Care Pavilion

You can’t miss the 259-foot crane now in position on the site. Normal CALOSHA inspections were completed last week and the crane has now begun the year-long process of building the foundation and erecting the structural steel and exterior skin for the pavilion. Foundation work will wrap up in approximately two months with structural steel becoming visible in October.

View of the tower crane from below the Providence Garage.
View of the tower crane from below the Providence Garage.

The tower is an incredible piece of equipment with a trolley/hook attachment that can reach out 169 feet and hoist 26,460 pounds. A wireless camera is attached to the block above the hook with a computer screen in the cab so the operator can see what and where he is lifting and placing materials.

The cab of the tower crane. It takes the driver 30 minutes to climb up to this location!
The cab of the tower crane. It takes the driver 30 minutes to climb up to this location!

New Parking Structure

Progress on the new garage is visible every day. Now that the first deck is completed, crews are in a cycle that builds an additional deck every three weeks. With a total of six decks, we anticipate completion by late November.

The entrance of the new garage from Telegraph Avenue.
The entrance of the new garage from Telegraph Avenue.

A typical week consists of adjusting the tension of the deck floor cables on Mondays, followed by concrete pours of vertical columns and shear walls on Tuesdays and Fridays and pouring a third of the deck on Thursdays. After three weeks the cycle of each deck is completed and the next deck begins.

Working on the second deck of the new garage.
Working on the second deck of the new garage.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Construction Hotline at 510-869-6840.  For more informaiton on the project, please see the web site www.altabatessummit.org/facilities.