First "Hospital within Hospital" in California
Slated to open May 2016, Vibra Healthcare’s Kentfield Hospital San Francisco Campus at St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) is the first “hospital within hospital” (HwH) prototype in California and the only Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LATCH) specializing in rehabilitation services in the greater San Francisco metropolis. Instead of discharging patients right away who need long-term care, St. Mary’s Medical Center will release patients to the 6th floor Kentfield Hospital. The new onsite rehab-focused facility will raise additional revenue for both hospitals, while easing transition for patients and their caregiver in receiving specialty treatment.
The project includes converting the existing sixth floor of the Main Tower medical/surgical and administrative floor at SMMC into the 40-bed Kentfield LTACH. The existing floor was remodeled to accommodate a new Pharmacy, Laboratory, Main Distribution Frame (MDF) server room, a secondary nursing unit with support services, X-ray Storage, Staff lounge and auxiliary services.
Patients will be referred from St. Mary’s, as well as from other hospitals in the Greater Bay Area. Family and Visitors will enter the facility though the Main Hospital Lobby and directed to the sixth floor with a new wayfinding system. A receptionist in a newly remodeled waiting room will greet visitors entering the sixth floor. Remodeled to create a welcoming and accessible space, conducive to healing, the PDA Team integrated the Vibra Healthcare rehab hospital, while being sensitive to Dignity’s Main Hospital identity.
Each patient room is private and outfitted with new LED lighting, headwall and nurse call system, as well as electronic medical record and wall mounted computers. Additionally, half of the patient rooms were upgraded to accommodate dialysis treatment for patients.