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RATCLIFF Architectural Firm Completes Relocation and Expansion of John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Campus Emergency Department. New ED Provides a Soothing, Fast-Track Patient and Family Experience - November 19, 2009

RATCLIFF, the architecture, interiors and planning firm, announces the recent completion of the 24,000-square-foot first phase of the Emergency Department relocation and expansion for John Muir Medical Center – Walnut Creek Campus. The hospital is designated as the trauma center for Contra Costa County and part of Solano County. Designed to accommodate 65,000 patient visits per year, the new ED doubles, and will ultimately triple, the number of treatment stations. The newly renovated facility will increase waiting area spaces with a main lobby and three satellite waiting rooms to accommodate patients’ family and loved ones.

The ED spaces are arranged in several treatment zones with separate clinician stations to improve organizational clarity and streamline the delivery of healthcare services. These treatment zones include a fast-track unit, an observation unit, two acute care units, and a critical care area for cardiac resuscitation and trauma.

Together, the first phase comprises:

  • 31 universal treatment rooms
  • Four major trauma rooms
  • Dedicated CT scanner and two radiology rooms
  • Quiet treatment areas
  • A negative pressure area used for suspected infectious diseases
  • Two full isolation treatment rooms complete with anterooms and toilets
  • Security at walk-in and ambulance entries
  • A dedicated work area for paramedics and emergency workers.

A nature-based palette, natural light from skylights and windows, connections to nature, and adjustable light levels throughout the ED serve to mitigate patient anxiety. Family waiting areas and staff lounges are enhanced with colorful interior finishes composed of high-performance/low-VOC materials. These sustainable design elements support a soothing healing and work environment throughout the unit.

The expansion and remodel was completed in three phases to accommodate the construction of the Thomas J. and Muriel T. Long Patient Care Tower, a new five-story, 400,000-square-foot expansion of the hospital.

The hospital expansion project will add twelve more ED/treatment observation rooms and relocate the helipad to the tower rooftop where high-speed elevators will transport patients from the roof to the ED.

“John Muir Health hospital expansion and renovation at the Walnut Creek Campus is the largest health care construction project in California for 2009,” said Michael Monaldo, Vice President, Facilities Development & Corporate Real Estate. “We have completed three of four sequences of construction for the Emergency Department. It has been a truly collaborative effort between John Muir Health physicians and staff, the RATCLIFF team, Pankow Special Projects, and Clark Construction. The new and expanded facilities help support the high quality care provided by our nationally recognized Emergency Department and Trauma Center. The successful progression of the project is another demonstration of everyone’s commitment to the well-being of this community.”

“The completion of the expanded emergency department is the result of intense programming and visioning meetings with John Muir Health’s medical staff and administration,” said Tom Patterson, RATCLIFF’s project architect. “The new space will allow for more patients to be treated faster, while it also provides visitors with greater access to comfortable waiting areas.”