Groundbreaking at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

Uploaded by sutterhealth on 29.11.2010

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Breaking ground for this facility today has been the result of ten years of planning and
work. And to actually see the construction begin is a terrific thing to happen for health
care in the East Bay.
On this site, where this building is being built, was an old nursing school that was
here many many years ago and it’s exciting that that ground is going back to a patient
care-focused tower only.
The fact that we have a hospital in Oakland is very important for access. They’ve had
their really high-end care all along, but the new equipment—the new facilities—that
they will have in this building will enhance the care that the patients will be able to
We always feel like it “takes a village” to build a hospital—to design it, plan it,
to work with the staff and so far there’ve probably been 250-300 people that have been
involved in bringing this project to a reality to provide the best patient care.
We’re going to be able to build this new tower. It will be seismically safe for our
patients, their families and our employees and it will be a beautiful new healing environment.
It has been so fun to be involved in the development of the tower that really has the patient in
mind and the clinical staff in mind.
This new pavilion is such a gift to this community. To me it really symbolizes the medical center’s
commitment to partnering here with the community in Oakland to enhance the health of this community.
Sutter Health has a major commitment to health care in the East Bay. Sutter has committed
over $300 million to build a new hospital in Castro Valley and now they’ve committed
$350 million to help us build a new patient tower in this area—to serve the patients
of Oakland and Berkeley.
For our patients and families and our staff to be able to come to this facility, it’s
going to be healing just to simply be in this environment.
May this space be infused with healing and wholeness.
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