At a cost of $618 million and 11 years in the making, the 450,000-square-foot structure is opening with a flourish after several false starts. Opening time is 7 a.m. Sunday, and the original, earthquake-threatened Peninsula Medical Center will then close down.
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Patients can order meals from room service using a pop-up menu on the 40-inch televisions in their rooms or by dialing "F-O-O-D" on the landlines. Every one of the 241 rooms is private, and many have a sleeper couch so family members can bed down in the room.
I had the chance to talk to a Mills ER doc this week who was less enthusiastic about the move. The doc was concerned that the ER is much, much larger, but the staffing is the same and, in fact, due to the building's layout one technician is going to be pulled away from the floor to watch the waiting room. We'll keep our ears open to see how it goes.