A Foundation for a Flexible Future
In the decades since the hospital first opened its doors, our community has grown and changed considerably. Past hospital administrations have done their best to keep pace, adding a wing, and then a building, and remodeling as needed, but with only 7.2 buildable acres on our 19.75-acre site, it was essential to factor the future into our plans. Of course, the needs of our community will continue to evolve, but we now have an opportunity to prepare for change by building flexibility into the new hospital design.
The new hospital’s modular design will allow for services to be changed out within the same “footprint.” The interior design of the hospital is based on a grid format that allows for modifications and acuity changes as needed. For example, a space designated as a 28-bed medical/surgery unit can easily be repurposed to house 2 ten bed ICUs. That means that over time, Marin General Hospital will be able to accommodate changing community needs within the existing building.
Setting the Stage for Tomorrow’s Technologies
As medical technology advances, what was considered cutting-edge yesterday is fast becoming the standard of care. While we already offer many state-of-the-art technologies like the daVinci Robotic Surgical System, the new hospital’s flexible infrastructure will allow us to easily incorporate a variety of potential advances in technology. We are committed to remaining ahead of the curve and are already planning for things like “smart” patient rooms, hand-held devices for physicians and nurses, and robotic operating rooms.