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Sequoia Hospital unveiling new $275 million pavilion
May 02, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

The public gets its first look this weekend at Sequoia Hospital’s new $275 million pavilion which caps seven years of construction at the Redwood City campus and includes three floors of private rooms that double its bed count.

The pavilion adds more than 148,000 square feet to the hospital campus and brings its bed total to 208. The four-story pavilion includes three floors of larger patient rooms and also houses the hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute, Center for Total Joint Replacement, a Hybrid Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Hybrid Operating Room. Green features also play a role, including a water wall, patient healing garden and floors designed for noise reduction. The main hospital entrance is on Whipple Avenue.

“This is an exciting time for Sequoia Hospital,” President Glenna Vaskelis said in a prepared statement.

Sequoia is part of Dignity Health which provided some of the funding through bonds. Other money came from the Sequoia Healthcare District and contributions.

Vaskelis particularly lauded the support of the hospital’s staff and noted that they along with physicians and community leaders donated more than $20 million to the Sequoia Hospital Foundation for the project.

The pavilion will open its doors to patients this summer but is giving the community a sneak peak with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday followed by a Family Day on Sunday afternoon. Visitors will be able to take tours of the patient and operating rooms, see the catheterization lab and check out the new state-of-the-art medical equipment. The day is particularly focused on family and children’s activities like a teddy bear clinic, story time, music, food and raffles, said Jen Gainza of MacKenzie Communications, which is handling the hospital’s outreach for the new addition.

State-mandated seismic upgrades spurred construction of the pavilion, as it has also done with renovation and rebuild of other Peninsula medical centers including Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Redwood City.

The state required the new safety standards for acute care facilities following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Sequoia broke ground in November 2007 with an original $240 million price tag.

Grand opening activities include:

• A ribbon-cutting ceremony is 11 a.m. to noon Friday, May 2 in front of the new building;

• Family Day is 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4 including tours, children’s activities, food and music.

For more information on the events and the new pavilion visit

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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