New CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital Feels like Home for Oncology Patient
SAN FRANCISCO – Leukemia patient Ryan Bray, 42, of Manteca, lived at Sutter CPMC’s Pacific Campus hospital for more than 150 days and considered it his second home. On Saturday, March 2, Bray was transferred to the new CPMC Van Ness Campus, and was ecstatic about his newer, roomier third home.
“To be able to come over and be the first patient and see this new hospital is quite an honor,” Bray said. “It is really a beautiful hospital. It’s really cool.”
Bray was the first of 110 adult patients moved Saturday from the Pacific Campus of CPMC. On Sunday, upwards of 100 patients – many of them preemies in the neonatal intensive care unit, children and new mothers with babies – will be moved from the CPMC California Campus. The new CPMC Van Ness Campus will merge the adult services with the women’s and children’s center in a modern, state-of-the-art, comprehensive medical campus, all under one roof.
While Bray is very happy with his new digs, he is especially grateful that his new home doesn’t come with a new family. That “family” is Bray’s care team – the nurses, doctors, social workers, dietary staff, environmental services and other CPMC staff that moved with him to the new hospital. This family cheered him at 8 a.m. Saturday as he was wheeled out of his room at the Pacific campus and down the hallway to the elevators. He recounted how he knew how many steps he would get in every day walking those hallways and looked forward to figuring the number of steps at the new hospital.
With one of his nurses by his side, he then hitched a chauffered ride in an ambulance that took less than 10 minutes to the new CPMC Van Ness Campus. He was all smiles and gave a big thumbs up when he arrived, and then when he got to his new room on the ninth floor, other members of his hospital family were there to greet him and gave him a big group hug.
“It was a nice, smooth ride. It was a nice transition,” Bray said once he was settled in his room. “It felt really good.”