Sutter Hospitals Seismically Safe; Prepared for Future Earthquakes
Twenty five years ago today, an earthquake severely shook the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions. Measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, the Loma Prieta quake killed 63 people and caused 3,750 injuries. Hospitals across the Sutter Health network immediately went into “disaster mode” to care for the community, including Sutter-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, which combined treated 157 patients that day.
Committed to the safety of patients, employees and community members Sutter Health made the strategic decision in the years following the Loma Prieta quake to build or replace hospitals rather than retrofit older facilities. This long-term multi-million-dollar investment in our communities ensures residents have state-of-the-art inpatient and ambulatory health services they need.
Since 2000, Sutter Health invested more than $7 billion in hospital construction to meet and exceed the safety requirements set forth by California’s seismic safety law Senate Bill 1953. The law requires California hospitals remain operational after a major earthquake. This year alone, Sutter’s invested an estimated $1.2 billion in major earthquake safety-related hospital replacements and renovations, along with new physician clinic construction projects and patients safety technology.
Each of Sutter’s major hospital construction projects use proven seismic engineering, taking into account the unique needs of the building and surrounding communities. Recently completed hospitals include: Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital in Santa Rosa and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley.
Additional projects underway include: Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center in Sacramento and California Pacific Medical Center’s campuses at Van Ness and Geary and St. Luke’s in San Francisco.
Visit Sutter Health’s website for more information about Sutter Health’s construction projects.