POWAY, Calif., Sept 5 – Pomerado Hospital will be celebrating the opening of the $3 million bridge on September 5th on the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion campus. The bridge eases pedestrian access between the campus’ facilities. It also makes transporting patients easier between the hospital and pavilion including when patients from Arch Health Partners’ urgent care facility need care in the hospital’s emergency department.
“This aesthetically-pleasing bridge is an important piece of the development of the Pomerado campus. It ties everything together, the parking structure, Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, Pomerado Hospital and Villa Pomerado skilled nursing,” says Pomerado Hospital Chief Administrative Officer, David Tam, M.D. “It is a critical link in integrating the campus as a whole.”
The enclosed bridge will extend from the second floor of the northwest side of the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion out toward the hospital. While the bridge will not be attached to the hospital, elevators will deliver users to the ground floor where they will be able to enter the hospital from a new outdoor plaza near the entrance to the Emergency Department. The pedestrian bridge will overlook the rolling hills of Poway.
Hospital users will be encouraged to park in the nearly 1,200-space parking structure behind the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion and enter the hospital from the new bridge and plaza. The new bridge will also enable hospital patients requiring services and procedures at the outpatient facility to be easily transported from their rooms. It will also benefit patients of Arch Health Partners, which operates an urgent care facility, in the event they need emergency care and need to be transferred to the hospital’s Emergency Department.
“The bridge has been a planned addition since the Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion building was completed and will be an important enhancement of patient and staff access,” says Pacific Medical Buildings Senior Vice President for Development Jim Rohan.
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