Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica will celebrate the completion of its replacement hospital with the opening of the new Howard Keck Center Tuesday, July 21st.
A ceremony for the new state-of-the-art health center is scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Saint John’s Health Center Table Atrium, 1328 22nd St., Santa Monica.
The new Saint John’s facility features advanced technology including a new MRI machine and modern operating rooms, as well as green technology in which the hospital can generate 95 percent of its own energy and a water-line cooling system, hospital officials said.
Other units in the building will be a new Emergency Department, one of the nation’s leading cancer centers affiliated with the internationally renowned John Wayne Cancer Institute, state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic centers, and a comprehensive women’s center, hospital officials said.
Among the features of the facility are earthquake-absorbing base isolators and a four-story atrium.
The Howard Keck Center was made possible by an ambitious capital campaign that raised nearly $400 million and efforts by the community that was dedicated to creating a new “gold standard” for healthcare, hospital spokesman Greg Harrison said.
The center was designed from the patient’s perspective with the Chan Soon-Shiong Center for Life Sciences Building, opened in 2005, hospital officials said. The two buildings have a combined total of 236 private beds, with the capability to expand to 268 beds (including semi-private rooms) during peak season.