Kaiser Fontana Medical Center

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Kaiser Fontana Medical Center
Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Fontana Medical Center is located in California
Kaiser Fontana Medical Center
Geography
LocationFontana, Inland Empire, California, United States
Coordinates34°04′22″N 117°25′56″W / 34.0729°N 117.4322°W / 34.0729; -117.4322Coordinates: 34°04′22″N 117°25′56″W / 34.0729°N 117.4322°W / 34.0729; -117.4322
Organization
TypeGeneral
Services
Beds420
HelipadYes
History
Opened1943
Links
Websitekaiserpermanente.org
ListsHospitals in California

Kaiser Fontana Medical Center is a large Kaiser Permanente medical facility and 420-bed hospital in Fontana, California.[1] Built in 1955 to replace the smaller hospital at the Kaiser Steel Mill, the facility now serves over 400,000 members of Kaiser Permanente's health care plans in the area. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission.[2] According to U.S. News & World Report, the hospital performs highly in diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, geriatrics, pulmonology, and urology.[2]

In the most recent year with available data, Kaiser Fontana had 90,675 emergency department visits, 26,640 admissions, performed 4,956 inpatient and 21,790 outpatient surgeries.[2]

History[edit]

In 1943, Henry J. Kaiser and Dr. Sidney R. Garfield opened a 50-bed hospital, housing six physicians for the 3000 employees and their families at the new Kaiser Steel Mill in Fontana, California, offering a then revolutionary pre-paid health care plan for $0.60/week for adults, and $0.30/week for children. In 1945, the Kaiser Permanente health plan was opened to the public, providing the opportunity of affordable health care to the residents of Fontana. Following the end of World War II, as the steel mill and community continued to grow, the demand rapidly outgrew the small facility, and in 1955, the hospital was moved to its current location on Sierra Ave. It has undergone an almost constant pace of expansion and remodel to reach its current state, with major expansions about once a decade; it now contains over 400 beds, houses over 150 doctors, and employs 6000.

New construction[edit]

In 2009, construction started on a 'replacement hospital' on the Fontana Campus. The new 7-story facility, being built to meet requirements of CA Senate Bill (SB) 1953[1] and slated to open in 2013, will have 314 beds[3] and offer major technological and systematic improvements over the current, aging facility.[1]

The new hospital is pursuing LEED certification by the US Green Building Council. Environmentally friendly features of the building include: energy efficient lighting, use of reclaimed water for landscaping and cooling towers, dual pane exterior window glazing, and natural day lighting.[4]

Medical education[edit]

The hospital operates the following programs: family medicine residency (est. 1975), internal medicine residency (est. 2013), psychiatry residency (est. 2014), sports medicine fellowship, geriatrics fellowship, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kaiser Medical Center". City of Fontana. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center". US News & World Report. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Kaiser Permanente Fontana Project Enters Final Phase". Health Care Building Ideas. February 7, 2012. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "FONTANA: Tour of new Kaiser Replacement Hospital set". The Press-Enterprise. March 27, 2011. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Family Medicine Residency Program". Kaiser Permanente. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012.

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