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The Queen's New Herman Family Pavilion

The Herman Family Pavilion is a three-story, 72,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility currently under construction. It will be among the first hospitals in California to be Gold LEED certified with an environmentally conscious design that satisfies the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) requirements for "green" health care facilities. The facility also incorporates evidence-based design, which is the process of basing decisions about the building environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients and operating efficiency for staff.

The Herman Family Pavilion will house the region's first "hybrid" operating room – an OR suite that combines the most advanced imaging capabilities with robotics and traditional surgery. The technology will aid physicians during the most difficult of surgeries, including complex cancer, heart and brain procedures. The pavilion will also include:

  • Six operating suites known as "smart ORs" outfitted with flat screen monitors and an in-room camera system for remote communication between physicians and their colleagues. The rooms are made with robust steel framing designed to remain in operation in the event of an earthquake and to minimize the issue of vibration during sensitive operating procedures.
  • 20 private intensive care rooms using evidence-based design that considers the patient and employees. The rooms will be large, filled with ambient light and designed to encourage family-assisted patient care, incorporating sleeper sofas and desks with data outlets.
  • A clinical and pathology laboratory equipped with the latest technology and a camera system linking directly to operating rooms providing real-time communication capability between surgeons and pathologists.

To learn more about this exciting facility, please e-mail pavilioncampaign@stjoe.org.

“The time has come for the hospital to construct a facility to match and house the excellent quality of physicians, nurses, technologists and equipment for which the hospital is known,” says Elaine John, Vice President for Philanthropy at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and President and CEO of the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation.