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GAMC Celebrates West Tower Grand Opening
Glendale Adventist Medical Center recently hosted a grand opening celebration of its new state-of-the-art West Tower on Sunday, April 29, 2007. More than 2000 people attended the event. Guests toured the 190,000 square foot new building and enjoyed refreshments, activities for children and free health screenings.

“It’s amazing,” said Liliana Martinez, event guest. “They thought of everything in this new building.”

The West Tower is expected to open to patients this summer. It features 60 new patient beds, including: a family-centered, 12-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit; larger patient rooms with Internet workstations; a new and expanded emergency department; state-of the-art technology; and much more.

The West Tower is the largest component of the GAMC multi-year campus expansion project and was planned to help meet the demands of the aging patient population and to implement emerging technologies to better serve the community.

“In this new tower, patients will know that they are in space that was designed to promote healing,” said Morre Dean, president and CEO. “We are very excited about the new Emergency Department, which has significantly increased capacity to provide better access and faster service to our patients,” said Dean.

The new Emergency Department has a dedicated CT scanner and digital X-ray room to expedite critical diagnostic testing, and a FastTrack for urgent care. An express elevator within the department is devoted to the transport of patients from the Emergency Department to the new cardiac catheterization labs and operating rooms to assist with providing faster care for the most critical patients.

Throughout the planning process, much attention and consideration was given to providing for the comfort and needs of both patients and families. Most of the patient rooms in the West Tower are private and offer special amenities such as day beds, Internet workstations and large windows.

GAMC prides itself on providing the most technologically advanced care possible. The operating rooms and imaging services in the new West Tower are no exception. Six spacious surgical suites will open, including two dedicated to cardiovascular and neurological surgery and two specially equipped for orthopedic procedures. Outpatient imaging, laboratory and cardiac testing services are now housed in one central location for patient convenience and greater efficiency. The latest diagnostic equipment will be available to patients.

Significant areas of the West Tower will be dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiac and neurological disease. As part of the state-of-the-art emergency services, GAMC is proud to offer a Stroke Center with specialists focusing on timely and comprehensive treatment of patients with stroke and other neurological conditions. The Heart and Vascular Institute at GAMC will be housed on the third floor and will feature the latest cardiac catheterization laboratories, which will provide comprehensive treatment for heart disease.

The completion of the tower marks a significant landmark in the medical center’s continuing mission to share God’s love with its community by promoting healing and wellness for the whole person.