Kaiser Permanente to open first new medical center in San Diego County since 1975

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente will open its $850 million San Diego Medical Center later this month, reports The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Here are five things to know.

1. The hospital will be the health maintenance organization's first new medical center in San Diego County in about four decades, according to the report.

2. The seven-story San Diego Medical Center is opening with 253 beds, although is has space for up to 321, Jane Finley, a senior vice president for Kaiser, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

3. The campus features 10 operating rooms, an emergency room and a labor and delivery center, according to the report.

4. Each San Diego Medical Center room will house a 75-inch, flat-screen television set, which may be used for entertainment as well as medical tutorials for patients, according to the report. In addition, some rooms will come with a "virtual guard rails" system to help prevent falls.

5. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for April 8. However, the facility won't be open to patients until April 25, according to the report.


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