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New San Carlos Medical Center Opens


NewsroomPAMF_SanCarlosCentePalo Alto Medical Foundation Opens Outpatient Medical Center in San Carlos November 17

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) new San Carlos Center opened for patient care on Monday, November 17, 2014. At opening, the San Carlos Center is home to 75 physicians and 220 medical support staff. It is anticipated that the light-filled, four story, 192,000 square foot building will serve 140,000 patient visits in the first year. PAMF’s Redwood City and Redwood Shores clinics have moved to the new location. The new outpatient medical center has the capacity to grow to 120 physicians.

The outpatient medical center is the first phase of a two-part expansion plan at the San Carlos site. The first phase, now complete, includes the outpatient building and a four-level parking structure with 1,115 parking stalls. The second phase, an inpatient hospital, remains part of PAMF’s future growth plans for the location, although a specific date for beginning construction is not yet set.

“This beautiful, world-class complex culminates years of planning with the goal of delivering exceptional care to surrounding communities,” PAMF CEO Richard Slavin, M.D. said, noting the facility’s diverse patient care services. “Today we celebrate the future. The San Carlos Center will be a place of compassionate care and healing for decades to come.”

“The San Carlos Center offers our patients a full range of health care services including primary care for adults and children and nearly 30 medical specialties, said PAMF Internal Medicine’s Ali Shafaie, M.D., who oversaw PAMF’s San Carlos project. “We also offer an urgent care center, an outpatient surgery center, a laboratory, and the full array of digital imaging services.”

Green Design

The San Carlos Center is designed to be energy efficient and uses locally sourced, sustainably harvested, and recycled materials where possible. Green design includes orienting the building to maximize natural light, using drought-resistant plantings and a high-efficiency irrigation system that exceeds LEED Gold level goals for water reduction. Other green features are a colorful living roof planted with drought-resistant sedum that covers nearly 14,000 square feet of the rooftop, and extensive use of reclaimed and recycled wood in design treatments. In addition, bicycle storage and a public transit shuttle stop are provided for commuters and visitors.

The new center features photography of the Peninsula’s natural environment and scenes of surrounding communities, and a unique public art sculpture called the “Three Gates” by artist Larry Kirkland.

The San Carlos Center is located at 301 Industrial Road near Holly Street and highway 101 in San Carlos. The outpatient medical center was designed by NBBJ and built by Skanska.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine. Founded in 1930, PAMF is part of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers. PAMF’s 1,400 affiliated physicians and 5,000 employees serve nearly one million patients at its 40 medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.