GLENDALE — Every nook and cranny of Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s new $108 million patient tower appeared designed for comfort and posterity. Take the ceilings — the tower’s designers have done away with typical recessed fluorescent lights and mounted them instead along the walls, and with good reason. “If you’re on a gurney, what do you see? You see a ceiling,” said Warren Tetz, the hospital’s chief operating officer, during a recent tour of the 190,000-square-foot, nine-story West Tower. “And if you go down and you’re being pushed down a gurney, you’re looking at lights. I don’t know about you but I don’t like looking directly into light sources.” It’s these little touches, coupled with state-of-the-art technology, that hospital officials hope will elevate Glendale Adventist as a regional destination for medical care, built around the themes of “access, growth and family,” Tetz said. “The demand for health care is going to rise rapidly,” he said. “That’s why the growth and the access are important. And family care is especially important in Glendale. … The more the family is involved, the better the ultimate care for the patient.” With the city’s median age rising, more residents are expected to seek medical care at the 457-bed hospital when the tower opens this summer. Glendale’s population is projected to increase to about 221,800 by 2030 from about 205,000 now, according to the Southern California Association of Governments. Meanwhile, the number of residents age 60 and older is expected to increase 20 percent in the next five years. That group currently makes up 70 percent of patients requiring hospital stays, Tetz said. “With these numbers, it doesn’t take long to fill up a 60-bed tower,” he said. Seven stories of the tower will be dedicated to patient care, including a new Emergency Department, cardiac catheterization labs, six new operating rooms and 60 hospital beds. Most of the patient rooms are private and feature pull-out beds for visitors, Internet access and large windows overlooking the 134 Freeway and the city below. The tower also features expanded outpatient imaging and laboratory and cardiac testing areas. “We can get patients in and out quickly without having to work around the normal milieu of the hospital,” Tetz said. The tower is the first phase of a three-part hospital expansion. Phase two includes an inpatient radiology department and an access road through the hospital complex. Two buildings now used as offices — one from 1955 and another from 1974 — will be demolished. The third phase, which has yet to be funded, involves building a second patient tower. “We are very fortunate to have a hospital like Glendale Adventist in our community,” said Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, whose father served as a staff orthopedic surgeon there. “We’re even more honored and blessed to have them commit millions of dollars to expand and to build their new tower. … It gives us a certain level of prestige among the neighboring communities.” — Eugene Tong, (818) email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Your browser does not support the audio element. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires That calmness in the huddle and the confidence and trust that is instilled upon Palmer by his teammates is one of the reasons why he is constantly mentioned in the league MVP conversation.All those attributes were on display with 1:03 left to play and the game tied at 31. There was all the confidence in the world that Palmer would have no problem leading a drive to set up Chandler Catanzaro’s 32-yard field goal.“He has the trust in everyone in that huddle to make that play and be at the right spot at the right time,” Brown said. “Carson does a great job with the accuracy and throwing the ball right, and the offensive line is blocking for him. He’s not in the back field panicking, he’s just relaxing and calm.” Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) celebrates his touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) LISTEN: John Brown – Cardinals WR “Looking at the beginning of that play, I saw the safety cheat over to my side and when the ball was snapped Carson gave the safety a look to the other side as I was running my route,” Brown said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Off The Edge with B-Train. “I gave him a double move post. I faked him and faded back out. When I fade out, he jumped out and that gave me the separation and Carson made a great throw. He put his eyes right on the safety and took the safety right where he needed to go and it was a perfect play.”The resulting touchdown catch gave the Cardinals their first lead of the night, 21-14, with 4:45 left in the quarter. Brown’s catch was followed a few minutes later by a 16-yard strike from Palmer to David Johnson, part of three touchdowns scored in the third quarter to give the Cards a 28-14 lead heading into the fourth.It was a far cry from how the game started in which Palmer threw two interceptions, with the second one leading to a Bengals touchdown.However, despite the slow start, Brown said the team never lost confidence in Palmer and there was no reason to panic.“He wanted to put (the Bengals) away early. He came cussing in the huddle and said, ‘I messed up those last two drives. Alright I’m ready, let’s get on point.’ From there we just went rolling. We knew what we had to do and we believed in him.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It was a combination of little things between Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown and quarterback Carson Palmer that resulted in Brown catching a 18-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Sunday night’s 34-31 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.The little things that a majority of fans watching on TV probably didn’t catch. It was little things like a simple eye movement by Palmer to Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard, and the presence of mind of Brown to see Dennard cheating one way or the other and taking advantage of it. – / 31 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo