New Surgery Locker Rooms, Lounge to Debut Soon
Behind the door on the second floor of Sutter General Hospital near the bridge to the Buhler Building, crews this past year have transformed the former home of Human Resources and other services into brand-new locker rooms and a lounge for the surgery and cardiac cath lab staffs.
The new locker rooms and lounge are expected to open at the end of January.
The locker rooms and lounge that the Sutter General surgery staffs currently use are located on the third floor next to the existing operating rooms. With the move-in of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and the Sutter Children’s Center into the midtown campus in 2014, the third-floor surgical services are expanding from 12 operating rooms to a total of 26 surgical suites and heart catheterization labs. With the expansion of these services, there wasn’t room on the third floor for a larger lounge and additional lockers to accommodate both surgical staffs from Sutter General and Sutter Memorial hospitals. So, the locker rooms and lounge will now be located directly underneath the surgery department, and staff will change into their scrubs on the second floor and walk up a dedicated staircase to the third floor.
In total, the men’s and women’s locker rooms contain 720 lockers, and both are equipped with spacious lavatories that include showers. The 1,200-square-foot lounge includes a kitchen with a refrigerator, ice machine, four microwaves, a sink and plenty of storage area for kitchen supplies. The lounge has enough chairs for at least 70 employees to eat lunch, relax or work on computers, and includes a long work station overlooking Sutter’s Fort that can accommodate more than a dozen staffers.
The staircase construction is still under construction, but it is anticipated that staff will begin using the new locker rooms and lounge by the end of January to make room for the new surgical suites to be constructed on the third floor.