UCSF Imaging Location Gets a Major Modern Makeover

UCSF Imaging’s Parnassus facility in the main Radiology department is about to embark on its largest-ever expansion with groundbreaking set for late July. The renovation, referred to as the Holding Room Expansion, will significantly enhance the environment for radiology patients through skillful design and technical upgrades. It will provide more space for patient holding, patient and family waiting, and patient changing. The project will also enhance the entry by improving sightlines and lighting, giving a more welcoming sense of arrival to patients, visitors, and staff alike. The planned addition of a third interventional radiology room and new equipment represents significant improvements over the existing imaging capabilities.

“The goal of the renovation was to create a more welcoming environment for both patients and staff,” said Ronald Arenson, MD, chairman of the radiology department. “We’re thrilled to be launching into this important expansion.” 

According to the architects at Perkins Eastman—the firm responsible for the Department of Hematology’s recent well-received renovation—the design focuses on each element of the patient experience. The moment patients step off the elevator, they will be greeted into a light-filled reception area, eliminating all previous uncertainties about where to go. After reception, imaging patients will proceed to the new gowned-waiting area. Cramped, poorly lit dressing rooms will be replaced with large, well-appointed private dressing rooms sized to accommodate patients and families, allowing for private waiting and consultations with caregivers. Upgraded imaging technology will increase the quality of medical care without compromising the design’s emphasis on the human experience.

Upgraded imaging technology will increase the quality of medical care without compromising the design’s emphasis on the human experience. Imagine a procedure room that allows you to gaze up at the leaves of a sun-dappled tree instead of staring at a cluttered institutional ceiling. Imagine being able to sit by the bed of a loved one in the recovery room, and being greeted, not only by the skilled nurses, but also by a soothing virtual window of hills and fog.

“Imaging’s transformation will bring with it a long-awaited modern sensibility and more patient privacy,” commented Robert Gould, DSc, vice chair of Radiology for Technology and Capital Projects at UC San Francisco.     

Combining upgraded imaging technology, improved diagnostic results, and caring staff with a new soothing environment, this project seeks to be the embodiment of the University’s mission of caring, healing, teaching, and discovering.

Groundbreaking is set for late July; the project is anticipated to unfold over the following 24 monthsThe department will remain operational throughout the construction phase.


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