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Ribbon cut at new Van Ness hospital

City officials gathered Friday, March 1 to celebrate the opening of a new hospital that has been 15 years in the making. Sutter CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital opened its doors to patients on Saturday, March 2. 

The CMPC Van Ness Campus hospital has 274 beds and nearly one million square feet of space. It is the first building in North America to be fitted with viscous wall dampers to ensure the hospital remains standing and functional in the event of a strong seismic event. 

“You can’t replace home, home is where you heal, but I’ve only been here a few hours and I already heel like this is much more homey [than the Pacific Campus],” said Ryan Bray, the first patient to be transferred to the Van Ness Campus. 

The hospital has completed transferring patients from the Pacific Campus and will transfer patients from the California Campus on Sunday. 

Though the hospital has yet to be operational for a full 24 hours, a successful organ transplant has already been conducted, according to hospital officials. 

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The now open CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital on Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)