It's been years in the making but finally, officials at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center unveiled the new Sobrato Pavilion that houses a brand new spinal cord injury unit that brings all elements of care for such injuries into one cohesive and connected building and boy was it worth the wait.
The NorCal SCI team got a sneak peak last Wednesday and came back on Saturday, Dec. 2nd for the official opening and celebration ceremony that brought in a lot of movers and shakers of Santa Clara County to mark this joyous occasion.
The rehab gym and the swimming and hydra pool are on the first floor which are easily the crown jewels of the center. But there is truly more to this six-story building which will now be the main wing for the hospital. Each patient room is private which includes its own bathroom and shower as well as a lift that could move the patient around their room including to the bathroom. Additionally, patients will have access to their own iPads which allows them to review their charts and schedules. In addition to the main rehab gym, smaller gyms are also located on the third and fourth floor.
Another neat feature is a private activities of daily living apartment which will be used to help new patients learn how to transition from the hospital to a replica of an apartment setting that would provide an opportunity to practice living in a regular living space before getting discharged. It is highly advanced with a very accessible kitchen, bedroom and bathroom facility.
The new gym features brand new equipment. Chief among them is a ZeroG Gait and Balance system which is an advanced harness that protects patients from falls while providing dynamic body-weight support as patients practice walking, balance tasks, sit-to-stand maneuvers and even stairs. Because ZeroG is mounted to an overhead track, there are no barriers between the patient and therapist.
The swimming and hydra pool are spacious. There's a lift that can assist with submerging the user into the main pool. The hydra pool allows the users to walk in the pool while being shown on a monitor connected to underwater cameras their walking motions for real-time feedback.
While the finishing touches are being made, the plan now calls for all the current patients to be transferred to the new building within a week. Tentative plans call for the demolition of the old rehab building at a future date.