St. Michael Medical Center
Located in Silverdale, we care for people in Kitsap, North Mason, Clallam and Jefferson counties.
St. Michael Medical Center
Community Resources Update
November 25, 2020
Need to know
- When the St. Michael Emergency Services department opens in Silverdale on December 12, guidelines for visitors will reflect current health and safety regulations. Read the latest department visitor guidelines.
- The Emergency Services department features negative air pressure treatment rooms, the addition of 43 Emergency Services department treatment bays, and expanded space for physical distancing.
- The Family Birth Center will remain in its current location on the Silverdale campus after the December 12 grand opening of the new hospital. Patients seeking care for pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecology are encouraged to seek care at the Silverdale campus.
Expanding emergency care in Silverdale: How the new St. Michael Emergency Services department heals and prevents illness
Patients arriving on December 12 at the new St. Michael Medical Center Emergency Services department in Silverdale will be greeted by a waiting area arranged to promote safe physical distancing. Across the vast 38,000 square-foot space, thoughtful updates protect patient privacy, safety, and comfort, according to David Weiss, MD, vice president of medical operations at St. Michael Medical Center.
The December 12 grand opening moves St. Michael’s Level III Trauma Center and main Emergency Services department from Bremerton to Silverdale. A limited number of beds will remain at the Bremerton campus for urgent care, until Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s urgent care center opens in 2021.
"The award-winning medical care at St. Michael Medical Center, including our nationally recognized heart and stroke care, is not changing," said Weiss. "For life-threatening cardiac events, such as heart attacks, we have some of the fastest intra-hospital response times in the state."
The new facility will add 144 private acute care hospital beds to the Silverdale campus, along with other enhancements, said Weiss. "The new Silverdale Emergency [Services] department features a much larger physical space to allow for safe social distancing in treatment areas, as well as in dining and common areas and throughout the facility. The space is massive and features 56 treatment bays, which is an increase of 330 percent over Silverdale's current 13 treatment bays."
With a rooftop helipad, two nuclear decontamination rooms, and adaptable "universal" treatment bays, the new Emergency Services department facilitates a rapid response to emerging situations like pandemics. Another safety measure is a negative air pressure system that can be equipped in each room and helps prevent the spread of airborne illness.
"In the new facility we have a negative air pressure system that allows us to direct air out of patient rooms and through filtering systems," said Weiss. “Originally pioneered to protect immunocompromised patients after transplant surgeries, negative air pressure systems have been essential to the COVID response, providing high-quality safety for infectious diseases.”.
The combination of cutting-edge health care technology with a focus on healing and prevention make the new Silverdale Emergency Services department unique, said Weiss. "We are excited for the upcoming opportunity to care for patients and our community in our new state-of-the-art facility expansion in Silverdale. It is a beautiful healing environment, and it represents a tremendous upgrade in terms of space and equipment."