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AHSP Wows First Patients at Opening

Richard Lewis, MD, checks on patient Girish Mody of South Africa at the new Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion on Tuesday, the day the Pavilion opened to patients.

The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion opened to its first patients on Tuesday, and the 11-story, state-of-the-art facility didn't fail to impress.

Neurology patient Girish Mody summed up his initial impression of the AHSP as "wow."

Clinical staff members prepare for patients in the Pavilion.

Hector Villanueva (left) registers patient Gail Dunbar.

"What my wife and I found most impressive was the help we received navigating the building, from security at parking to the receptionist on the Plaza Level," said Mody, who flew in from South Africa for a consult with Richard Lewis, MD, director of the Electromyography Lab in the Department of Neurology. "Everyone was very personable, well informed and pleasant."

Gail Dunbar, a patient from Bakersfield, said she was impressed with the building's warm, friendly environment and with the amenities and services offered. Dunbar drove in for two procedures, including an echocardiogram.

"I thought the registration process went smoothly," she said while sitting with her husband in the waiting area for the Anesthesia Pre-Procedure Evaluation Center (APEC).

The Pavilion, which was licensed by the California Department of Public Health last week, is designed with a patient-centered focus to help make patient visits as easy and comfortable as possible. It can accommodate an estimated 1,900 patients, visitors and staff per day. In addition, its shared spaces and open lab concepts are designed to bring clinicians and researchers together to promote collaboration and advance the development of major medical breakthroughs.

Patrick Lyden, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology, said that because the building is so large, it can seem overwhelming at first glance. However, he said, things seem to be going well.

"When you think about how complex this building is, and how complicated scheduling is, it's amazing we're at this stage that we are in this building. We're ahead of schedule," Lyden said. "I always feel like it's a privilege to come to work at Cedars-Sinai, but to come to work in this facility, it's humbling to the 10th power."

The Pavilion contains 440,000 square feet of program space, as well as 380,000 square feet of parking space on five levels. It also features the 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Sue and Bill Gross Surgery and Procedure Center on the fifth level, which serves as the new home for outpatient and a.m.-admit orthopedics patients. The first procedures are scheduled for this Friday, June 21.