New Kaiser ambulatory center features local artists

By: Laura Meyers, The Telegraph
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The nearly finished Kaiser Ambulatory Center hung original art by Folsom artists Sept. 5 in its waiting room. The outpatient surgery center has six operating rooms with 24 pre-operation and recovery rooms. It’s safe to say that the waiting room will be the best decorated room. Kaiser has a long relationship and commitment to art, said Beth Jones, art consultant for Kaiser. “We want our colors and structures to support a healing environment,” she said. “Our commitment to art is unique to Kaiser and we like to feature artists from the region.” Jones researches local artists and presents them to Kaiser’s interior designers. Local painter Randy Blasquez was chosen by Jones to paint original art to be featured in the center’s waiting room. Blasquez painted three large panoramic landscapes inspired from the view from her own home. The paintings depict Empire Ranch from Folsom lake to Pilot Hill. Painting has been a longtime passion for her. “I paint local landscapes because its beautiful and its right here n our own backyard,” Blasquez said. “We don’t always appreciate these views and my paintings are a reminder of what we have.” The waiting room also features art by Folsom artist Judy Lewloose. The ambulatory center is located at the Palladio Mall. The center offers outpatient surgery services only, including orthopedic, podiatric, women’s health and general surgery procedures and is prepared to perform 4,000 surgeries per year. It has the ability to perform as many as 8,000 surgeries in years to come. The new facility provides a much-needed service to Folsom and surrounding communities. “Not going into a hospital cuts risk of infection,” said Sharita Warden, Manager of the ambulatory center. “We will do the appropriate operations in the appropriate facilities.” The facility features state-of-the-art technology in the operating rooms, and paperless patient records, allowing all records to be filed electronically. The building materials were also state-of-the-art. Rubber flooring prevents the use of harsh chemicals for cleaning, the roof is created with white thermoplastic polyolefin to deflect heat and the carpeting features a PVC-free backing made from recycled safety glass.