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Byline: Leslie Griffy
Aug. 8--Doctors, patients and staff said a happy farewell to Kaiser Permanente's 40-year-old Santa Clara hospital Tuesday in a well-orchestrated move.
Nearly 100 patients -- from infants in the intensive care unit to adults admitted a few days before -- moved into Kaiser's new digs, a $700 million facility about a four-minute drive away from the old Kiely Boulevard site.
Ambulances -- 18 of them -- were parked in a staggered pattern in what was once the arrivals area of the old hospital. One ambulance took the first patient, an infant, at 6:35 a.m. The transfers continued until about 1 p.m.
Everything had been planned …