Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation’s new 100-acre replacement campus was master planned and positioned to accommodate future growth and development opportunities. The five story, 217-bed facility is a full-service acute care hospital with the capacity to expand to 250 beds. Key staffing spaces directly connect to a new  medical office building that houses outpatient clinics, community education space and a simulation lab for staff training.

The new facilities promote easy access and wayfinding, while offering increased capacity for key services like outpatient and emergency. Department designs and relationships promote an operationally efficient layout and internal traffic patterns separate staff / physician and public flow. Major clinical departments including surgery, imaging and emergency are designed for future expansion, while pre-admitting testing areas also provide flex space for emergency department overflow. An ambulance building with four ambulance bays and sleep rooms for EMTs is also adjacent to the hospital.

ESa worked with the city to structure the building massing and utilize exterior elements like brick, stone and glass to reflect both the local architecture and a modern design aesthetic. Larger patient rooms provide better work zones for nurses and patient and family accommodations, while featuring bigger windows and hospitality-inspired finishes that are also easy to maintain. Durable, more residential-inspired furnishings and finishes were selected for the facility. Local art is also incorporated, some of which ties to the local university and well-known regional authors.

Joined by multiple connectors, the hospital and MOB are separated by a meditation courtyard. Public amenities include a dining area, coffee bar and chapel, which are located adjacent to the hospital’s main lobby. Other public areas are consolidated to allow for maximum space flexibility throughout the campus.

Photos: © Chad Mellon