A connected leading-edge, bedless hospital and an upscale, 150-room hotel and spa were developed, hand-in-hand, to meet local needs, including those of residents and guests of a large continuing care retirement community. Designed for future expansion, The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood is a four-story facility that is the first phase of a long-term ambulatory care program. Featuring two main entrances with central lobbies and space to accommodate multiple medical specialties and retail tenants, the building purposely provides direct patient access, simple wayfinding and convenient parking. Influenced by hospitality design elements, all lobby and patient waiting areas are filled with natural light and feel more like “living rooms” than “waiting rooms.”

In addition to diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology and outpatient lab testing/processing, the first floor also includes an audiology testing and retail center, health and technology retail center, Medicare resource center, retail pharmacy and coffee shop. An ambulatory surgery center, medical oncology and a dermatology practice are located on the second floor, while the third floor contains ophthalmology, a rehabilitation suite and a procedural suite. Floors three and four house physician offices for 13 different specialties. Design goals include maximizing physician consultation time, while decreasing travel distances and redundant registration processes between specialists.

The new, adjacent Brownwood Hotel & Spa connects to the specialty center on the second floor, with 30 dedicated rooms for surgery and elective procedure patients to stay overnight. An activated courtyard located between both projects provides outdoor event space, in addition to a gathering place for patients, families and guests.

© Chad Mellon