Designed for future expansion, this five-story replacement hospital includes 60 patient beds, 20 Emergency Department positions and 12 surgery/cath/endo recovery areas. To accommodate future growth to 100 beds, the design strategically positions long-term expansion zones next to soft areas, while placement of key departments and services also lays the groundwork for future vertical expansion with minimal disruption. Additional creative approaches allowed the design team to implement Community Health Systems’ design standards on a compact campus, which is located in a historic overlay district.

Located on a 2.2-acre site adjacent to an established neighborhood, the building facade is informed by the city’s historic overlay and design standards. Combining modern and timeless design, the interior features a two-story main lobby with high-end, durable finishes that include terrazzo flooring, quartz countertops and planters and a wood paneled ceiling. Main lobby, adjacent ED waiting and second floor surgery waiting areas; first floor café and second floor dining spaces; and elevator lobbies incorporate floor-to-ceiling glass that provide unobstructed views to the surrounding community. Stained glass from the existing hospital is highlighted in the new chapel and main lobby, while glass mosaic tile and art introduce color throughout the building.

To assuage concerns regarding increased ambulance, service and patient traffic on the side of the property visible to the neighborhood, community members were involved in the design process as it related to visible and audible elements. The resulting design minimizes community impact while delivering state-of-the-art medical care that can expand with community needs.

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