This new 65-bed acute care replacement hospital and attached medical office building brings to the community a healing environment that helps put patients and visitors at ease upon entering the lobby. Exterior architecture provides a contemporary aesthetic that relates to the community, while also incorporating arches characteristic of many of the area’s buildings around the first floor windows. A brick, stone, and glass vertical tower element at the entry acts as a signifying beacon.

Accessibility to nature and natural light are important evidence-based design principles embraced by the design. Clerestory windows and windows at the ends of patient corridors bring natural light deeper into the hospital’s interior. Operational efficiencies, departmental relationships, and flexibility for future expansion were drivers to the facility’s design, as Lean-process thinking is an integral part of the MRMC culture. Some of the efficiencies in this Lean approach include centralized registration for inpatient and outpatient services, interconnection of public areas to simplify wayfinding and minimize travel distances, decentralized support in patient care areas, adjacency of outpatient infusion to the ED, and adjacencies of pharmacy and respiratory therapy to the ICU and patient care areas.

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