Vermont Business Magazine Northwestern Medical Center’s new multi-specialty Medical Office Building in St Albans. The $32 million project is the third and final phase of the facility’s comprehensive master plan, designed to facilitate optimal treatment delivery to 45,000 patients treated annually by Northwestern Medical Center and Northwestern Occupational Health. E4H Environments for Health Architecture, an architecture firm exclusively focused on healthcare, designed the new facility.
Positioned at the front entrance of the campus for ease of access, the two-story, 44,000SF stand-alone Medical Office Building will house urgent care, primary care, orthopedics, and outpatient phlebotomy services. The configuration of the facility and the universality of exam room design allows for the efficient sharing of workspace and resources, such as imaging equipment. The second floor of the building has purposely been left vacant, allowing for strategic expansion of services based on future projected patient population needs. The medical office building features its own separate entrance, but connects directly to the newly-opened Medical Clinics Building near the hospital’s main entrance via an enclosed walkway.
“Northwestern Medical Center is at the leading edge of healthcare design in creating collaborative spaces for their high-demand outpatient services,” said Dan Morris, AIA, Partner at E4H Architecture. “This approach makes access to services easier and more convenient for patients and significantly improves the efficiency of healthcare delivery for Northwestern Medical Center’s physicians, nurses, and staff.”
“The opening of this new building is the culmination of years of planning that positions key outpatient services at the front of our campus reflecting our focus on preventative care and providing easy access to these services for our community,” said Tyson Moulton, Northwestern Medical Center’s Director of Facilities.
The opening of the Medical Office Building completes Northwestern Medical Center’s three-phase addition and renovation project. In December 2016, the renovation of the main entrance and lobby area was completed, providing improved patient drop-off with two-way traffic flow, as well as centralized registration and enhanced way-finding throughout the facility. In the Spring of 2017 a Medical Clinics Building addition at the front of the facility was completed, the addition includes cardiology, pulmonology, specialty clinics, and OB/GYN services.
Nearing completion is the phased upgrade of the Inpatient Progressive Care Unit located within the main hospital. The addition has been open since Spring of 2017 and the final renovations are nearing completion and will be open for service in January 2018. This project converts all inpatient bedrooms to private rooms, enhancing patients’ privacy, their families’ and friends’ visiting experience, and delivery of services by caregivers. Undertaken with the support of capital campaign donors, Northwestern Medical Center’s completion of its Master Facility Projects represents one of the most far-reaching upgrades of its physical plant and healthcare delivery model in Northwestern Medical Center’s 134-year history.
About E4H Environments for Health
E4H Environments for Health Architecture is dedicated to creating flexible environments for health that enhance the well-being of patients and families through Smart Facility Design. E4H Architecture is uniquely positioned to solve complex challenges posed by today’s changing healthcare landscape. Its unique solutions create environments that are economically and environmentally sustainable. E4H Architecture’s growth is the result of increasing demand for its high-quality, innovative, evidence-based design, and the growing awareness that facility designs can positively impact healthcare outcomes, improving patient experience, saving money and creating a better work environment for staff.
Source: November 30, 2017 (Burlington, VT) – E4H Environments for Health Architecture