Gresham, Smith and Partners announces the completion of an extensive renovation at HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, aimed at better serving the hospital’s women and children patients. GS&P’s design includes more than 60,000 square feet of renovated space and a 20,000-square-foot expansion, including a dedicated entrance and lobby, additional Labor and Delivery rooms (L&D) and a state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The consolidation of the NICU, relocation of postpartum rooms, conversion of the 4th floor into gynecology and new L&D rooms provide the additional capacity and operational efficiency needed to serve the community.
“Our newly renovated NICU and updated L&D rooms set a new standard of care for our patients and improve the environment for mothers and children by keeping them together in the same space,” said Will Wagnon, chief executive officer of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “Our primary goal is to provide high-quality, comprehensive care in a healing environment, and we are pleased to see an incredibly positive response from the community as a result of our expansion.”
“The new two-story lobby provides views and daylighting through a glass exterior wall, creating a warmer environment. This enhanced, calming environment is important to the families, particularly NICU patients’ families, who spend extended time at the facility,” said S. Robert Hamby, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, LEEP AP, senior architect, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “In addition to an enhanced human experience, the expansion and renovation also provides operational efficiencies. A dedicated drop-off, entrance and lobby separated from general patient entry improves patient flow for the campus at large. A triage and recovery suite that supports the C-section rooms increases utilization and keeps delivery patients from having to wait in the emergency department.”
The new curved lobby with wood walls makes a contemporary, yet elegant statement, creating a strong identity for the women’s entrance. The unique geometry extends to the exterior. The facility was inspired by the surrounding landscape and leverages local stone on the exterior near the entrance and in the lobby to elicit a sense of place. The LDR rooms feature color-changing LED lights, which mimic the color temperature of light throughout the day. Occupants can adjust the color and color temperature.
GS&P’s dedicated Healthcare staff approach each project through the lens of Value-Added Design. Value-Added Design is a dynamic, holistic framework in which teams explore and define what is important to clients with a focus on key performance indicators: patient safety; operational efficiencies; integration of technology; adaptability/resiliency; healthy, sustainable buildings; and human experience through evidence-based design. This approach gives clients the opportunity to assess and prepare for inevitable market shifts.