Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce the firm has been selected by Saint Thomas Health, a member of Ascension Health, to provide architecture, interior design and engineering services for a vertical patient tower and surgery expansion project at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The projects are part of a larger expansion plan to meet the long-term needs of the growing Rutherford County population.
“Rutherford County is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation and the demand for healthcare services is rapidly growing as well,” commented David Magner, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP, principal, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Eight years in, our initial hospital design has proved to be adaptable, providing the flexibility needed to meet the demands of population expansion and market shifts. We are proud to continue our partnership with Saint Thomas Health and look forward to designing a patient tower and surgery expansion that enhances the facility’s current services while accommodating the area’s future growth.”
The 52,000-square-foot, three-floor addition to the west patient tower will add 72 inpatient beds to the existing hospital, improving patient flow and providing additional capacity for all patient services. Operationally efficient layouts, such as flexible nurse stations, will create an adaptable space for clinical needs and staff interaction while promoting safety. Large windows will flood the space with natural light, creating a healing environment that supports positive patient outcomes. The surgery expansion will increase the sterile processing and materials management departments while supporting additional demand for the hospital’s operating rooms.
In addition to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, GS&P also designed two medical office buildings – DePaul Medical Office Building and Seton Medical Office Building – on the Saint Thomas Rutherford campus.