GS&P-Designed Brandon Healthplex's Emergency Department Completed

Tampa General Hospital’s Flagship Outpatient Center Improves Population Health Through Patient Access

October 19, 2017   |   Tampa,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces the completion of the emergency department at Tampa General Hospital’s (TGH) Brandon Healthplex, a medical center that will offer comprehensive services and expands TGH’s presence in the community. Designed by GS&P, it is one of the first facilities in Florida to include the array of acuity levels and service centers in one building. 

“The Brandon Healthplex allows us to provide TGH’s quality and spectrum of ambulatory care services in a human-centered, retail-like environment. By offering a range of services at one location in the suburbs, we’ve made care approachable and accessible,” said Mark Anderson, senior vice president of ambulatory services at TGH. “This type of access is imperative for us to provide a true continuum of care and support population health.”
 
Sited prominently along a major Tampa-area expressway, the exterior is modern and functional. The metallic panel windows maximize light and fritted glass canopies provide cover and shading and welcome patients and visitors into the building. The facility establishes the brand image by echoing the design language of the main campus and reflecting TGH’s quality of care. The curved main entry façade draws inspiration from the gentle waves that surround the Tampa General main campus on Davis Island. The simple colors also reflect the Davis Island main campus. The modern and warm interior, including a hospitality-inspired lobby, were inspired by contemporary commercial spaces and invokes a sense of tranquility throughout the building.

“Quality care and accessibility were the cornerstones of the project. We created additional value through an exceptional human experience, integration of technology, patient safety and flexibility for the future,” commented Matt Harrell, AIA, ACHA, LEEP AP, division vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “It features amenities such as a coffee shop and retail pharmacy to make life easier and more pleasant for patients.”
 
With an eye towards the future, select patient rooms in the ambulatory surgery center are equipped with showers. This will allow patients to stay longer than 24 hours, should the ambulatory surgical center regulations in Florida change. Additionally, the standardized, same-handed exam rooms provide efficiencies. Caregivers can focus on the patient rather adapting to various exam environments.
 
The four-story, 130,000-square-foot facility houses an emergency department, which opened in March, as well as primary and specialty care physician practices, ambulatory surgery, an outpatient laboratory draw station, a retail pharmacy, café, outpatient surgery center. Outpatient images services are planned for 2018.
 
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. 
 

“The Brandon Healthplex allows us to provide TGH’s quality and spectrum of ambulatory care services in a human-centered, retail-like environment. By offering a range of services at one location in the suburbs, we’ve made care approachable and accessible. This type of access is imperative for us to provide a true continuum of care and support population health.”

Mark Anderson, senior vice president of ambulatory services at Tampa General Hospital 
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