Erlanger East Campus Medical Center and Freestanding Emergency Department

  • Jeffery Morris

    Jeffery Morris AIA, EDAC, LEED AP

    Senior Healthcare Principal Contact
Looking to better leverage Erlanger East Campus’ women’s center, outpatient surgery center and two medical office buildings, Erlanger Health System (EHS) consulted with GS&P to produce a master plan depicting how a phased implementation would transform the East Campus facility into a fully supported, stand-alone, 100-bed medical center. With standardization as a key, the new facility had to function similarly to other system locations.

Phase I consisted of upgrading one medical office building into institutional occupancy, allowing all three floors to support future healthcare functions. Renovation of the first floor—as well as the addition of approximately 8,000 square feet of new construction—was completed to hold a new freestanding emergency department.

Initially, work was required for multiple structural upgrades. New mini-pile foundations and braced, rigid frames were added to meet the new seismic codes for the City of Chattanooga. After foundation upgrades were completed, the building’s structural frame was also upgraded and reinforced. Once these fundamental modifications were finished, the structural system was fireproofed to finalize the occupancy and construction-type requirements for intuitional occupancy, making the project an extremely complicated renovation/addition that was accomplished without disruption to the existing tenants on the upper floors.

Following the completion of the structural retrofits, the construction of a freestanding emergency department on the first floor of the medical office building would act as a satellite emergency department for the main Baroness campus. Within the new facility, all clinical spaces are designed based on the EHS downtown campus, allowing physicians to work systemwide with little interruption and confusion. The new ED includes three major trauma rooms; 13 exam rooms; a six-position clinical decision unit; and a renovated laboratory to better accommodate outpatient testing. Also included in the addition is an imaging department consisting of a new CT, a nuclear medicine camera, an X-ray room and stress-testing services.
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