Howard Memorial Hospital

  • Jeffery Morris

    Jeffery Morris AIA, EDAC, LEED AP

    Senior Healthcare Principal Contact

Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) has provided comprehensive, patient-focused services to the residents of Nashville, Arkansas, and Howard County for more than six decades. With sections of the existing critical access hospital turning 60 years old and requiring extensive repair work, HMH solicited GS&P to provide planning and design services for a new 63,000-square-foot, 20-bed replacement facility that would not only provide better visibility to the community, but also improve functionality and create operational efficiencies.

Through an in-depth market analysis, and by utilizing our process-led design approach, GS&P was able to deliver a replacement hospital that thoughtfully and specifically addressed the needs of the local community. In addition, the team worked closely with hospital staff to gain a thorough understanding of their work processes and operational requirements in order to create a design that met Howard Memorial’s individual needs.

GS&P’s distinctive design—inspired by the various landform characteristics of the area, as well as the historic essence of nearby towns—provides space and amenities for current staff and patient volume, and offers flexibility for future growth, with all departments having the ability to easily expand. Service and public circulation were completely separated and departmental adjacencies optimized, allowing quick and convenient access for staff and patients. Safety-focused and patient-wellness principles were incorporated into the facility’s standard patient room layout, offering staff excellent patient visibility, while focusing the patient’s attention to exterior views.
Situated on a 53-acre greenfield site and featuring 20 private patient rooms, two operating rooms, a minor procedure room and full-service imaging departments, the new Howard Memorial Hospital was named one of the HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States, and provides the community with a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, along with a new level of high-quality, patient-centered care.

"GS&P worked with our staff to design a hospital that will streamline our operations and create efficiencies for our staff while aesthetically portraying a new modern image to match the level of care we are providing."

Rae Dowda, BSN, RN
Former CNO, Howard Memorial Hospital


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