John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital

  • Jeffery Morris

    Jeffery Morris AIA, EDAC, LEED AP

    Senior Healthcare Principal Contact

Established in 1925, Archbold Memorial is the flagship hospital of Archbold Medical Center’s healthcare provider system. Looking to expand and modernize its facilities while maintaining its signature Mediterranean-style architecture, Archbold engaged GS&P to develop a campus master plan and design a new patient tower, freestanding oncology center, interior and exterior signage, and various system and infrastructure upgrades.

In the initial phase of the 2007 campus plan, non-core hospital operations were unbundled and moved off campus to minimize congestion. As part of the relocation, laundry and materials management services were consolidated in a new facility, and a 29,100-square-foot office building was constructed to house other system functions.

The 45,000-square-foot Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center was completed in 2010. A freestanding facility on the main campus, it houses outpatient radiation and medical oncology services with 19 exam rooms and 22 infusion stations. The infusion area is an intimate environment with private, semiprivate and open bay options and an exterior healing garden.

As part of a comprehensive program of signage and wayfinding upgrades, GS&P created a new system-wide sign standard for Archbold inspired by the region’s historic character and charm. Pristine white stucco, wrought iron fencing and posts, Mediterranean tile, and copper patinas blend together to create a new brand that captures the essence of Thomasville and presents a positive image of the hospital. Installations on the main campus include a new primary ID sign, related exterior campus signs, and a complete revamp of interior signs.

The cornerstone of the main campus master plan was the new North Tower, an eight-story, 200,000-square-foot addition completed in 2012 with 96 med-surg beds, up to 24 ICU beds and an expanded Emergency Department. Designed to fit seamlessly into existing operations and facilitate future expansion, the tower is a patient-first healing environment with sustainable landscaping and efficient lighting and HVAC systems. Based on energy modeling conducted by GS&P, the hospital’s central energy plant was also redesigned with high-efficiency boilers and water chillers and enhanced pumping systems to match the hospital’s new operating profile.

During the North Tower phase, an existing hallway-waiting area was transformed into a history exhibit to celebrate the hospital’s heritage. GS&P designed the space, casework and graphics and worked with the Archbold Foundation to identify storylines, images and artifacts. The hospital’s main lobby underwent renovation at the same time, incorporating wood and stone accents, terrazzo flooring and unique iron light fixtures fabricated by a local artist. A new donor wall gives the lobby a dramatic focal point, utilizing a modular, grid-based system with etched glass panels for a timeless look.

Georgia Trend magazine ranked Archbold Memorial Hospital higher than any other large hospital in South Georgia in 2015, its fifth consecutive year as a “Top Georgia Hospital.” The hospital has also earned an “A” in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit focused on quality, safety and transparency in healthcare.

“The new exterior signage had a huge and dramatic improvement to the look and feel of the main campus. The signage package was readily adapted to our affiliated sites.”

James Bue, CPE, SASHE, Vice President of Facilities Management at Archbold Memorial Hospital
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