Morton Plant Hospital - Women’s Center

  • Robert “Bob” Berry

    Robert “Bob” Berry AIA, NCARB, EDAC

    Principal Contact
Clearwater, FL, United States of America
Morton Plant Hospital

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital was the first hospital built in northern Pinellas County. With the goal of meeting the future healthcare needs of the Clearwater, Florida, community, the hospital commissioned GS&P to provide planning and design services for the 391,844-square-foot, six-story addition and renovation of its 687-bed facility. The monumental project includes a new patient tower project that will place women’s, surgery and orthopedic functions on their own respective floors, providing horizontal platforms of care and consolidating services that are currently disconnected on campus.

The hospital’s new Women’s Center is set to occupy the third floor of the patient tower, offering a new center of excellence for birthing mothers and their families. In the existing facility, mothers who have just delivered are taken on a gurney ride through winding public corridors and have to descend steep ramps to reach the elevator, which finally takes them to their postpartum room. Consequently, family members often lose their way trying to navigate this unnecessary complexity. The design of the new patient tower resolves this navigational challenge by locating public elevators near the new main entrance, which open directly into a common waiting room that is centrally located between LDRP and postpartum.

Striking a distinct contrast between the noisy, open-ward design of the old neonatal intensive care unit, the hospital’s new NICU will feature all private rooms that allow ample space for family and staff, and provide an environment where newborns can get their much-needed REM sleep. GS&P’s innovative design brings natural light into the NICU through the use of clerestory windows above the nurse and physician work areas, benefiting both staff and parents. Curtains allow neonates the option for light if needed.

Consolidating women’s birthing functions and the neonatal intensive care unit, the new Women’s Center at Morton Plant hospital will not only provide enhanced comfort and convenience for mothers-to-be and their family members, but also significantly increase staff efficiencies. Slated for completion in 2017—the hospital’s 100th anniversary—the new women’s program includes a 15-bed NICU; 16 LDRP rooms; 26 postpartum rooms; five antepartum rooms; a C-section suite; and a well-baby nursery.

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