Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital

  • C. Scott McQueen

    C. Scott McQueen NCARB, LEED AP

    Senior Healthcare Principal Contact

Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital had little to no room for future growth due to its restrictive location in the heart of a small residential neighborhood. The aging rural hospital had endured multiple renovations and expansions over the years, resulting in a labyrinth of spaces that were undercut by poor adjacency between departments. Having served the city of Mount Sterling and its surrounding communities since 1918, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling was in desperate need of a new, state-of-the-art facility that not only allowed for future expansion, but also established efficient circulation between public, patient and staff spaces, and served as an iconic gateway to the city of Mount Sterling.

GS&P was selected to design the new 113,000-square-foot, 40-bed replacement hospital where no single department is wrapped by another, allowing all departments to easily expand. To provide flexibility and expandability of programs, the hospital was designed to have two separate paths of circulation — one for the public, where all hospital services from administration to ER can be accessed, and one for staff and materials that cuts through the rear of the building, eliminating cross-traffic.

Focusing on the facility’s new symbolic site as an iconic gateway to the city of Mount Sterling, the design team chose to orient the building toward the highway, allowing the hospital to be clearly seen from the freeway and surrounding areas. The hospital’s desire for positive community interaction was addressed by strategically placing a billboard — expressly designed to create a visual and spatial connection point to the city — adjacent to a sizable public amenity area.
To make the new hospital stand out in its prominent setting, the design team drew inspiration from the city’s downtown buildings, as well as the architectural essence of nearby Lexington, using a color palate of neutral grays and contextual materials. Non-reflective  glass was utilized throughout the building to allow natural light to permeate corridors, patient rooms and public spaces, creating an open, healing environment.

Opened to the public in 2011, the two-story replacement facility includes comprehensive inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, a no-wait emergency department, radiology, surgery and recovery suites, cardiopulmonary rehab, a café-dining area and chapel, and an easily accessible public spine, which serves the entirety of the hospital.

The new Saint Joseph Mount Sterling replacement hospital embodies a vision of healthcare in which health services are delivered with efficiency and careful attention to patients’ needs. The hospital’s critical ability to connect and expand was successfully demonstrated when the addition of three major components — a two-story medical office building, a cath lab and an MRI — caused no major impact to circulation, or to the originally designed department adjacencies.

"The collaboration between GS&P and Saint Joseph Mount Sterling leadership inspired a vision to create a campus with a facility designed to bring SJMS into the 21st century. GS&P’s use of evidence-based design and innovative concepts have given SJMS a facility to bring the best medical care to our community and will allow us to promote the expression of our healing ministry."

Janelle L. Pugh, Vice President Finance
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling

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