The Women’s Health Center at Sky Ridge Medical Center

  • Gregory A. Gore

    Gregory A. Gore AIA, NCARB

    Senior Architect, Principal Contact
HCA envisioned the Women’s Health Center addition to Sky Ridge Medical Center as a destination for expectant mothers from across Colorado. Sky Ridge wanted to give the women’s center its own flagship identity while seamlessly integrating the new facility into the existing campus.

The hospital operates according to the Disney model of hospitality – treat everyone, patients and staff, as a customer. GS&P embraced this concept in creating a facility that provides an exceptional birthing experience for the entire family during delivery and post-partum care. The extensive use of rich colors and indigenous materials creates a hospitable environment of warmth, compassion and familiarity, which in turn fosters a sense of security. A three-story atrium offers visitors a grand first impression of the facility. Patients have access to a separate, dedicated entrance and amenities that include a healing garden, balcony, a coffee bar, a fire place and children’s play area. Interior designers met with family, patient, staff and physician focus groups at the project’s inception to develop three guiding principles: foster patient comfort and healing, maintain a commitment to excellence, and the attraction and retention of outstanding staff.

GS&P designers incorporated family rooming in a Mother’s Retreat, laundry and kitchen facilities in the new NICU to foster a positive, healing patient experience. Patient rooms are oriented to maximize daylight and dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. Staff lounges are located on an exterior wall with windows to the same views. Warm finishes and color schemes are used throughout to establish a comfortable, relaxed environment for all facility users. Multi-light levels and divided zones produce a more personal and less institutional setting while GS&P’s space planning solutions encourage efficiency and functionality with better circulation patterns and easier access to medical rooms.

In 2015, the Women’s Choice Awards named Sky Ridge Medical Center one of the best hospitals in America for obstetrics and cancer care.

The Women’s Health Center stands out its award-winning care and design features that create a distinct character yet also perfectly complement the surrounding campus.

Greg Gore, AIA, NCARB, senior architect and principal at GS&P
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