November 16 will mark the unveiling of North Ottawa Community Hospital’s (NOCH) new emergency department. This $9.6 million project will revitalize emergency services at the Grand Haven, Mich. hospital and become a community rallying point for better access to primary care physicians and mental health services.
When Mary Free Bed first began planning for the expansion and renovation of their facility and services, there was one goal that everyone agreed on: becoming the nation’s best rehabilitation facility. Providing care to patients has always been a top priority. With new advancements, it was the hope that the quality of care would be heightened even further.
At the newly expanded and renovated Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, giving hope to the patients is important to the healing process. In health care, patients often have to wander around a facility to meet with their different providers. This can be inefficient and sometimes difficult for the patients, so Mary Free Bed is focusing on increasing flexibility.
Amazing things happen every day at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Patients in rehab need inspiration to make it through their healing journey. In the new and improved Mary Free Bed, patients can now see the activity happening around them. With visual access to the therapy gyms and captured images of other patients achieving their objectives all over the facility, seeing others accomplish their goals provides encouragement and inspiration.
New environments can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially when a family member is recovering from an injury. When leaders at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. expanded and renovated the campus, the patient experience was at the forefront of the design. Enviah is proud to have played a role in the $66.4 million expansion, which is nearing completing. The new 200,00 square foot facility will be unveiled Oct. 13.
Earlier this summer, the North Ottawa Community Hospital’s newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department opened its doors for its first patient. That moment represented hundreds of hours of work between Enviah and North Ottawa and signaled the end of phase one of the renovation and expansion project.
Lorissa MacAllister, PhD, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, EDAC, has won the prestigious New Investigator Research Award from the Center for Health Design’s Research Coalition. Her research project, “Improving Patient Satisfaction and Experience through Supportive Design,” builds on her dissertation, where she discovered that design factors such as room layout predict patient perceptions of physicians and nurses.
Designing a new building can take months. Designing a new care model takes years. By leveraging a new building program as a catalyst for cultural transformation, North Ottawa Community Hospital has created a rallying point for cultural change within the organization.
Tuesday, August 18th was a proud day for North Ottawa Community Hospital (NOCH) as they broke ground on the expansion and renovation of their new Emergency Department. This project aims to not only design a new space, but to create an entirely new approach to care that is largely focused on community health and awareness.