Work on the WellStar Vinings Health Park is underway! The facility is expected to be completed by fall of 2017 and cost an estimated $77 million. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design firm for the this new medical facility.
The 162,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway, in the former Vinings/Perimeter Business Park.
Almost from the moment hospital officials were handed the keys to the new Paulding Hospital, hospital officials knew this facility was going to be a success, and they were right. Soon after Paulding opened, patient rooms filled to capacity and it was obvious that the hospital would have to expand. The following article explains this expansion, which is being designed by CDH Partners.
“WellStar Paulding Hospital began construction recently to complete two previously unfinished floors and double the number of patient beds available in the two-year-old facility.
The work to finish the two floors will lead to 180 new jobs by mid-October, said Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin, a member of the hospital’s regional board and the Paulding County Hospital Authority.
The nearly 50,000-square-foot buildout of the sixth and seventh floors will increase the facility’s beds from 56 to 112, said Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital.
“‘This expansion will allow us to better serve the community,’ Haney said in a news release. ‘Paulding County continues to grow and there is an immediate need for more space.'”
WellStar Health System recently broke ground on its three-story outpatient facility in Vinings, GA, which is expected to cost an estimated $77 million and be completed by fall of 2017. CDH Partners is the Architectural Design company for the this new medical facility, which is slated to open in the fall of 2017.
The 162,000-square-foot facility is located near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway, in the former Vinings/Perimeter Business Park.Kem Mullins serves as executive vice president of WellStar’s ambulatory division and business development and said he was excited to see the project take shape.
“WellStar has really pioneered the health park idea in Georgia. There’s really nothing that compares to it,” Mullins said. “The health park we’ll build will build upon the history of WellStar.”
Joe Brywczynski is senior vice president of WellStar Health Park development and said the new facility is WellStar’s third health park behind Acworth and East Cobb, and will predominately serve residents in the south Cobb County area including Vinings, Smyrna, and northwest Fulton County.
“Residents in this area will no longer have to endure long drive times, congested traffic or traveling to multiple health facilities,” Brywczynski said. “We are very excited to get going with this project.”
Services ofered at the new health park include diagnostic testing, such as medical imaging, a cardiac lab and sleep studies. It will also be home to urgent care, physical therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, a pharmacy, community education, health screening and wellness services as well as a cafe. Future plance include an outpatient surgery center.
(Information taken for this article recently appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal.)
Libby Laguta was recently elected to American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Board of Directors. She joins an outstanding group of interior design professionals, who are passionate about the field of healthcare interior design and its dynamic environment.
“The appointment to the AAHID Board of Directors,” says Laguta, “provides a very important opportunity to advance the practice of healthcare interior design. The leadership of AAHID is committed to fostering a positive change for the association while creating the best environments for healing in healthcare.”
Laguta has over 30 years of healthcare sector experience and is a principal at CDH Partners, a Marietta, Georgia, based architectural design firm. Her experience includes interior design with hospitals, HMO’s, senior living communities, cancer treatment centers, and women and children’s specialty clinics. She also works with organizations to implement long-range interior design master plans.
As a principal and interior designer at CDH Partners, she uses her strong knowledge of materials and best practices to create healthcare spaces that promote wellness, enhance the patient experience, and enable excellent healthcare outcomes. She focuses on building long term relationships with her clients, which includes some of the Southeast’s largest healthcare providers.
She is a published author in interior design trade magazines and has written several articles for Atlanta Hospital News. She is also a nationally qualified interior designer and has completed projects in the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast United States.
Laguta has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.
CDH Partners is consistently one of the top 25 architectural firms in Georgia. It was founded in 1977; and over the years, CDH has repeatedly been recognized as one of the most progressive architectural firms in the state and the southeast.
(Editor’s note: The following article appeared recently in the Marietta Daily Journal. CDH Partners is the architectural design firm for this new health park facility.)
VININGS — WellStar Health System plans to open a three-story $77 million outpatient facility in Vinings in the fall of 2017.
Construction on the 162,000-square-foot facility near the intersection of Atlanta Road and Cumberland Parkway is expected to begin in early 2016.
It will be about two miles from Emory-Adventist Hospital, which closed around this time last year.
Joe Brywczynski, WellStar’s senior vice president of health parks development, said the health park being built on a 25-acre property will bring outpatient and physician services directly to the community.
“I think most people that know health care know that most of the growth over the last five years, and again projected into the next five years, has been on the outpatient side of health care,” Brywczynski said. “Technology, managed care — everything is kind of forcing things into a lower cost, more convenient setting.”
The company’s third health park in the county behind facilities in Acworth and east Cobb, WellStar Vinings Health Park is expected to offer an imaging center, urgent care, a sleep center, outpatient surgery, a bistro, physical therapy services, a community education and wellness center and more with a hotel-like design.
The first health park opened in Acworth three years ago, followed by east Cobb’s facility last year.
The Acworth health park has seen patient visits grow from 107,000 in its first year to 172,000 this year, while the east Cobb facility has grown from 128,000 patient visits in its first year with projections of 170,000 this year.
“There’s been tremendous growth and (community) acceptance at both facilities,” Brywczynski said.
Brywczynski said the area was chosen as the next health park location because of its high population density: The city has an estimated population of 51,270, according to U.S. Census numbers.
“We were hearing from consumers that they were having to take a day off work, or they were having to take kids out of school for a day, just traveling around for an x-ray, lab work, pharmacy or physician visit with travel, drive time and services spread throughout the entire community,” Brywczynski said. “So having services in one place, easy parking, in-and-out kind of services is a real advantage we think we have with the entire strategy.”
Mayor Max Bacon said he thinks the health park is a much-needed addition to the area.
“It’ll be great for our residents,” Bacon said. “If they have to use it, it’ll be there.”
Bacon said he liked that WellStar pledged to employ local people for the project.
“They’ve always been really good to give back to the community. They really have a commitment,” he said. “They don’t just come to take, they give.”
WellStar has also announced its plans for a facility in Cherokee County six months after the Vinings project is complete.
Recently, design leaders from across the country met in New Orleans for the annual Vision Awards. Heather Lombard and Rhea Jeanne Starnes were there to accept the 2015 Healthcare award for CDH Partners. The winning project was the WellStar Pediatric Center.
The goal for the overall design was to create a safe, ambient healthcare environment that reduces stress and improves patient outcomes by helping Children and their families feel relaxed and comfortable. The Center’s flooring design guides patients and their families easily through the facility. The highlight of the interior is the use of positive distractions that can make an otherwise negative experience one that children enjoy.
After viewing CDH’s entry, one juror said, “[The design] speaks of confidence and imagination. You walk into this environment under a rainbow. It’s almost like going to Disney World!”
Each year the Vision Awards attracts an impressive array of design entries from around the country. For the sixth consecutive year the projects exemplified the height of design innovation and excellence while utilizing flooring in unique and beautiful ways.
(Editor’s Note: CDH Partners is the Healthcare Winner for the 2015 Vision Design Awards.)
Chattanooga, TN, April 8, 2015 — Floor Focus Magazine is honored to announce the winners of the sixth annual Vision Design Awards. The competition was created to recognize design firms in a competition that judges the creative integration of flooring and architecture, and this year’s winners offer stellar examples of how flooring plays a key role in great design.
Architects and designers entered recent projects in five commercial building categories: Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Retail and Hospitality. This year’s winners are:
Grand Prize and Hospitality Winner
Project: The New York Palace – a hotel in New York City
Design Firm: Champalimaud in New York, NY
Project: Follett Headquarters in Westchester, IL
Design Firm: CannonDesign in Chicago, IL
Project: BZAEDS Innovation Lab in Chicago, IL
Design Firm: Eckenhoff Saunders Architects/Wonder by Design in Chicago, IL
Healthcare Winner Project: WellStar Pediatric Center in Kennesaw, GA Design Firm: CDH Partners in Marietta, GA
Project: Denver Broncos Team Store in Dove Valley, CO
Design Firm: Sink Combs Dethlefs in Denver, CO
Education Honorable Mention
Project: College of DuPage Naperville Regional Center
Design Firm: Edge Design
Hospitality Honorable Mention
Project: Miami International Airport Hotel
Design Firm: Heery International and Miami Dade County Aviation Department
Healthcare Honorable Mention
Project: The Baystate Children’s Specialty Center
Design Firm: Steffian Bradley Architects
Retail Honorable Mention
Project: The Market Place Community Center
Design Firm: Robinson Hill Architecture
The contest is sponsored by Bentley Mills, Tandus-Centiva, Crossville Tile, Johnsonite and Floor Focus Magazine. All product and firm names are stripped from the entries prior to judging so that judging is free of preference and prejudice. Floor Focus applauds these sponsors in their support of the concept of blind judging, ensuring that the contest awards and celebrates design for design’s sake.
(Editor’s note: CDH Partners has work with Northeast Georgia Medical Center for years on various project. The following information was published in The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Newsletter, Feb. 6, 2015.)
Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) isn’t just Georgia’s number one hospital for the second consecutive year, it’s also number 2 in the nation according to a recent study by CareChex, an independent healthcare quality rating service.
The CareChex study includes virtually all general, acute, non-federal U.S. hospitals and measures them across several categories including quality of medical care, outcomes of care and patient satisfaction. The 2015 study rated NGMC #2 in the nation for Overall Hospital Care.
“To be named one of the top three hospitals in the nation, between other industry icons like Mayo Clinic’s flagship campus in Rochester, Minn., and University of Michigan Health System, is quite an honor,” says Carol Burrell, president and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System. “Our clinical staff, support staff, providers, board members, volunteers and leaders bring a passion for excellence to the table each day – striving to be better tomorrow that we are today – and it shows.”
The CareChex study rated NGMC #1 in Georgia for Overall Hospital Care, Overall Medical Care and Overall Surgical Care – thus earning the distinction of Georgia’s #1 Hospital. The study also rated NGMC as:
Georgia’s #1 Surgery Hospital
Georgia’s #1 Heart Hospital
Georgia’s #1 Orthopedic Surgery Hospital
Georgia’s #1 Vascular Surgery Hospital
Georgia’s #1 Women’s Hospital
Georgia’s #1 Neurological Hospital
Georgia’s #1 Pulmonary Hospital
“Being rated #1 across so many different specialties speaks volumes about how our entire medical staff works together to improve the health of our community in all we do,” says Priscilla Strom, MD, chief of NGMC’s medical staff and a general surgeon with The Longstreet Clinic, PC. “The awards are just a byproduct of a team effort that saves and improves lives, one person at a time.”
The WellStar Pediatric Center means so much to the Cobb County, Georgia, community. This brightly lit facility contains state-of-the-art technology that was designed especially for children and students from birth to 21. CDH Partners designed it to be a relaxing environment that increases positive patient experiences while yielding better healthcare outcomes.
Interactive displays, electronic tablet stations, age appropriate seating, flat screen monitors, and window glazing make this center a place that children enjoy visiting. It also contains Urgent Care, MRI, doctor’s offices, and physical therapy. View the video here.
Editor’s note: In a recent short article on hospital safety, editors at U. S. News & World Report highlighted Paulding Hospital (a CDH design project) and the technology that is being used to keep patients safe.
The “Hospitals Make Progress on the Path to Safety” article noted WellStar Paulding Hospital has all private rooms and patient-facing handwashing stations to help prevent the spread of infection. The stations feature soap dispensers with wireless antennas that help ensure team members always wash hands upon entering a patient’s room.
The news feature also discussed the positioning of patient beds just one step away from the restrooms with lighted handrails that help eliminate middle-of-the-night falls when patients are hesitant to ask for assistance getting out of bed. Furthermore, the rooms comfortably accommodate family members. Click here to continue reading.
Editor’s note: Paulding Hospital was recently spotlighted in Healthcare Design Magazine. It is a CDH Partner’s design project. This new Paulding Hospital opened its doors in April 2014.
In 2009, WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Ga., just outside Atlanta, was facing a dramatic growth in its local population, with an average 3.45 percent increase expected annually in Paulding County over the next five years. This reality pushed the need to consider replacing its existing 50-year-old, 32-bed hospital.
However, the decision came at a time when the organization was struggling financially, says Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. Because of its commitment to the community and the potential for growth, WellStar decided to move forward. “We had a great culture,” Haney says, “and had been achieving strong metrics [for patient satisfaction and safety] once we started focusing on how to do things differently.” They decided to put that same focus on the design of its new building.
Getting it right
Project visioning began in 2009 and included a guiding principle sharply focused on safety. However, the project was quickly put on hold to await the outcome of the Affordable Care Act and how the legislation might affect the direction of its capital spending. In the meantime, WellStar continued its research on a new building by participating in The Center for Health Design’s (CHD) Pebble Project initiative.
Through the Pebble Project, Haney and his team visited peer facilities and heard from others on what they’d done on their own projects. “If I’d just researched all of this, I wouldn’t have soaked in all the knowledge that I did at this level,” Haney says. “The educational value of visual research by visiting other sites was extremely valuable.” He also says the effort allowed the team to think more innovatively and incorporate approaches into the building design that may not have been considered before. Please continue reading (click here).
The new CDH designed Paulding Hospital is the second phase for the 33-acre development located in Hiram, GA. This new hospital opened in April 2014 and has 56 beds and has the capacity for 112 beds. This state-of-the-art hospital is one of the safest in the country. Click here to view the video!
The WellStar East Cobb Health Park is set to open on September 15. It was recently spotlighted in the Marietta Daily Journal. For the past few years, WellStar Health System has worked with CDH Partners to provide an innovative delivery to healthcare for area residents. This health park venue offers a variety of out-patient services and wellness opportunities. The vision for these parks is to bring the services closer to the communities which they serve. Each park will become an integral part of the community and be utilized for medical services but also to serve such needs as fitness and health education. To read the MDJ article, please click here.
The WellStar Paulding Hospital, which is a CDH design project will be featured at the upcoming HCD September Design Showcase. The project will also be highlighted in the Healthcare Design Showcase Magazine and online. Click here to view this amazing project.
Editor’s note: The following article recently appeared in the online Marietta Daily Journal. CDH Partners designed the WellStar Pediatric Center, which is located on Barrett Parkway. The facility is scheduled to open on July 7,
When children step into the new WellStar Pediatric Center, they’ll think they walked into the ocean, not a doctor’s office. The 20,000-square-foot pediatric doctor’s office, which cost about $13 million, will open July 7 on Barrett Parkway near Cobb Parkway. The walls are painted light blue and green and the hallways, decorated with bubbles, seaweed and fish, curve through the building like waves.The one-floor building provides an environment that’s fun and inviting for children, said Dr. Avril Beckford, the chief pediatric officer for WellStar Health System and a member of its board.
“Our vision for this center was that a parent could walk in and feel like they were completely at home, and that it’s fun and it’s welcoming,” Beckford said.
WellStar Paulding Hospital, Designed by CDH Partners is featured in this month’s cover story in Health Facilities Management Magazine. The article is titled: “Safe and Sound.”
Safe and Sound
Informed design approaches help to prevent patient harm
WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, Ga., designed by CDH Partners, is another facility for which safety was a prime directive during design. Mark Haney, president, WellStar Paulding Hospital, explains that the hospital developed a program called “safety to the fourth power” to lead design decisions. This involved considering the safety of patients and their families, hospital staff, the community and the environment. “That was the banner they carried throughout the project,” says Mary Lindeman, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, senior project manager, CDH Partners. Please click here to read the entire article.
Later this summer WellStar Healthcare will open a children’s Pediatric center in NW Cobb County. This new facility has been designed for an extraordinary patient experience. “The challenge was to design a pediatric facility for a wide range of ages—from babies to adolescents,” says CDH project manager Rhea Jeanne Starnes.
“Many times rooms in other diagnostic centers will be colorful but this one takes color and design to another level. When it comes to imaging, WellStar is highly successful. There are children centers in place around the metro Atlanta area, but this center is different because it’s a specialty, multi-functional facility designed for kids.”
“WellStar really cares about the type of images they get, and they are using Phillips equipment, which is the top of the line. Phillips also delivers an “ambient” experience. This means that there are positive distractions built in through audio and visual technology, which is patient driven. This type of experience helps a patient relax and feel calm. It also provides better outcomes.”
Ambient lighting is soft and pleasing. It includes calming sounds for less stress and increased procedure efficiency. “Patients, in this case children, have to be really still for a long period of time, and the ambient experience can help them do this better. After all, it can be frightening to have a scan done when Mom or Dad are not as close as usual.”
WellStar is taking a further step by also including a Kitten Scanner in the facility. This is a small version of a larger scanner that is used to help children learn about their procedures. They can scan a dinosaur, a chicken, space man, or elephant. The model scanner scans the toy and then displays its “insides” on screen. This small screen helps to clarify the scanner’s purpose. As children play with the scanner, their attention is redirected to having fun rather than worrying about the upcoming procedure.
When designers for CDH saw the potential to increase the overall experience for patients and parents, they made a bold decision to use the ambient concept as a main design element. A large interactive screen will be located in the lobby and before they have their procedure, patients can choose what scene they would like to have in their MRI, CT, or X-Ray rooms. For example, if someone chooses a beach scene, his or her procedure room will be transform in to a beach, complete with tropical fish, and audio sounds.
“This is a place where I would want my son or daughter to go. But it is also a place where I would feel comfortable sitting and waiting while the procedure is done. We wanted a patient to walk in the door and be met with positive distractions that reduce stress and help them to feel calmer. There is light and color everywhere. So, it is really quite magical from the entrance through the entire building.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently for the Wellstar Paulding Hospital. It is a CDH Partners project, which opens on April 1, 2014. The 56-bed hospital is designed for future expansion that will grow to be a 112-bed facility.
Paulding is an eight-story, 250,000 square foot, Energy Star facility that offers core medical amenities that include emergency services for adults and children, an accredited chest pain center, and private patient rooms, telemetry and medical/surgical, surgery, GI and bronch services, along with ear, nose, and throat care.
Cancer therapies will be done on site. The hospital will also offer in patient and out patient imaging. Plus, it will have a state-of-the-art women’s imaging center.
CDH Partners began work on the green field site in Hiram, Georgia with a single medical office building completed in 2007.
The site was master planned for a future hospital and additional medical office building. CDH Partners continues to serve WellStar as the design firm for replacement hospital and the second medical office building. This facility is the second phase for the 33-acre development.