NEWS

NEUMANN TO SPEAK AT BOSTON SYMPOSIUM

On May 1, 2017 at the Patient Experience Symposium in Boston, E4H Partner Kevin Neumann, AIA will discuss the future of the patient room and share his design strategies for enhancing & advancing the patient experience. More Info on Symposium

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MICROHOSPITAL DESIGN STRATEGIES

Healthcare Design Magazine interviews Partner Rod Booze, AIA, NCARB, ACHA on design strategies for Microhospitals. Read more here

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LAWRENCE GENERAL CELEBRATES OPENING

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, on April 13th, celebrated Lawrence General Hospital’s new surgical center. Developed by E4H, the design concept of the newly opened Santagati Center focuses on safety, efficiency, and patient comfort. Seven new operating rooms expand the hospital’s capabilities, increasing by more than four times the old surgical space. The new 62,500SF center is also a showcase for the sophisticated technology required for complex surgeries. A hybrid operating room featuring specialized imaging and video capabilities can function as a minimally invasive procedure room while also adapting to a set up required for open surgical procedures.

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E4H GOES GREEN

Green Week is a week-long series of events celebrating sustainability during which E4H will offer their staff an opportunity to learn more about sustainable building and greener lifestyle ideals. This event will give E4H a chance to come together to create a collective firm vision of environmental responsibility.
It will kick off on Monday April 17th and end on Saturday April 22nd, the day of the National March for Science, a celebration of science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific and ecological community.
The full week of sustainability-focused presentations, workshops, and interactive experiences is designed to inspire E4H in new ways so that they can make a difference.
Two documentaries about global warming, Before the Flood and Chasing Ice, and a TED talk about the Cradle to Cradle concept will give insight on how climate change affects the environment and will challenge people to rethink consumption, green values, and human behavior.
“Being a leader in sustainability goes beyond the projects we create – it includes the culture of our business,” said Associate Partner Mackenzie McHale, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, E4H's Sustainability Champion.

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A CONTEMPORARY DESIGN APPROACH

How does the current healthcare landscape impact architectural design? Read Partner Chip Calcagni‘s take in Becker's Hospital Review. Read the Article

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"ONE-STOP SHOP" MEDICAL VILLAGE

E4H Partner Jennifer Arbuckle, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP explores the continuing trend towards an integrated, “one-stop shop” medical village as featured in VermontBiz. Read the Article

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SPACES IN EDS

Safe and therapeutic environments are critical in the design of behavioral health spaces in EDs. Read more in the article by Research Director Regan Henry, PhD, AIA, LEED AP, LSSBB, as featured in Medical Construction & Design. Read the Article

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VR ENHANCES HEALTHCARE DESIGN

Mike Bennett, AIA, EDAC, LSSGB, discusses Virtual Reality (VR) as the new medium for design communication and how it is changing the way architects work. Building Design + Construction features the exploration of this tool through Bennett's insights.  Read the Article

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PATIENT FLOW FOR ED THROUGHPUT

Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association's recent event took a deeper look at some of the common ED throughput challenges faced by hospitals today. E4H was pleased to help sponsor the program. 

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E4H AWARDED PRIMARY CARE SUITE

E4H was selected to design a primary care suite for the Bulfinch Medical Group. We are so excited to expand our relationship with our client Massachusetts General Hospital.

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ENHANCING AUTISM TREATMENT

Partner Jaques Black, AIA, weighs in on how innovative facility designs can enhance autism treatment. Read the article

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TRANSFORMING EMERGENCY CARE

Regan Henry, PhD, AIA, Leed AP, LSSBB, explores innovations transforming the way emergency care is provided as featured in Becker's Hospital Review.  Read the article here 

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E4H SUPPORTS MAINE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

E4H is a proud sponsor of Maine Hospital Association's Small or Rural Hospital Conference Feb 15-17. E4H attends the event to support their clients and to stay apprised of issues facing all hospitals in Maine. Read About the Conference

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FLOORING SELECTION

Medical Construction & Design features Healthcare Flooring article co-authored by Associate Partner Joanne MacIsaac, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, and Associate Joy Bartolotta, RID, EDAC, LEED AP. Read more to find out why flooring selection is integral to healthcare design.  Read the Article

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CRITICAL NEEDS OF ICU

Partner Erick Westerholm, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, expounds on ICU design as Healthcare Design explores its critical needs. Read the article

 

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PROMOTING WELLNESS THROUGH FLOORING

Senior Interior Designer Lisa Bonnet, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, provides her insights on the use of flooring to promote wellness in healthcare. http://greenoperations.net/healing-design-how-floor-covering-promotes-wellness-in-healthcare/

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TRANSFORMING BIOMEDICAL IMAGING

E4H is proud to be selected to design a new cryo electron microscope biomedical imaging facility in the heart of Boston's Longwood Medical Area. The multi-institutional initiative will allow researchers to visualize a single molecule at an atomic resolution which will afford a deeper understanding of a cells architecture and how they operate. http://bit.ly/2ktHPBw

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BECKER LISTS TOP HEALTHCARE LEADERS

We’re honored to work with so many of these health systems and their leaders across the country, helping to transform their delivery of care by designing environments that facilitate efficient and effective treatment. Congratulations to LifePoint Health, Dignity Health, Hospital Corporation of America, Community Health Systems, Northwell Health, Tenet Healthcare, Surgical Care Affiliates, and Ascension for making Becker’s Hospital Review’s list. Read the Article

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HEALTHLEADERS MEDIA FEATURES ROD BOOZE

Healthleaders Media article features E4H's predicted design trends and an interview with Partner Rod Booze with his thoughts around Microhospitals. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/community-rural/top-5-healthcare-design-ideas-2017

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E4H APPOINTS NEW CFO

E4H announced the appointment of Larry LeMaster, CPA, as the firm’s new Chief Financial Officer. Based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth E4H office, LeMaster brings an impressive background in finance within architecture businesses and will join the executive leadership team to provide his expertise to assist the firm to hit its strategic goals.

LeMaster will work closely with founding partners Dan Morris and Jill Boardman, as well as leadership from all five national offices. “We're excited to have Larry on board, as he brings a wealth of knowledge in growing a multi-region healthcare architecture platform,” said Morris.

E4H offers comprehensive architectural services in healthcare design. With 140 healthcare planners and architects in offices across the United States, the firm has collectively completed more than 5,000 healthcare projects over the past three decades. The E4H portfolio includes over $5 billion in projects, encompassing community hospitals, academic medical centers, life science laboratories, R&D space, children's hospitals, behavioral health facilities, ambulatory care centers, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living, and medical office buildings. Services include master planning, architecture, and interior design.

“As we continue to grow and make acquisitions, Larry’s expertise will help us implement best in class ERP systems and other business practices to ensure we serve our clients effectively,” said Rod Booze, Partner at E4H’s Dallas/Ft. Worth office. “With Larry joining the team, we are well positioned for a long-term, sustained growth strategy.”

Before joining E4H, LeMaster served as Executive Vice President, CFO at Wilson Associates, where he set and enforced all strategic initiatives including M&A, financial performance, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, and firm value management. Prior to that role, LeMaster spent 22 years at HKS, Inc., rising through the ranks from Controller to Vice President of Finance and ultimately Principal, CFO. He helped the company open nine new offices and navigate eight acquisitions during the early 2000s. LeMaster was instrumental in helping HKS recover from the 2008 financial crisis that slowed construction spending.

In 2007, LeMaster received the “Stevie Award” naming him Best CFO of the Year in the U.S. The following year, Dallas Business Journal named him a finalist for Best CFO of the Year, Dallas 2008. A Texas native, LeMaster received his BBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Texas, where he joined Alpha Kappa Psi, the National Business Fraternity, and served as Vice President and chair of various committees.

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2017 PREDICTIONS ON HEALTHCARE DESIGN

Find out E4H's Predictions on Healthcare Facility Design in 2017. Read the forecast in Becker's Hospital Review. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/facilities-management/5-predictions-on-healthcare-facility-design-in-2017.html

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A REMINDER OF WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

"Regardless of what may follow the outcome of the presidential election in this country, our collective mission to enhance caring, kindness and compassion in the experience of patients, families and healthcare workers has never been more important." Excerpt from A View from a Hospital Window on Election Day by Susan Frampton, Planetree President. http://planetree.org/

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E4H HELPS TO FIGHT HUNGER

Amidst the holiday season, E4H Ascension Group has teamed with Numana, a non-profit group, to serve the hungry. Their projected goal is to package up to 20,000 meals that will be sent to Haiti to help hurricane victims. 

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THIBOUTOT JOINS LIFE SCIENCES TEAM

Luke Thiboutot, AIA, joins the Boston office of E4H as a senior associate, building on the strength of the Life Sciences team. Thiboutot specializes in the design of research laboratories for medical institutions, most notably Boston Children's Hospital. http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/potmsearch/detail/submission/6382320/Luke_Thiboutot?l=&time=&ind=&type=&ro=3

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NORTHWELL HEALTH'S SOUTHSIDE HOSPITAL

Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bayshore, NY, recently completed the conversion of a Psychiatric Inpatient Unit into 2 distinct units: a 6-bed Pediatric Inpatient Unit and a 9-bed Med/Surg Unit. The 13,400SF renovation includes patient rooms & lobby renovations, infrastructure & security improvements, new office space & shared support spaces.

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EMMC IN HEALTH FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Phase 1 of a multiphase $247M modernization of Eastern Maine Medical Center is featured in Health Facilities Management. http://www.hfmmagazine.com/articles/2590-first-phase-of-new-eastern-maine-medical-center-patient-tower-opens

 

 

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BOOZE ON MICROHOSPITAL GROWTH

Rod Booze, AIA, Partner at E4H, shares his insights on Microhospitals. Read more about this growing solution for healthcare systems. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/facilities-management/microhospitals-a-growing-solution-for-healthcare-systems-to-provide-cost-effective-local-care.html

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E4H AT HEALTHCARE DESIGN EXPO IN TX

Healthcare Design Expo & Conference is Nov 12-15. Stop by Gallery #31 and meet our E4H team. Looking forward to seeing you there! http://www.hcdexpo.com/conference/about-the-conference/

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RIZZA ON CREATING COMFORTING DESIGN

“Architects have the unique opportunity through the built environment to create a place where many of the most nurturing attributes come together to support the patient and the family,” Associate Partner Charles Rizza, AIA, tells Health Facilities Management Magazine in a recent article. http://bit.ly/2fwg39Z

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E4H MODERATES AT BOSTON HEALTHCARE FORUM

Is the Retailization of Healthcare here to stay? Septima Maclaurin, E4H Business Development Director explores the trend as a moderator, in a panel discussion at the Boston Healthcare Expansion Forum. https://lnkd.in/dfDY64q

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BLACK & MORRIS ON QUIETER ENVIRONMENTS

Designing Quieter Healthcare Environments: Smart Design Goes A Long Way – Partners Jaques Black, AIA and Dan Morris, AIA write about noise reduction as a meaningful improvement in the design of healthcare facilities.

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BLACK TO PRESENT AT PLANETREE CONFERENCE

Jaques Black, AIA, Partner at E4H and Catherine Lord, Ph.D., renowned autism expert and Director of the Center for Autism will be presenting Healthy Environments for Autism at The Planetree Conference in Chicago on Monday October 31st.
The presentation will explore the dynamics between the built environment and the behavior of individuals with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Black and Lord collaborated in the design of The Center for Autism and Developing Brain new state-of-the-art facility.
http://www.e4harchitecture.com/portfolio/mental_health/166-Center_for_Autism_and_the_Developing_Brain

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LAWRENCE GENERAL'S NEW SURGICAL CENTER

Lawrence General Hospital and E4H MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health, recently celebrated the official opening of the hospital’s expanded and renovated surgical space with a building dedication ceremony. The Santagati Center takes its name from Richard and Marilyn Santagati, Lawrence natives and longtime supporters of the hospital. In attendance were Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, as well as Dianne Anderson, President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital and many donors to the project. Lawrence General, E4H, and construction company Bond Brothers Inc. broke ground in April 2015 and completed the project within the timeline and budget

The $56 million project consists of a new 46,000-square-foot surgical building and 15,000-square-foot renovation to the existing Day Surgery and Pre-Admission Testing departments. The Santagati Center will feature seven new operating rooms with state of the art technology required for more complex surgical procedures. The largest room is a hybrid operating room that will allow for high quality imaging and interventional radiology services to be performed during procedures.

“Key to our success was the hospital staffs’ commitment to collaborating with us on essential design features they desired for both patient care and their own work spaces,” said Dan Morris, Partner, E4H. “With staff input and our Smart Facility Design we were able to maximize the investment to create a master facility plan that meets the needs of today’s patients and staff – but will also serve the hospital well into the future.”

“This beautiful new facility replaces operating rooms that have stood this hospital and the community in good stead for fifty years,” observed Dianne J. Anderson, RN, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital. “Our surgeons and surgical staff will now have a space that supports the newest surgical technology, making care more efficient, safer and keeping it closer to home. This hospital is positioned now to support the evolving needs of our patients and our surgeons for many years to come.’

Critical to the planning process, E4H worked with Lawrence General Hospital to conduct an assessment of existing conditions and assets and provided master planning services to expand the hospital’s facilities. Beginning in November 2014, E4H worked extensively with hospital staff utilizing collocation and design development efforts. Focus groups provided valuable feedback to identify and address the needs of the departmental space program, resulting in an improved Surgical Services Department that is completely inclusive within the hospital. The remodeled and newly constructed buildings flow seamlessly, allowing for improved way-finding and providing an upgraded patient experience.

Additional Renovations
In line with the growing desire for single patient rooms seen in hospitals across the U.S., inpatient renovations created an inpatient unit with nine single patient rooms. Each private room incorporates a family area to comfortably accommodate overnight guests.

E4H also assisted Lawrence General Hospital with relocating and upgrading the Intensive Care Unit. The upgrades to this space allow for greater access to private single patient rooms. Adjacent to the ICU, the existing Critical Care Unit received upgraded interior finishes allowing for a single cohesive department to be developed with the ICU. This renovation project was heavily phased to allow patient care to continue during construction. The hospital, architect, and construction manager paid close attention to ensure patient safety and well-being remained top priority. The completion of these projects freed up much needed space to begin the Day Surgery phase of the project, slated for completion in July 2017.

 

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E4H ARCHITECTURE IS GROWING

“With healthcare as one of the most rapidly changing industries, our firm continues a steady growth pattern of attracting highly qualified staff,” said Dan Morris, Partner at E4H. “The key to a successful organization is having talented specialists who understand the challenges posed by today’s changing healthcare landscape and how to best advise on the right alternatives to fulfill each unique healthcare design challenge.”

Lauren Mead, Business Development Director - NY
Rika Gunawan, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Senior Interior Designer - NY
Mackenzie McHale, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC Associate Partner - TX
Angie Contreras, Healthcare Designer - TX
Mytron L. Smith, Project Coordinator - TX
Yasmeen Khan, Project Coordinator - TX Rebekka Baker, Project Coordinator - TX
Alexa Copeland, Project Coordinator - MA
Tanya Demers, Staff Accountant - VT
Janet Tatten, PHR, Human Resources Director - MA
Luke V. Thiboutot, AIA, Senior Associate - MA

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RETHINKING PATIENT BATHROOM DESIGN

We are pleased to share with you Bill Repichowskyj’s bathroom design article in the Sept./Oct. issue of Medical Construction & Design Magazine. Medical Construction & Design is the industry’s leading source for news, technology and methods.  http://mcdmag.epubxp.com/i/726450-sep-oct-2016/28

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MCD FEATURES DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK

Medical Construction & Design profiled an E4H project groundbreaking of Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system's, Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Read More

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MACKENZIE MCHALE JOINS E4H

Mackenzie McHale, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, joins E4H Ascension Group as an associate partner. McHale specializes in healthcare facilities architecture and has more than 14 years of experience designing buildings that facilitate healing and promote wellness. Her portfolio includes work with Baylor All Saints Medical Center on its renovation and expansion of the emergency department and with Covenant Health System, for which she provided a comprehensive master plan to reconfigure its facilities to support the efficient delivery of healthcare. Other notable projects include Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Providence Memorial Hospital and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Prior to re-joining E4H Ascension Group, McHale was vice president at HKS, where she was responsible for supporting and coordinating the efforts of the project team and consultants throughout each phase of project development.

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HEALTHCARE DESIGN INTERVIEWS DAN MORRIS

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LEED GOLD FOR UVMMC'S MOTHER BABY UNIT

UVM Medical Center’s Mother Baby Unit, was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification. This $15.8M project designed by E4H MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health upgraded rooms that were over 50 years old, relocating them to the same floor as the nursery as well as labor and delivery rooms, improving patient transport and communication. The 22 new private rooms are larger, and create a calm and nurturing environment for new families. E4H MorrisSwitzer has worked with UVM Medical Center for over 25 years, in nearly every department of the hospital.

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E4H LEADS EMMC DESIGN MODERNIZATION

E4H - MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health, announced details about its ongoing architectural projects which are facilitating the modernization of Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC), the flagship medical center for Eastern Maine Health System.

The EMMC modernization project is focused on creating opportunities for the Bangor-based hospital to adapt to emerging technology and modern procedures while accommodating increased demand on a limited footprint. In early June EMMC opened its new main entrance (the Penobscot Pavilion,) a NICU, and cardiac care unit.

“Eastern Maine residents and hospital staff will see some major enhancements to the facility including a 361,000-square foot patient tower,” said Dan Morris, Partner, E4H. “This project incorporates the latest advances in evidence-based design. Views of nature, natural light, decentralized nurses’ stations, adaptable-acuity single patient rooms, patient lifts, and respite areas for patient families and staff are all incorporated into the design of the new tower.”

With expansive views of the adjacent Penobscot River, the tower will support a new main lobby, cafe, heart and vascular care space, surgical suite, NICU, two floors of private patient rooms, and a newly renovated labor and delivery center.

The private rooms are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of patients, and provide a warm and relaxing atmosphere for healing by surrounding the patient with organic textures and ample natural light.

The 29 single-bassinet rooms in the new NICU are designed to accommodate around-the-clock care for EMMC's most vulnerable patients. The NICU, 25 postpartum rooms, 32 inpatient telemetry rooms, and the 24-bed critical care unit all feature rooming-in accommodations for families, improving patient outcomes by enhancing the family's role in the healing process.

The new facility will also include 14 operating rooms with pre-op and PACU, as well as a new sterile processing department. Two of the new operating rooms will be hybrid ORs equipped with advanced medical imaging devices, enabling minimally invasive surgery. The design of these areas focused intensely on infection control, taking into account the carefully orchestrated workflow of the surgeons and staff, as well as creating a separate, dedicated sterile pathway for supplies and instruments. The spaces are connected to the existing ambulatory surgery department, creating one of the largest, most comprehensive surgery centers in the state.

The patient tower is being constructed by a construction management joint venture between Cianbro Corp.(Pittsfield, Maine) and Brasfield & Gorrie (Birmingham, Ala.) and will open in 2017.

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MERGER OF THREE HEALTHCARE DESIGN FIRMS

Three of the country’s leading healthcare architectural firms have merged: MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health, Ascension Group Architects, and daSilva Architects are now Environments for Health Architecture (E4H). Each firm focused exclusively on healthcare design, and has a history of innovation, agility, and state-of-the-art technical expertise specific to the healthcare sector.

E4H offers comprehensive architectural services in healthcare design, with an expanded depth of experience, talent, and geographic reach. The firm has 130 healthcare planners and architects in offices across the United States, and has collectively completed more than 5,000 healthcare projects over the past three decades. The E4H portfolio includes over $5 billion in projects, encompassing community hospitals, academic medical centers, life science laboratories, R&D space, children's hospitals, mental health facilities, ambulatory care centers, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living, and medical office buildings. Services include healthcare planning, architecture, and interior design.

“Healthcare providers and life sciences businesses have a unique set of needs; balancing the delivery of care with business imperatives requires a deep understanding of this rapidly changing industry,” said Dan Morris, Partner, E4H. “E4H now offers both a knowledge of the local healthcare market and access to an expanded talent and experience pool that will benefit our clients enormously.”

With 100% of its practice devoted to healthcare and health innovation, E4H focuses on delivering Lean solutions to provide value, maximize the quality of care, and reduce overall costs. Each office will maintain its leadership team and staff, building upon existing strengths to create exceptional healthcare environments.

 

About E4H
E4H, an architecture firm exclusively focused on the healthcare industry, is dedicated to creating flexible environments for health that enhance the well-being of patients and families through Smart Facility Design. Formed in 2016 through the merger of three firms – MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health, Ascension Group Architects, and daSilva Architects – E4H has more than three decades of experience, more than 5,000 projects completed, and locations across the United States. The privately held company is uniquely positioned to solve complex challenges posed by today’s changing healthcare landscape. Its unique solutions create environments that are economically and environmentally sustainable.

MorrisSwitzer E4H, the New England branch of E4H, has been a full service architecture firm committed exclusively to the design of healthcare facilities for more than 25 years. The MorrisSwitzer team is well known for their groundbreaking Lean design, collaborative process, and commitment to improving patient care.

daSilva E4H, based in New York, has 35 years of healthcare design innovation experience. The team has worked extensively at most of the major medical centers in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut providing client-centered service, patient-centered design, and award winning interiors.

Ascension Group E4H develops award-winning architecture and interior design for facilities across the South and Western United States. Launched in 2001 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, Ascension Group specializes in rapid design processes, large project implementation, and innovative design for physicians and corporate healthcare clients.

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E4H ACHIEVES PROJECT MILESTONE ON UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MEDICAL CENTER EXPANSION

UVM Medical Center's $187 million initiative has broken ground with a new inpatient bed building, named the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building, for two well-known area philanthropists. The project, approved in 2016 and slated for completion in 2019, will facilitate the medical center’s ability to ensure patient safety and quality of care, enhance the patient experience, and provide greater operational efficiencies.
MorrisSwitzer E4H designed the new building with the goal of enhancing quality, privacy, and healing, while providing more room for families. Private rooms have been shown to be effective in preventing hospital-acquired infections, reducing patient’s requests for pain medication, and improving patient satisfaction. The project is on target for LEED Silver Certification, supporting UVM Health System's commitment to sustainable design and construction.

Building Features
• Four inpatient floors of 32-single-occupancy medical-surgical, telemetry capable rooms, for a total of 128 private rooms with private bathrooms, increasing the medical center’s single-rooms from 40% to 90%.
• Each private patient room will have a medical/surgical telemetry bed and enhanced monitoring capability.
• Enhanced in-room technology will cut down on patient transfers, assist with infection control, and vastly improve the patient experience by increasing privacy and reducing noise.
• Patient rooms will include space for supporting family members as well as ample natural light.

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RED BALLOON RUN AND RIDE

The Red Balloon Run and Ride is a family friendly 5K Run and Bicycle Rally held at Children's Medical Center Plano. Family and friends of Ascension Group Architects supported the rally by partcipating in this charitable event. 

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BLACK TO SPEAK AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Jaques Black, AIA, Partner, will be a speaker at the 24th International Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services Conference at Yale University. He will be discussing "Healthy Environments for Autism," highlighting the dynamic between the built environment - with its attributes of acoustics, visual character, spatial quality, color, texture, geometry etc. - and the behavior of individuals with Autism.

A case study of The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) that Mr. Black designed for the New York-Presbyterian Hospital will emphasize how the design of the built environment can affect the behavior of persons with Autism.

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CANSTRUCTION® COMPETITION

"Canstruction® is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the Cansculptures® go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations." 

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HENRY ADDS DEPTH TO MASTER PLANNING TEAM

Regan Henry, PhD, RA, AIA, LEED AP, GBSS recently joined the MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health Burlington, VT office.  Regan is a licensed architect with 10 years of architectural experience. She has a doctorate in molecular biology from University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, and a Masters in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Regan is highly proficient in AutoCad, REVIT, and SketchUp, and will be joining the Master Planning team, bringing a unique research based perspective to healthcare delivery.  She will also be advancing the firm's initiatives in evidenced-based design and planning.

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GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER

Every year, for the past 5 years, Ascension Group Architects has made it a mission to organize and carry out a Golf Tournament fundraiser. This event brings together professionals in the architecture, engineering, and construction field, creating a fun networking environment, and at the same time raising funds for the Dallas based Charitable Youth World group, which helps children in the community have a place to go after school, or during the summer in which they can play, learn, and have fun.

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AUTISM FACILITY RECOGNIZED

In 2010, Julia Ormond received an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Eustacia Cutler in the HBO movie “Temple Grandin.” That same year she presented the award to Eustacia Cutler herself. Six years later the two women presented together the same award to Dr. Catherine Lord, Director of the Center for Autism and The Developing Brain, a facility designed by Jaques Black, AIA.

The project, a joint program of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Departments of Psychiatry of Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in partnership with New York Collaborates for Autism, involved converting a former men’s gym building in a landmarked behavioral healthcare building on New York Presbyterian’s White Plains, N.Y. campus.

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MERCY MEDICAL CENTER OPENS THE SISTER CARITAS CANCER CENTER

Springfield, MA - Mercy Medical Center recently opened the state-of-the-art Sister Caritas Cancer Center which consolidated outpatient cancer care programs into one collaborative space. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health designed the $15M, 26,000SF renovation and expansion which improves the patient experience by increasing privacy and creating a calm, nurturing environment.  The new Medical Oncology Treatment space includes 32 spacious infusion bays and 2 private infusion rooms featuring personal televisions and accommodations for supporting family members or friends. The Medical Oncology Clinic provides 12 calming exam rooms designed with a natural palette of colors, and support space for physician-led collaborative treatment teams which aim to address the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients.

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BLACK PRESENTS "MILES FROM BEDLAM: THE PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY."

Jaques Black, Partner, recently presented "Miles from Bedlam: The Psychiatric Facility in the 21st Century " at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo Conference in Chicago. The presentation focused on the special concerns and design decisions leading to the creation of non-threatening physical environments for clients and patients with special behavioral health care needs. From the effect of color, and furniture selections to acoustical issues and the effects of natural light and air on patient outcomes, he will address the special concerns and design issues related to the creation of non-threatening environments that lead to patient safety and better clinical outcomes.

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WCGH LAUNCHES PLANNING FOR NEW ED

Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH)  in Belfast, ME has launched  planning for a new Emergency Department expansion and renovation, targeting a Spring 2017 groundbreaking. The initial study, conducted by MorrisSwitzer, will explore both the department location and appropriate size to meet the patient volume and acuity levels now impacting the community. WCGH has merged with Pen Bay Healthcare in Rockport, Maine to form Coastal Healthcare Alliance. This new organization is also a member of MaineHealth in Portland. 

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TAGLIENTI PRESENTS ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Dale Taglienti, LEED AP, Partner, recently presented " Behavioral Health Spaces: Codes & Considerations" for the Massachusetts Healthcare Facilities Professional Society.  The presentation focused on behavioral health space design and included examples of how to adapt and create environments that accommodate behavioral health patients' specific needs, as well as address codes, regulations, and appropriate materials. Dale also reviewed the detailed requirements and nuances of DPH regulation and security for behavioral health spaces in hospital and clinical environments - Emergency, Inpatient, and Outpatient. 

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NEWPORT HOSPITAL SELECTS MORRISSWITZER FOR STRATEGIC FACILITIES PLAN

Newport, RI - Newport Hospital, a Lifespan Partner,  recently selected MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health to create a strategic facilities plan for the hospital. Building upon previous strategic planning exercises, the hospital is seeking a roadmap to support its goal of providing the best quality care at the best value to its community. MorrisSwitzer will explore use of facilities, service line locations, and help position the hospital for success in its unique market.

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ST. JOSEPH RECEIVES "BEST IN MAINE"

IIDA New England recently awarded MorrisSwitzer a "Best in Maine" award for their interior design of St. Joseph Healthcare's Internal Medicine project. This 23,000SF medical office building is light-filled and calming, with a hospitality-focused environment for patients and staff.

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NORTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES CON APPROVAL

Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) recently announced that the Green Mountain Care Board approved two Certificate of Need applications for major projects at the hospital. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health is working with NMC on multiple projects including integrating their Medical Surgical and Intensive Care units into a single unit and converting to all private rooms. Additionally a new Medical Office Building was also approved, increasing NMC's ability to provide outpatient care. The projects are still in the process of local and state permitting. 

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HCD ADVISORY BOARD APPOINTMENT

William D. Repichowskyj, AIA, Partner at MorrisSwitzer Environments for Health was recently named to the editorial advisory board of Healthcare Design (HCD). Healthcare Design Magazine is a resource for architects, designers, and hospitals that features trends and breakthroughs in healthcare facility design. HCD also collaborates with the Center for Health Design and the American Institute of Architects to host the annual Healthcare Design Conference, which draws thousands for educational sessions on innovations and best practices in healthcare planning & design. Bill has been an active participant in the healthcare design community for over 25 years and presented with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Herman Miller at the 2015 HCD conference on Patient-Centered Medical Home models and their impact on ambulatory care design.

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MORRISSWITZER WELCOMES NEW PARTNER

Kevin Neumann, AIA, joins MorrisSwitzer’s Boston office as a Partner, bringing more than 30 years of expertise and strategic vision to hundreds of healthcare projects.  Kevin has maintained long-standing relationships at leading academic medical centers and is committed to continually improving the planning and design process.  He has a strong track record of designing high-quality, energy efficient projects that maximize operational efficiency.  Kevin will take a leadership role in the company, sharing his expertise as a mentor and passion for integrating Patient-Centered Care and Lean work flow into the creation of sustainable Ambulatory and Acute Care environments for health.

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ALICE PECK DAY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL GROUNDBREAKING

Lebanon, NH - Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital recently held a groundbreaking for its new Multi-Specialty Clinic, designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health. This 44,000SF building, costing approximately $11M,  will house most of the outpatient services of the hospital in one location, including primary & family care, orthopedics & general surgery, diagnostic imaging, phlebotomy, pediatrics, physical & occupational therapy, and women’s care. The two-story building is designed to improve patient and staff flow, communication, and convenience. The exteriors complement the other facilities on the APD campus and echo the New Hampshire vernacular, creating a welcoming environment for patients and staff. 

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MORRISSWITZER DESIGNS SPACE FOR GROUNDBREAKING MRI TECHNOLOGY AT BEVERLY HOSPITAL

Danvers, MA - The first of its kind in North America, Beverly Hospital at Danvers will soon open a new Phillips In-Bore MRI and Ambient Experience. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health worked closely with the hospital and Philips engineers to fully understand the unique architectural, engineering, and construction challenges for system, while creating a space designed to maximize the technology and create a calming patient experience.

The MRI experience can be stress inducing for many, cramped spaces and loud noises combined with medical anxiety led to Beverly Hospital reporting that 10-15% of patients were unable to complete MRI exams. The Philips in-bore Ambient Experience MRI machine integrates soothing music, lights, and imagery both in the room and inside the machine, giving patients the opportunity to customize their experience, and reduce stress.

The MRI room is specially designed to adapt this technology to US standards and integrate it into the patient experience. MorrisSwitzer worked closely with Beverly Hospital to create efficient and seamless storage, maximize the visibility for the MRI technicians, and create a soothing atmosphere where technology and patient comfort intersect.

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CREATING PLACE THROUGH LEGOS

South Burlington, VT – CityFest 2015 celebrating the 150th Anniversary of South Burlington included MorrisSwitzer and other local architects creating Architectural Sketches through the use of Legos at the City Center: Creating Place Booth. The Architectural Sketches were made into interactive displays with visitors encouraged to alter the Lego creations. The MorrisSwitzer design approach allowed staff to create their own unique pieces (with the only rule being that they could not exceed a 12 dot x 12 dot footprint) during a series of lunch design charrettes. Once a number of these individual pieces were created, Team MorrisSwitzer spent the last charrettes combining the individual pieces together to form a cohesive whole.

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MORRISSWITZER DESIGNS TWO HEALTH CENTERS IN ONEIDA

Oneida, NY - The Dreamcatcher Plaza in Oneida, New York will soon be home to two new outpatient clinics, both designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health. Opening in early 2016, the Oneida Nation Health Services building and the Bassett Oneida Health Center will provide comprehensive care to the public as well as to Oneida Nation members, families, and employees. Totaling 24,000SF, both projects are adaptive re-use of retail facilities, and were created to provide preventative care and convenient services in an accessible location.

The Oneida Nation will consolidate multiple healthcare services into this new space. Working closely with the Nation, the design focuses on a holistic approach, incorporating state-of-the-art medical services, education, and preventative care in one location. Primary care, dental care, behavioral health, and community health, as well as diabetes care and education will be located in this facility, which is designed to incorporate the values and symbols of the Oneida Nation.

Bassett Healthcare Network has over 20 community-based healthcare centers across the region. The Bassett Oneida Health Center will provide primary care services to the public including family healthcare services, lab work, x-ray/imaging, and radiology. The Bassett facility will also support the Oneida Nation clinic with laboratory and radiology, increasing the availability of these services to the community. Designed to accommodate changes in demand, the Health Center will open with space for two providers but can flex up to accommodate additional providers should there be increased need.

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INPATIENT PROJECT FOR ELIZABETHTOWN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL RECEIVES CON APPROVAL

Elizabethtown, NY - Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH), part of the University of Vermont Health Network, received CON approval for a $10M upgrade to their inpatient unit. Designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health, this project includes patient room replacement, new infrastructure, and interior updates.

The inpatient unit project focuses on meeting the patient-centered goals of the hospital while working within a finite footprint. New, decentralized nursing stations will allow for more effective care, and private bathrooms in all inpatient rooms will be provided to increase accessibility for caregivers and patients with limited mobility. Wider hallways will also improve access for patients with walkers or wheelchairs, allowing both patients and staff to navigate with ease.

The infrastructure upgrade will allow ECH to keep pace with emerging technology and improve patient comfort with new HVAC systems. The interior design will reflect the surrounding Adirondack mountains, creating a peaceful and nature inspired atmosphere.

MorrisSwitzer has a long-term relationship with Elizabethtown Community Hospital and recently designed their new Au Sable Forks Clinic for primary care, as well as the recent Westport Health Center expansion and renovation project, both in New York State.

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UVM MEDICAL CENTER COMPLETES NEW MOTHER-BABY UNIT

The recently completed Mother-Baby unit for University of Vermont Medical Center, designed by MorrisSwitzer, provides 22 private rooms for new mothers. This $15.8M project upgraded rooms that were over 50 years old, relocating them to the same floor as the nursery  as well as labor and delivery rooms, improving patient transport and communication.

The new private rooms are larger, and create a calm and nurturing environment for new families. Each room includes a Murphy bed for supporting partners or family, as well as updated technology which includes touch pads for patients to communicate their needs to staff. Additionally the new unit includes "border rooms" for mothers who have been discharged while their babies are still in-treatment. These overnight rooms allow mothers to bond and breast-feed their babies on-site, while freeing up Mother-Baby rooms for other patients.

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COHEN RANKS TOP 25 IN CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS

The  Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York was recently ranked one of the top 25 children's hospitals in the world. Ranked by capacity, annual visits, unique features, and programs, the list includes world recognized leaders in pediatric care. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health provided both the master plan and implementation for Cohen's new six-story addition which includes a new pediatric emergency department, PICU and medical/surgical unit.

http://www.healthcare-administration-degree.net/50-most-amazing-childrens-hospitals-in-the-world/

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UVM MEDICAL CENTER GRANTED CON

The University of Vermont Medical Center’s Certificate of Need application was recently approved for a new $187.3M, 128-bed inpatient building. Designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health, the project will improve the quality of care in the state of Vermont and provide a better patient experience. 

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GIFFORD MEDICAL CENTER'S MENIG NURSING HOME CELEBRATES RIBBON CUTTING

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Gifford Medical Center's Menig Nursing Home was recently held, marking the official opening of the 31,00SF skilled nursing facility, designed by MorrisSwitzer. The new facility is part of Gifford's Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community in Randolph Center, VT. The 30 skilled nursing beds are divided between 2 wings, with a centralized nursing station that provides monitoring and support to the resident areas as well as the "Main Street"; an open area containing the dining hall with open kitchen, recreation area, salon, and multi-purpose meeting room. The resident wings each include a lounge area with a fireplace and library for activities and social visits.  Vaulted ceilings and large windows bring in natural light to the hallways, and offer residents and staff views of the mountains and pastoral settings surrounding the site. 

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ALICE PECK DAY TO BUILD NEW MULTI-SPECIALTY CLINIC

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (APD) recently received board approval on the design and construction of a new outpatient medical office building and phase two of hospital renovations. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health is working closely with APD to design the new 44,000SF building which will provide multiple outpatient services in one comprehensive care location. The Hospital renovations include updates to the lobby, same-day surgery, registration, and  radiology departments. Both projects will be designed to support communication, teamwork, and high quality healthcare.

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LAWRENCE GENERAL HOSPITAL GROUNDBREAKING

The new surgical center for Lawrence General Hospital recently broke ground, launching the 18 month construction of the new 45,000SF, $56M surgical facility. The master plan for LGH, also developed by MorrisSwitzer, includes inpatient renovations and infrastructure improvements already under construction. The new surgical facility will allow local residents to undergo complex surgical procedures without traveling to Boston and will create new jobs at the hospital. The project includes six new operating rooms, including a swing catheterization laboratory and an interventional radiology room.

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COBLESKILL REGIONAL HOSPITAL ED NEARING COMPLETION

The $4M renovation and expansion of Basset Healthcare Network's Cobleskill Regional Hospital Emergency & Radiology Department is under construction and near completion. Key donors and community members will tour the first two phases of construction. The project, designed to improve patient flow and efficiency, comprises 2,000SF of new space and the renovation of 5,500SF in the existing ED.

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DIETER GARTNER JOINS BOSTON OFFICE

Dieter is an experienced healthcare and lab designer who joins MorrisSwitzer from JACA Architects. Dieter has over 20 years of planning and design experience, working on projects from inception to completion. His past healthcare clients include UMass Memorial, Southcoast Hospital, and Beth Israel-Plymouth, amongst others. Deiter will be working in the Boston office as a Senior Project Manager.

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NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

MorrisSwitzer has recently welcomed Septima Maclaurin as Business Development Director to their growing Boston office.  She has 17 years of business development and marketing experience with an extensive background in healthcare and the architecture/engineering industry, most recently working with Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates. Septima is a graduate of Boston University, and has studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as the University of Denver Business School. 

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CRC RECEIVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION

The Clinical Research Center (CRC) at University of Vermont Medical Center has recently been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health designed the new 10,800SF CRC at UVM Medical Center which provides scientists and clinical researchers with collaborative research space in which to study and discover the causes of, and treatments for, disease.

MorrisSwitzer worked closely with UVM Medical Center, Richard Moore Environmental Consulting, PC Construction, and BVH Integrated Services on the project. Sustainable design was combined with Energy Star rated equipment, water use reduction methods, energy efficient lighting, and re-use of material to achieve LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors.

MorrisSwitzer has been working with UVM Medical Center for over 20 years on multiple projects, the relocation of the CRC was an enabling project for the UVM Medical Center Mother-Baby unit which is under construction.

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INTERIOR DESIGN TEAM EXPANDS

The Interior Design team recently expanded with the addition of Jennifer Montgomery, NCIDQ, LEED ID&C. Jennifer brings 9 years of healthcare experience to the growing Boston office. Jennifer is joining MorrisSwitzer from TROJB and will be working with the Life Science team to create collaborative and inspiring spaces for science and technology.

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PDC SUMMIT 2015

The ASHE PDC Summit "Innovating in Healthcare's Uncharted Territory" will be held in San Antonio, TX March 15-18. MorrisSwitzer is proud to have the North Shore LIJ Cohen Children's Medical Center selected as a feature image in the PDC program. We look forward to seeing you there.

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MHA MID-WINTER LEADERSHIP FORUM

The Massachusetts Hospital Association 48th Annual Mid-Winter Leadership Forum will be held February 27th. The educational program is titled “Aligning Mission and Margin: Integrating Behavioral Health Into the Equation”, MorrisSwitzer has worked with multiple health systems on behavioral health projects, and will be exhibiting their patient-centered behavioral health design at this event. MorrisSwitzer is a long-time sponsor of the MHA and is pleased to support this annual event. http://www.mhalink.org/

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MORRISSWITZER CELEBRATES 25TH YEAR

2015 marks the 25th year of our commitment to healthcare design and will be one of the biggest in firm history. MorrisSwitzer will have completed 3,000 healthcare projects with over 130 healthcare clients, the opportunity to benefit patients and their families continues to inspire every single member of this firm. MorrisSwitzer will continue its research on new and better ways to improve the patient experience, reduce hospital acquired infections, and create opportunities for staff collaboration. We appreciate the continued support of our clients and the healthcare community.

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CARLOS OTIS STRATTON MOUNTAIN CLINIC

Carlos Otis Stratton Mountain Clinic has served thousands of patients for both general and urgent care over the past 40 years. The recent $1M capital improvement project designed by MorrisSwitzer was the first in 20 years for this facility.  The mountain clinic is located at the base of a popular ski destination. The 4,600SF renovation and addition included 1,500SF of new patient teaming areas, an expanded first aid treatment area, a new covered ambulance entrance, as well as a complete renovation of their existing space.

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MHA'S SMALL OR RURAL HOSPITAL CONFERENCE

MorrisSwitzer is a long-time supporter of both the Maine Hospital Association and is pleased to sponsor the Small or Rural Hospital Conference held February 11-13th at Sunday River in Maine. The educational program will focus on margin improvement, cost-reduction strategies,  and the transition to value based payment. http://www.themha.org/

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EASTERN MAINE MEDICAL CENTER CELEBRATES TOPPING OUT OF MODERNIZATION PROJECT

Bangor, ME - The Construction Management joint venture between Maine based Cianbro Corp. and Alabama-based Brasfield & Gorrie recently topped out the Eastern Maine Medical Center’s (EMMC) new eight-story Modernization Project patient tower in Bangor, Maine.

The Modernization Project consists of a new 361,000 square foot patient tower that will support a state-of-the-art sterile processing department, main lobby, heart center, surgical suite, NICU, and three floors of private patient rooms.

The project was designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health and utilizes evidence-based design in its approach to patient-centered care. It is a Center for Health Design Pebble Project member. The project is sited to take advantage of the expansive views of the nearby river and is designed to accommodate future growth at EMMC.

Completion of Phase 1 of the project is scheduled for early 2016 with the full project completion scheduled for early 2017.

Located in Bangor, Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) serves communities throughout central, eastern, and northern Maine. Under community direction, it has grown from a five-bed general hospital into a comprehensive, 411-bed medical center. The medical center and its staff provide three-quarters of the primary-care hospital services offered in the Bangor area, as well as specialty and intensive services to the northern two-thirds of the state.

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HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL AWARDS PROJECTS

Harvard Medical School (HMS) has recently awarded MorrisSwitzer a number of projects in support of the institution’s ongoing campus maintenance and improvement plan. The projects include renovations at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Countway Library, and a research laboratory for the Department of Cell Biology. MorrisSwitzer looks forward to providing thoughtful life science and interior design to support HMS's vision of innovation in education, scientific discovery, and service to humanity.

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ADAPTIVE RE-USE PROJECT OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) recently moved into a newly renovated 5,120SF space designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health. This adaptive re-use project updated an existing storefront to incorporate architectural details which had previously been covered with metal siding. The original wood flooring and brick façade were exposed and refurbished, creating an updated space that reflects both PPNNE’s recent re-branding effort and the history of White River Junction, Vermont.

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COHEN CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER AWARDED 2014 BEST HEALTH CARE PROJECT FROM ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD

North Shore LIJ Health System’s Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York was named "Best Healthcare Project" of 2014 by Engineering News-Record New York. Chosen by a panel of six industry leaders, this 130,000SF project includes a new 23,000SF pediatric emergency department with the second and third floors containing a 25-bed pediatric intensive care unit and a 25-bed medical/surgical unit. Designed by MorrisSwitzer with interiors by Rockwell Group, this project has been featured in Healthcare Design Magazine.

The full design and construction team was on hand to accept the award at the ENR Best Projects Gala in New York this fall.

Front row (left to right): Ming Quock, Project Director, North Shore LIJ Health System; Joe Maraia, EVP, Lend-Lease (Construction Management); Joe Bolano VP, Facilities Services, North Shore LIJ Health System; Betty Sarmiento Director, Design Services, North Shore LIJ Health System

Back row (left to right): Shelly Steiner, SVP WSP Global (MEP Engineering); Thomas Morris, Partner, MorrisSwitzer (Architect); Michael Bolt, Project Executive, Lend-Lease (Construction Management); Narinder Chhabra, Principal, Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineering); Murray Bod, VP, WSP (MEP Engineering)

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COOLEY DICKINSON'S ATWOOD HEALTH CENTER OPENS

The recently opened Atwood Health Center for Cooley Dickinson Health Care will offer outpatient, laboratory, and pharmacy services for area residents in a Medical Home model of care. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health was the planner and interior architect for this 50,000SF project which sought to provide convenient and accessible healthcare in a family friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Primary care doctors and physician specialists located at the Atwood Health Center include cardiologists, general surgeons, and infectious diseases physicians. Imaging, phlebotomy, and obstetrics are also located on site as well as a diabetes care center. A rehabilitation center also will provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy. Unique spaces were designed to specifically cater to the rehabilitation needs of children, separate from the adult rehabilitation spaces, to better serve the needs of both patient populations.

MorrisSwitzer has a long-standing relationship with Cooley Dickinson Health Care, a Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate, and is currently working on multiple ambulatory care projects at the campus.

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SISTER CARITAS CANCER CENTER TOPS OFF

The Sister Caritas Cancer Center renovation and expansion at Mercy Medical Center recently held its beam signing & topping off ceremony. This new cancer center will increase efficiency by consolidating outpatient cancer care programs in one collaborative space. The design improves the patient experience by increasing privacy and creating a calm, nurturing environment.  The expansion to the existing radiation oncology treatment program will include a 12,500SF medical oncology clinic with 12 exam rooms, as well as a 13,500SF medical oncology treatment space with 32 infusion bays and 2 private infusion rooms. 

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TOP 40 INTERIOR DESIGN RANKING

Interior Design Magazine recently released the results of its 2014 Health Care Giants business survey. MorrisSwitzer was ranked among the top 40 healthcare design firms in the country. MorrisSwitzer’s interior design was also featured in the accompanying slide show for the article. Led by Joanne MacIsacc, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, MorrisSwitzer’s interior design team takes an integrated approach that addresses the functional needs of clients with innovative and thoughtful palettes that appeal to the senses.
http://www.interiordesign.net/articles/detail/36497-2014-healthcare-giants/

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WILLISTON COMMUNITY FOOD SHELF THANKSGIVING DRIVE

The Community Outreach Team at MorrisSwitzer will be gathering donations for the Williston Community Food Shelf Thanksgiving Drive from Tuesday November 4th through Friday November 21st.

Non-perishable food or cash donations will be accepted. Funds will go towards purchasing turkeys for the Food Shelf's Turkey Drive on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Last year MSEFH donated several shopping bags of food and many turkeys! A special thanks to everyone who participated last year, the Food Shelf was very grateful.

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STEVE HIGHT, CSI, CDT, LEED AP PROVIDES SPECIFICATIONS WRITING LEADERSHIP

New to the MorrisSwitzer team is Steve Hight, CSI, CDT, LEED AP. As the lead Specifications Writer, Steve will be instrumental in providing both technical and AIA contract document support, quality assurance/quality control, and construction administration support. With over 20 years of design and construction experience, Steve is dedicated to quality, detail, efficiency, and client service. Please join us in welcoming Steve. 

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MORRISSWITZER AWARDED ELLIOT HEALTH SYSTEM MASTER FACILITIES PLAN

MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health was recently awarded the Master Facilities Planning project for Elliot Health System.  Chosen from a competitive list of national architectural firms MorrisSwitzer, along with engineering firm BR&A, will be providing consultation services for a strategic assessment of the System’s site and facilities, operations, current and future sizing needs, and an overall synthesis of options for the future of Elliot Health System’s facilities. MorrisSwitzer looks forward to working with Elliot Health Systems to further their ability to provide caring, compassionate, and comprehensive services to the people of New Hampshire.

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VALLEY HEALTH SERVICES CELEBRATES NEW ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY

Valley Health Services has cut the ribbon on its new $8M assisted living facility in Herkimer, New York.  This facility will provide a dignified, serene, and interactive location where residents will have access to a range of services. The first of its kind in Herkimer County, the facility will provide options for the over 600 older adults in the area who are currently in need of assisted housing options. The 46 studio apartments are private and comfortable, with a home-like atmosphere.  The facility is designed to easily expand with additional units to meet growing demand and also includes an on-site training center for Home Health Aides and Nursing Assistant certification. 

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MORRISSWITZER AND DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK PRESENT AT MGMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Partner Jennifer Arbuckle, AIA, LEED AP, presented research "Facility Design with the Patients at the Center," with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's VP of Community Group Practices, Christine Schon, MPA, FACMPE, at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. http://www.mgma.com/mgma-annual-conference/overview

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NORTH COUNTRY HOSPITAL'S BARTON CLINIC BREAKS GROUND

North Country Hospital (NCH) broke ground on a $1.5M clinic expansion to accommodate increased demand and bring state-of-the-art care to Vermont communities. The clinic provides Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Newborn Care, and Primary Care for the Barton/Orleans, VT area. This expansion will provide 10 new exam rooms and associated support spaces, creating a welcoming environment that has continuity with North Country Hospital’s additional medical office spaces. Designed with an energy efficient building envelope, this expansion will support NCH’s energy reduction goals. The project is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2015.

L to R: Board Chair Kathy Austin, Dr. Robert Hawkins, Dr. David Bourgeois, COO Tom Frank, and Jennifer Arbuckle, AIA, Partner, MorrisSwitzer

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LISA BONNET TAPPED AS IIDA NE EMERGING LEADER

Congratulations to MorrisSwitzer's Lisa Bonnet, IIDA, LEED AP on her IIDA New England Chapter board appointment as VP of Student Affairs. Her position focuses on student outreach and the fostering of working relationships between the student and professional members. Lisa is also currently a member of the ELN (Emerging Leaders Network), a new initiative piloted by IIDA NE aimed at supporting and fostering the next generation of Interior Design leaders in the New England area.

Join Lisa and the MorrisSwitzer interior design team at the IIDA New England Fashion Show, a charitable fund raising event October 23, 2014. http://iidane.org/fashion-show-2014/

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ST. JOSEPH HEALTHCARE OPENS NEW 23,000SF MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING DESIGNED BY MORRISSWITZER

St. Joseph Internal Medicine has relocated to a new $6.2M, 23,000SF medical office building. The building is designed for patient convenience and confidentiality, and for clinical efficiency.

MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health designed the building to be light-filled and calming, with a hospitality-focused environment for patients and staff. Lobby skylights bring in soft diffused light which supports the spa-like, restful ambiance of the space. Strategically placed art glass and wooden trellises create areas of contemplation and increase patient privacy in the lobby while providing visual control for the staff. The color palette focuses on natural hues and textures, highlighting the walnut grain of the millwork.

The facility supports the sustainability goals of Covenant Health Systems and St. Joseph Healthcare. The building is the first commercial building in the state of Maine to use the high performance exterior wall system known as Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). The high performance walls allowed for the downsizing of the mechanical systems, which will result in long-term energy usage reductions.

The practice is an accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home with both NCQA and Stage A for Medicaid. The 20 provider offices and 50 exam rooms are arranged in pods with space for 20 medical assistants. The medical assistant space is centrally located and near the provider offices to facilitate interaction and communication. The alternating arrangement of exam rooms and offices ensure close proximity and interaction of doctors and patients.

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VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO FEATURES FLETCHER ALLEN PROJECT UPDATE

Fletcher Allen Health Care's Director of Facilities Planning and Development, Dave Keelty, gives the latest progress on our exciting high-profile project. Listen to Vermont Public Radio - VPR to hear what Mr. Keelty has to say.http://lnkd.in/dmP_JsS

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MORRISSWITZER SPONSORS MHA ANNUAL WOMEN LEADERS IN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE

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MORRISSWITZER & FLETCHER ALLEN PRESENTATION AT VERMONT ASSOCIATION OF HOSPITALS & HEALTH SYSTEMS

The 79th annual meeting of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems will be held in Stowe, VT September 17-19th. MorrisSwitzer is a long-time sponsor of VAHHS and will be exhibiting at the meeting. Bill Repichowskyj, Partner, will be presenting an educational session with Dawn LeBaron, VP of Hospital Services, of Fletcher Allen Health Care titled “The Healthcare Facility Design Process; the Imperative for Involving Patients and Families”. http://www.vahhs.org/

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ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD NEW YORK NAMES COHEN "BEST HEALTHCARE PROJECT"

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York was named “Best Healthcare Project” of 2014 by Engineering News Record New York. Designed by MorrisSwitzer and Constructed by Lend Lease, this project will also be featured in the September issue of Healthcare Design

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MSEFH SPONSORS 2014 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the New Hampshire Hospital Association was held at Omni Mount Washington Resort September 7-9. MorrisSwitzer has been a long-time sponsor of the NHHA and congratulates the Providers and Executives who were honored for their outstanding services at the 80th Annual Meeting. MorrisSwitzer supports the Foundation For Healthy Communities and their collaborative partnerships which improve health and healthcare in New Hampshire. 

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MORRISSWITZER SWITCHES TO ALL SOLAR ELECTRICITY

MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health took a major step in their commitment to sustainability with the installation of AllSun sun-tracker solar panels. A total of five 280 watt/33.6kW solar panels were installed at the Vermont office by AllEarth Renewables. MorrisSwitzer is now offsetting 100% of their electricity usage with solar power.

“As a firm, we are committed to integrating sustainable elements into the buildings we design,” expressed Partner Jill Boardman. “By investing in local solar technology for our Vermont office we reaffirm our dedication to sustainability and continue to strengthen our leadership in responsible and green design.”

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MORRISSWITZER~ENVIRONMENTS FOR HEALTH EXPANDS ITS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DESIGN PRACTICE

A new dedicated Science & Technology Group will expand MorrisSwitzer’s capacity to design diverse environments for health. This group will be headed by Brian DiLuiso, AIA and is committed to bringing MorrisSwitzer’s high level of architectural design and exceptional service to academic and clinical research, medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratory clients. Brian has over 20 years of forward thinking design experience with medical, academic, and corporate institutions as well as LEED Certified Gold and Platinum facilities.

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MORRISSWITZER AWARDED DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK PROJECT

MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health has been selected to design Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Palliative and Hospice Care Center. Estimated at 21,000SF, the new facility will have 12 inpatient beds, space for families, staff, educators, and researchers.  Construction is expected to begin September 2015. MorrisSwitzer will be partnering with Tom Mullinax, AIA, President of Hospice Design Resource. 

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GROUNDBREAKING AT GIFFORD SKILLED NURSING FACILITY

MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health joined Gifford Medical Center as they officially broke ground on a Senior Living Community. The project includes the reconstruction of its 30-bed nursing home, the Menig Extended Care Facility, on 30 scenic acres in Randolph Center. Later phases of the project will include up to 100 independent living units and 20 assisted living beds.

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MORRISSWITZER~ENVIRONMENTS FOR HEALTH AWARDED TWO VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER PROJECTS

The Veteran’s Administration recently awarded MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health the Ambulatory Care renovation and addition of the Veterans Affairs’ Medical Center (VAMC) Building 3  in Brockton, MA. The addition will help to address the Primary Care Space Gap, Ancillary Diagnostic Space Surplus, and Administration Space Surplus while also addressing Condition, Safety, and Security gaps. MorrisSwitzer was also awarded a two-story addition for Building 35, a Research Building for Center for Neurostoration and Neurotechnology Research at the VAMC in Providence, RI. The new addition will include laboratory, office, and support spaces. 

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HEALTHCARE DESIGN RANKS MORRISSWITZER AMONG THE TOP 40 HEALTHCARE A/E FIRMS

MorrisSwitzer was once again rated among the top 40 firms in the U.S. in the 2014 Healthcare Design Corporate Rankings Survey. Over 100 architecture, engineering, and construction firms working in healthcare took part in the survey, providing both business results in 2013 and insight on where the healthcare design industry stands today.http://lnkd.in/dyy_vEu 

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BASSETT HEALTHCARE NETWORK CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW HEALTH CENTER

MorrisSwitzer joined Bassett Healthcare Network for the opening of their new Health Center. Cobleskill Medical Office Building replaces an existing facility and will provide better adjacency to the hospital. The 20,000SF facility is designed to be Patient-Centered with a Medical Home concept. The facility has four distinct pods assigned to four specific care providers, allowing for patients to continuously see the same providers with quick and easy access. A central common waiting room was built to provide efficiency for the staff and a familiar environment for patients. The project supports Bassett Healthcare Network's mission to provide medical and preventive care to the residents of Cobleskill and Schoharie County.

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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER SELECTS MORRISSWITZER

Stony Brook University Medical Center of State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook has selected MorrisSwitzer for a 3 year architectural and design services agreement. Potential projects over the term include planning and design for the Hospital, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Ambulatory Care Pavilion, or Health Science Center.  While versed in teaching hospitals and in New York healthcare facilities, this marks the firm’s entrance on a SUNY academic campus. 

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ISRAEL'S LARGEST ED INAUGURATED

As the campus master planners for Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel, MorrisSwitzer recently focused on the emergency department and a two-level, 300-car parking garage. Inaugurated this past March, it is the largest ED in Israel at 60,000SF. It will allow for 200,000 visits annually. The new ED contains 96 private exam rooms with a medical imaging area enabling patients to receive imaging treatments without leaving the ED. The expanded ED addresses the high amount of patients the hospital receives throughout the year. http://lnkd.in/dDWZQwB 

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MERCY MEDICAL CENTER BREAKS GROUND ON A $15M CANCER CARE EXPANSION

Springfield, MA - Mercy Medical Center broke ground on May 14th at the Sister Caritas Cancer Center on a $15 million expansion and renovation designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health. This project will increase efficiency by consolidating outpatient Cancer Care programs in one collaborative space and to improve the patient experience by increasing privacy and creating a calm, nurturing environment. The expansion to the existing Radiation Oncology Treatment program will include a 12,500SF Medical Oncology Clinic with 12 exam rooms, as well as a 13,500SF Medical Oncology Treatment space with 32 infusion bays and 2 private infusion rooms. The infusion bays include privacy screening, personal televisions, and space to accommodate a supporting family member or friend. The private infusion rooms are designed to comfort and support those who wish to be secluded during the infusion process.

The Mercy Cancer Center project is scheduled for completion in Summer of 2015.

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MODERN HEALTHCARE RANKS MORRISSWITZER IN TOP 40

The recently released 2014 Construction & Design Survey by Modern Healthcare ranked MorrisSwitzer among the top 40 architectural firms in the US. Over 140 architecture firms were ranked by their volume of healthcare design in 2013. MorrisSwitzer was 39th in the country with over $175 million of completed healthcare construction projects last year. “2013 was a great year for us” said Dan Morris, Partner at MorrisSwitzer. “Our talented team worked hard to deliver some very complex healthcare projects, I am proud of their commitment to client needs and Patient-Centered design.”

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LAWRENCE GENERAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES $72M MODERNIZATION PROJECT

Lawrence General Hospital recently received approval by the Board of Trustees to proceed with a multi-year master facility plan developed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health and Halsa Advisors. This strategic investment includes inpatient renovations, a 42,250 square foot surgical building expansion and renovation, as well as infrastructure upgrades. The project will enhance Lawrence General Hospital’s ability to provide state-of-the-art care to the Merrimack Valley through patient-centered, forward thinking design.

The new surgical facility will include six new operating rooms, including a swing catheterization laboratory and interventional radiology room. The expansion and renovation will increase the hospital's ability to perform complex surgeries. Each operating room is designed to accommodate the latest technology in imaging and robotics as well as the additional skilled staff required to perform these carefully orchestrated procedures.

The inpatient renovations will create nine single patient rooms with a family area that can comfortably provide for overnight guests, and a new inpatient unit with single and semi-private rooms. They will be designed to improve the physical and mental well being of patients by accommodating family support systems, increasing privacy for patients, updating interior design, and enhancing infection control protections.

MorrisSwitzer will be working with BOND on this project which is slated to break ground in late 2014

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BASSETT HEALTHCARE NETWORK INPATIENT MODERNIZATION PROJECT AT A.O. FOX MEMORIAL HOSPITAL COMPLETED

A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital recently held an open house for their new 14-bed observation unit, this unit is the final phase of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital’s “Gold Standard of Patient Care” modernization project, designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health. This $8 million medical/surgical inpatient renovation created 53 private rooms which provide privacy for patients, increase infection control, and improve patient flow throughout the hospital.

Patient-Centered design is a cornerstone of MorrisSwitzer's design philosophy and each room has independent climate control, a private bathroom with shower, and space for a portable bed allowing family members to stay overnight with patients. Hospitality style interiors with wood flooring and upgraded entertainment systems are combined with the latest in medical technology to create a high level of care in a comfortable setting.

The 14-bed observation unit is designed to accommodate a range of patients with a variety of needs and acuity. An updated family waiting area provides a place of respite for concerned families.

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COHEN CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CENTER FEATURED IN 2014 ARCHITECTURE FOR HEALTH SHOWCASE

Cohen Children's Medical Center was featured in the Compendium showcasing top health care facility designs published by American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). The Architecture for Health Showcase provides several platforms for highlighting the latest healthcare facility design and construction projects and was exhibited at the International Summit and Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design, & Construction (PDC Summit).

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FLETCHER ALLEN NAMES ARCHITECT FOR INPATIENT BED BUILDING

Fletcher Allen Health Care named MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health as project architect for design work on the new inpatient bed replacement building, which is currently in the Certificate of Need (CON)-approved conceptual development phase.

The inpatient bed replacement project will allow Fletcher Allen to make a major investment in health care for the people of Vermont and northern New York, by creating new facilities that are consistent with today’s hospital design standards and match the high quality of health care that Fletcher Allen provides its patients.

“It’s the right time to invest in renewing our facilities, some of which are 50 years old,” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen. “They have served us well and we’ve gotten great use out of them. However, they were constructed during a different era in health care. We have remodeled where we can, but new inpatient facilities are clearly needed.”

Architect: MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health
MorrisSwitzer is a 50-person architectural firm located in Williston, VT. During this conceptual planning phase, MorrisSwitzer will help determine the building’s final design including specifics such as room and floor layout. They will take a patient- and family-centered approach to the building’s design, using information gained from our patient-centered design team, detailed inpatient interviews, patient surveys and the Patient Experience Steering Committee.

“Fletcher Allen is very pleased to be working with MorrisSwitzer to create a modern, patient-focused inpatient health care facility for Vermonters and the people of upstate New York,” said Dr. Brumsted. “Both organizations have similar environment of care philosophies and MorrisSwitzer has a proven track record of designing these types of facilities for other medical centers across the country. We are pleased to include this long-time partner in our effort to create a facility to match the high-quality care our people deliver every day.”

MorrisSwitzer is one of the few architectural firms in the country devoted exclusively to health care. They have provided architectural expertise for over 2,000 healthcare construction projects, including The Vermont Children’s Hospital inpatient unit, as well as major projects for Eastern Maine Medical Center in Maine, the Steve & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Long Island, New York, and the Rabin Medical Center in Tel Aviv. The company has worked with Fletcher Allen since 1990 on multiple projects.

Timeline/Next Steps
Fletcher Allen received approval for its Conceptual Development Phase CON from the Green Mountain Care Board to design the new inpatient building in August 2013.

The architectural design work and pre-construction planning information that is developed over the next year will form the basis for the CON application that will seek approval to construct the building.

The design phase of the project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2014, when Fletcher Allen will submit a Certificate of Need seeking approval from the Green Mountain Care Board to proceed with construction. That document will contain building details and cost. Pending approval, construction should take three years.

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EASTERN MAINE MEDICAL CENTER COMMENCES CONSTRUCTION ON NEW 361,000SF BUILDING

Eastern Maine Medical Center(EMMC) recently broke ground on a 361,000SF heart vascular center, surgical, and inpatient building in Bangor, ME. This $247M Modernization Project was designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health. It utilizes evidence-based design in its approach to patient-centered care and is a Center for Health Design Pebble Project member. The project will provide a 29 single-bassinet Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 6 labor and delivery rooms with 25 postpartum rooms, 32 inpatient telemetry rooms, a 24-bed critical care unit and 14 state-of-the-art operating rooms. The new surgical center will connect with the existing outpatient ORs to create a single surgical department.

Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC president and CEO says the project will create a better environment to care for patients with very serious illnesses and injuries. "It will provide new operating rooms, new neonatal intensive care units, new labor and delivery suites, and consolidated cardiac service space."

The project design included input from the community and caregivers with a special focus on creating an efficient and sustainable environment. Emphasis was placed on durability and ease of maintenance as well as infection control, and the comfort of patients and staff. MorrisSwitzer's architects led a collaborative planning process with EMMC, the resulting design benefits the highly skilled staff of EMMC and supports their ability to provide first class care to the region.

The construction manager for this major new facility is a partnership between Maine-based Cianbro and Brasfield & Gorrie from Alabama. The design team lead by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health includes engineering services from BVH Integrated Services for structural and MEP/FP, and Wright-Pierce for civil engineering. Because the new inpatient tower will be located in front of the current hospital entrance, the construction and design of the project has been carefully planned to re-route hospital traffic during the construction phase. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

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