Hendricks Regional Health is ready for the future of its growing community with a new emergency department and inpatient addition. A bridge and landscaped plaza connect the two-story building to the main hospital. The project is one of many implemented from a 10-year, long-range master plan.

Relocating the emergency department to a different side of the hospital helps boost annual capacity, supports future growth, and provides a new first impression. Separation of critical and noncritical patients, bedside registration, computerized tracking, and digital radiology all help to increase efficiency and focus on the patient. The department includes a large decontamination suite and psychiatric unit. The new location is adjacent to the ICU and future surgery unit, and it allows for future emergency department expansion and a safe, easily accessible heliport. A large waiting area and a landscaped outdoor plaza improve the patient and family experience. A glass-block wall is a key element that encloses a play area and integrates into the exterior.

The new patient unit includes 37 private rooms with zones for patients, family, and staff. Caregivers enjoy abundant support space and effective work environments. Lounges near the main nurses' station and patient rooms offer respite for caregivers. The second floor sets the standard for three additional future stories, helping meet the ultimate goal of all private rooms throughout the hospital.

Interiors based on the master plan provide a seamless flow to the addition. Architectural elements reinforce the brand of Hendricks Regional Health.

Project category: Addition (completed March 2004)

Chief administrator: Dennis Dawes, FACHE, President, (317) 745-4451

Firm: BSA LifeStructures, (317) 819-7878

Design team: Robert Snyder, Principal-in-Charge; Peter Schilling, Engineering Project Manager; James Schellenberger, Site Designer; Ramesh Patel, Structural Engineer (BSA LifeStructures); Jamie Stringfield, Interior Designer (Maregatti Interiors); David Shuck, Electrical Engineer (Vector Consulting, LLC)

Photography: ©2004 Dan Francis, Mardan Photography; Karl Pfeffer, Jr., BSA LifeStructures

Total building area (sq. ft.): 104,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not released

Total construction cost (excluding land): Not released