Lancaster General Hospital Orthopedic Center LANCASTER, PA
Project category: New construction (completed January 2005)
Chief administrator: Marion McGowan, Interim President and CEO, (717) 544-5848
Firm: IKM Incorporated, (412) 281-1337
Design team: Mihai Marcu, AIA, Project Executive; John C. Schrott III, AIA, ACHA, Principal-in-Charge; Michael P. McDonnell, AIA, Project Management, Design; Susan Tartaglio, Interior Designer (IKM Incorporated); Andrew S. Mazurek, Programmer (Metis Associates, Ltd.)
Photography: Nathan Cox Photography
Total building area (sq. ft.): 340,000
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $171
Total construction cost (excluding land): $58,000,000
Reflecting its vision for healthcare and commitment to the community, Lancaster General Hospital constructed a state-of-the-art orthopedic specialty hospital attached to its existing facility, which includes a four-story building, entry atrium, and a five-and-a-half-story addition.
The new construction reestablishes the boundary wall for the neighborhood and extends the new unifying architectural language as a screen wall along the existing garage across the block.
The atrium space provides a gateway to both the Orthopedic Center and the hospital, is bathed in natural light, and is clothed with a hospitality approach of marble and natural cherry. Amenities include concierge service, a waterwall, a gift shop, a reception desk, a player grand piano, a patient resource center, gracious seating, and a gourmet café.
The second floor houses Perioperative Services, with waiting spaces segregated into several areas and clockwise patient flow through the surgical process. The ten multi-boomed, 720-square-foot operating rooms are identical, fully digitized, and organized around a sterile core.
The project relocated the sterile processing department to facilitate supply movement and constructed dedicated patient transport elevators to clarify house-wide circulation.
Two nursing units of private patient rooms have hospitality accoutrements and are zoned into family/caregiver, patient, and staff zones. Nursing care is delivered using a hybridized model with a primary team station near the entry and other work areas through the core.
This hospital has seized an opportunity and has successfully transformed its image, raised expectations, and established a new level of orthopedic care.