In 1996, the board of trustees of Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), which was located on an extremely constrained site, decided it was time to construct a new replacement hospital. At that time, one of AAMC's stated project goals was to create a “nurturing environment” with “state-of-the-art technology.”

A new eight-story hospital was successfully integrated into the health system's suburban medical park. The lobby facilitates wayfinding by linking this building to both a new 700-car parking garage and to an existing inpatient women's and children's facility.

Sandra Goodman

Anne Gummerson
With the exception of the PACU, all patient rooms and treatment spaces throughout the facility are private. Careful consideration was given to the adjacency of departments to improve staffing efficiency. On the upper floors, patient rooms are grouped in pods, surrounding a central core that houses related patient support functions, minimizing the disruptive transport of patients. The integration of traditional nurse-call systems and cellular technologies facilitates interaction between patients, families and caregivers. Device link, PACS and a sophisticated information system support an electronic medical record.

The strong relationship between nature and its restorative powers is apparent throughout the building interiors. The lobby, created as a sunroom, offers patients, families and staff casual seating with a view into one of several exterior gardens. A meditation center focuses on a waterfall located at one end of a healing garden. The integration of nature is evident in the palette of finishes, fabrics and textures used throughout the project.

This new facility opened in November 2001 and, based on both patient and staff satisfaction, has more than exceeded the original project goals
Sandra Goodman

Anne Gummerson

Anne Gummerson

PROJECT CATEGORY New Construction (completed November 2001)

CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR Martin L. Doordan, President, (443) 481-1307

FIRM Wheeler Goodman Masek & Associates, Inc., (410) 841-6787

DESIGN TEAM James F. Blose, Jr. (CUH2A, Inc., Interior Designers/Signage Consultants); Scott J. Rykiel (Mahan Rykiel Associates, Landscape Architects); H. Scot Latimer (Hamilton HMC, Healthcare Planning Consultants); Michael D. Lippy (James Posey Associates, Inc., Mechanical/Electrical Engineers); Randy E. Thomas (J. Vinton Schafer & Sons, Inc., Construction Managers)

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandra Goodman; Anne Gummerson