Seeking to expand into a new market, Artemed Group, a hospital and senior living facility operator based in Germany, is working with Gresham, Smith and Partners (Nashville, Tenn.) to design its first hospital in China. Located in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Artemed aims for the 200-bed hospital to serve as a model that can be replicated across China for providing high-quality care at a reasonable cost.

Designed for efficient operations and management, Artemed China FTZ Hospital features dedicated circulation between the emergency department (ED), intensive care unit (ICU), surgery, and imaging. The ED exam rooms are standardized and co-located with the clinic exam spaces to create flexibility that can respond to peak volumes.

The two-story lobby is designed to maximize intuitive wayfinding. Major public destination points, such as registration, outpatient clinics, imaging, and outpatient surgery, are organized around the lobby and visible from the entrance. Automated registration booths are located next to staffed registration desks to reduce congestion.

Serving the medical needs of public and private patients, the hospital will focus primarily on orthopedic inpatient and outpatient care with four specialty departments: trauma and sports medicine, large joints, spine, and rehabilitation. A rehab treatment/exercise area will be located on the third floor with access to a roof garden. The gracefully curving patient tower expands views toward this roof garden to the south and the park to the north.

The hospital will provide 24/7 emergency services for orthopedic-related injuries with six operating rooms and on-site support facilities, including radiology, lab, blood bank, and pharmacy.

The medical imaging center and blood testing lab will be equipped with advanced medical devices, such as a PET/MRI, and capable of providing services to other local hospitals and patients. For this reason, a separate entrance provides direct access to the imaging center from the outside.

The master plan calls for an additional 200-bed tower with contiguous expansion of the diagnostic/treatment areas as the second phase. Construction is scheduled to be completed in 2018, and annual volumes are expected to reach 4,600 surgeries and 130,000 outpatient visits.