SAN ANTONIO, Texas — BOKA Powell has completed Forest Park Medical Center San Antonio, a surgical specialty care hospital and accompanying medical office building that opened this fall. Inspired by four and five-star resorts, the $98-million physician-owned and operated hospital has a patient-oriented focus in its overall design and amenity offerings. BOKA Powell provided full architecture and interior design services for the project.
The four-story, 150,000-square-foot hospital has 54 private inpatient rooms ¬ including 16 family suites 12 operating rooms, a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab and six intensive care rooms. Rendered in a sophisticated, modern Hill Country palette, the upscale ambiance throughout begins in the expansive two-story lobby with a dramatic full-height fountain, and extends into the dining room offering chef-prepared foods, coffee bar and peaceful outdoor spaces, including vegetated roof systems.
The private in-patient rooms and family suites are designed for maximum comfort, convenience and safety.
“We have been told this is far and away the most successful patient room that NRG and Forest Park Medical Center have built,” says Don Powell, principal of BOKA Powell. “With tailored, custom furniture, state-of-the-art equipment and high-end finishes, this dramatic departure from the typical, unwelcoming hospital room puts patients at ease, making them feel more optimistic about procedures and promoting healing physically, mentally and emotionally.”
Loved ones visit on plush built-in sofas next to patient beds, which convert to queen-sized beds for overnight stays. For additional privacy, family suites feature a separate room for guests equipped with a kitchenette, entertainment options and a pull-out sofa.
“Infection control in this hotel-like atmosphere is achieved by utilizing antimicrobial finishes that resemble traditional hospitality-quality materials,” says Sean Kirton, senior project designer for BOKA Powell. “We also conceal medical gases and connections behind an upholstered headwall similar to a hotel bed that is lifted when in use.”
Risk of injury is reduced by locating bathrooms behind the headwall. “Patients attached to medical gases and IVs may fall when crossing the room to use the toilet or shower,” adds Kirton. “By locating the bathroom behind the bed, we have reduced that distance by more than 50 percent.”
Forest Park Medical Center San Antonio is located at 5510 Presidio Parkway in northwest San Antonio. Neal Richards Group developed the hospital property, medical office building and parking garage. Other project team members include Vibrant Healthcare, managing partner, and Rogers-O’Brien, general contractor.
The hospital is targeting U.S. Green Building Council LEED gold certification.