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Design of Critical Access Hospital Reflects Oregon Community

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The Neenan Company recently celebrated the opening of St. Charles Health System’s new 62,000-square-foot critical access hospital, which will replace Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville, Oregon. The official grand opening ceremony took place on Sept. 12.

The Neenan Company served as the Design-Build partner for the project. The new replacement facility includes a primary care medical home at the core, comingled with a critical access hospital. The critical access hospital’s features include an emergency department, imaging and laboratory services, two surgical suites and a procedure room, inpatient beds, physical and respiratory therapy spaces. It was designed to accommodate 12 primary care practitioners and visiting specialists; two onsite residential units were also included for visiting practitioners.

The Neenan Company used a strong thermal envelope and efficient systems to greatly improve the facility’s efficiency in comparison to the systems used in the former facility. Through design, the project team was able to reduce space and staff needs while increasing flexibility and capacity for patient care, at a lesser cost than other design options, by delivering shared ED space, pre- and post-operative space and observation patient rooms. The facility will also equip staff with better tools for diagnosis through use of the new imaging, lab, cardio-pulmonary and physical therapy spaces. The care team space is flexible and adaptable to the ever-changing medical workforce. It allows for different generations of caregivers to work collaboratively while maximizing the benefits of their individual working styles.

The surrounding community is also represented within the design, which incorporates local and regional building materials representative of the textures, materials, colors and aesthetics of the Prineville area.

The Neenan Company recently broke ground on its second project with St. Charles Health System – the addition to and renovation of the St. Charles Madras critical access hospital. The updated facility, located in Madras, Oregon, is scheduled for completion in early 2017. The hospital will improve the utilization of its ED, surgery and imaging by delivering an ED that is three times larger. This added space will allow for a higher volume of surgery, improve access for emergency obstetrics and gynecology in surgery and provide the public with better access to imaging services.

Renderings courtesy of The Neenan Company.

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Posted September 14, 2015

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