New Family Health Center Leads the Way in Patient-Centered Care

By Kevin Gould

A grand opening of Denver Health and Hospital Authority’s new Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care in Colorado recently took place. While the community health centers have been impacting neighborhoods across the Denver area for half a century, DHHA has led the charge for innovative healthcare for over 150 years. The facility includes urgent care; primary care; women’s health services; women, infant and children food and nutrition services; pediatrics; a pharmacy; dental; laboratory; radiology and insurance enrollment services, as well as integrative behavioral health. Clinical pharmacists are also available to teach patients about their prescribed medication. The aim of including so many diverse services is to provide holistic care, patient education and to prevent further illness.

The 45,000-square-foot center features a large interactive children’s play zone and expansive atriums and lobbies for large community gatherings. There is also a multipurpose community conference room, which can be used for activities such as cooking classes where community members learn about nutritional life choices. Universal signage and intuitive wayfinding allows multilingual patients to easily navigate their way through the facility. Departments that need to be most accessible to the community, like urgent care, pharmacy and dental services, are all located near the entrance of the building.

The facility features high-quality finishes and design touches. With warm wood, slate tiles, expansive skylights and vaulted ceilings, the Southwest Family Health Center provides Level One care both medically and aesthetically.

RTA Architects served as architect of record; Hensel Phelps Construction was general contractor.

Photos courtesy of Vic Moss with Moss Photography.

Author: Kevin Gould
Kevin Gould, AIA, is principal at RTA Architects.

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Posted June 14, 2016

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