POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. –The unique design of Health Quest’s Vassar Brothers Medical Center pays direct respect to the slow-moving curve of the neighboring Hudson River. The transforming design of the new patient pavilion will provide enhanced operational efficiencies and patient experience while serving as a bold new landmark for the city of Poughkeepsie, New York and the Hudson Valley. The overall design of the facility and environment, which matches Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s top quality of care, will confirm this medical center as a destination of choice for world-class care and the flagship for Health Quest.
The vision for Vassar Brothers Medical Center’s 696,000-square-foot patient pavilion centers on clarity, flexibility, adaptability and longevity. In order to create a clear flow for the entire campus, the design team incorporated four distinct and separate zones: inpatient, outpatient, service and emergency. Outside of service, the other three flows shared a single curb cut on the existing campus, and now each zone will have its own distinct entrance.
“This is so much more than just a new building,” said Ann McMackin, president of the medical center. “It’s a symbol of the renewed economic growth in Dutchess County and the mid-Hudson Valley and of the renaissance happening before our eyes in the city of Poughkeepsie. This project allows us to change how patients in our region experience healthcare.”
The pavilion includes an inpatient lobby, emergency department/trauma center with 66 treatment rooms, inpatient imaging services, operating suites, central sterile supply, 30-bed critical care unit, 264 private medical/surgical beds, rooftop helistop, loading dock, conference center, café and central plant expansion. The interior design will be uplifting with an abundance of natural light and timeless materials while also providing simplified, more intuitive circulation paths.
The architect on the project is CallisonRTKL, and the general contractor is Walsh/Consigli Construction, a joint venture. Construction broke ground on Sept. 13, and the center is expected to open for patient care in the spring of 2019.