"We think the project is really needed," said Mitchell Johnson, a
senior vice president at Memorial Health System, of the proposal to
build a new, more accessible Lincoln hospital. "This is something
that's going to serve future generations, including the children and
grandchildren of the people who are here now."
The new hospital
will replace the current five-story building, built in 1954, with a
two-story facility where all outpatient services will be provided on
the first floor instead of several different floors.
The current hospital has "served our community extremely well,
but a new hospital designed around a new paradigm of quality,
convenience and patient safety will allow for a much better patient
experience," said Dolan Dalpoas, ALMH chief executive.
The new two-story, 116,000-square-foot critical access hospital
will include a 25-bed inpatient complement consisting of 22
medical-surgical private patient rooms and three private labor,
delivery, recovery, postpartum units, along with five outpatient
In addition to the medical-surgical and obstetrics nursing units
located on the second floor, the hospital will provide appropriately
sized clinical services on the first floor, including a 10-bed
emergency department, 11-bed special procedures area, a surgical
suite, universal testing area, lab, rehab, radiology with MRI, and
administrative and other ancillary support services.
The new, combined 9,500-square-foot physical therapy and cardiac
rehab space will include a full gym and a warm water hydrotherapy
An associated 21,000-square-foot medical office building will be
constructed directly adjacent and be connected to the hospital.
Features of the new hospital will include expansive areas of
thermally efficient glazing to maximize natural daylight, wide
overhangs, interior shade systems and energy-saving sun screens for
solar control, as well as visual connection and physical access to
the nearby wooded green space for patients, staff and visitors.
Extensive landscaping will enhance the entire campus, and parking
area storm water runoff will be managed in part through the
low-impact use of landscaped bioswales.
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Following the completion of a comprehensive
master facility plan in 2007 by Pansing Nolan Matlock Ltd., the
leaders of Memorial Health System and ALMH awarded the contract for
the architectural and interior design of the
new facility to the team from PNM.
PNM and the entire design team worked closely and collaboratively
with the construction manager and Memorial Health System in
Springfield to monitor and maintain the project schedule and
PNM, a 13-person firm in St. Louis, Mo., is committed to the
principle that every project offers a unique design opportunity, and
within that opportunity is a solution that meets their clients'
needs and exceeds expectations. Using a growing body of scientific
data, PNM will appropriately develop the design and function of the
new facility to meet the contemporary operational needs of
tomorrow's rural critical access hospitals. As patient-centered,
rather than provider-focused, the design of the new facility will
encourage partnerships with patients, families and caregivers,
empowering the collective group.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2010.
[Text from file received from
Pansing Nolan Matlock Ltd.]