Shawnee Mission Medical Center – Critical Care

Shawnee Mission Medical Center

Location: Merriam, Kansas
Year Completed: 2009
Size: 255,216 SF
Awards and Publications: Healthcare Design Magazine – Architectural Showcase and Cover Story 2009; Illumination Design Award 2009, Illuminating Engineering Society (Kansas City Chapter)

HMN Architects partnered with Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) to provide full architectural and interior design services on their critical care expansion project. This project was done in collaboration with NBBJ out of Columbus, Ohio. The expansion provides one of the region’s busiest hospitals with critical space, advanced medical technology and expanded amenities.

The bold composition and carefully considered material palette of glass, travertine marble, metal and precast concrete panels differentiate it as the new landmark of the campus, while providing a contextual consistency with the SMMC campus. SMMC’s interiors combine vibrant colors – inspired by the Kansas landscape – with soothing neutral tones, comfortable contemporary furniture, clear wayfinding and expansive windows to create a warm and welcoming environment. Daylight fills the entire hospital, including corridors, staff lounges and public spaces. A series of respite lounges provide private areas for nourishment, entertainment and relaxation for those awaiting treatment.

The 228,000 SF expansion was compromised of an emergency department, intensive care unit, cardiac care unit, ambulatory unit, post-anesthesia unit, endoscopy center and expanded surgery suites. A parking garage, healing gardens and upgraded check-in services further enhance the patient, visitor and staff environment and arrival experience.

The new emergency department increases capacity and breaks the department down into smaller, decentralized treatment clusters providing flexibility to adjust the size of the department depending on demand. Endoscopy and operating room suites are collocated to allow both units to share pre/post procedure support spaces. Bed floors are organized as open core models with decentralized caregiver stations to improve patient monitoring. Team spaces at the center of each bed floor provide flexible areas for training and collaboration. Acuity adaptable patient rooms within the intensive care unit and critical care unit minimize the need for moving patients during their stay.

Alongside the new emergency department, the expansion also included a 60-bed critical care patient tower, acuity adaptable beds for cardiac services, 240-car parking deck, addition and renovation of surgery to include ACC, PACU and endoscopy, and central plant expansion.

The critical care services expansion is the first part of a multi-phase plan that reorganizes, clarifies and positions SMMC for the future. This growth framework transforms the existing grounds into a campus-like setting where a network of gardens, pathways and easily identifiable entry points create a memorable experience.

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