MMA Projects Featured in Healthcare Spaces No. 2

In 2004, Roger Yee, a graduate of Yale School of Architecture and recipient of many honors in for his work in the field, published the book Healthcare Spaces No. 2 to showcase notable work by some of the nation’s leading healthcare industry architects and interior designers. “An eye-opening and unforgettable visit to some of America’s best-designed new healthcare facilities, many purposefully developed to counteract the physical and emotional stress felt by too many patients, families, and even healthcare providers themselves,” writes Yee. “This carefully documented and handsomely reproduced volume presents some of the latest examples in design innovation for healthcare, as displayed in some 200 projects by 50 of the leading architecture and interior design firms serving the $1.4-trillion field. These projects offer numerous ideas for creating health care environments that can help improve patient outcomes, contain health care costs, and incorporate advances in medical science and technology. Healthcare administrators, physicians, medical planners, and their architects and interior designers who face the need to remodel or replace obsolete construction or develop new facilities will find Healthcare Spaces No. 2 a valuable guide.”

Moon Mayoras Architects, Inc. and four of the firm’s project designs were featured in Healthcare Spaces No. 2, including Three Rivers Community Hospital and Health Center, Chandler Regional Hospital, Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center, and Lucy Curci Cancer Center. The publication text for each project reads as follows:

Three Rivers Community Hospital and Health Center
Grants Pass, Oregon

A new source of pride for Grants Pass, Oregon, the gateway to the Rogue River, a world-famous fishing and rafting waterway, has nothing and everything to do with the scenic north end of the Rogue Valley. The development of Three Rivers Community Hospital and Health Center, a 196,000-square foot, three-story, 98-bed facility designed by Moon Mayoras Architects, Inc. for Asante Health System, enlisted broad community support to merge two aging hospitals to form a modern and more effective one. One obvious product of the new hospitals economical, braced-frame construction, which constitutes a hospital, two medical office buildings, cancer center and central power plant, is a 300-foot long, 30-foot wide, two-story lobby offering dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. Indeed, nature is present throughout the therapeutic environment at Three Rivers, which uses the convergence of the three rivers in Grant Pass as a metaphor for its floors. The first floor evokes the Rogue River, a mighty, active river used by many people, in its public areas, administration and support services, the second floor reflects the Illinois River, a smaller yet spirited river, in its family birthing, surgery, critical care, and areas of respite, while the third floor emulates the Applegate River, a quiet river, it its patient care units. Noting the widespread popularity of Three Rivers, Paul Janke, hospital administrator, predicts, “This new hospital will make Grants Pass a much more liveable and desirable place to be.”

Chandler Regional Hospital
Chandler, Arizona

Chandler Regional Hospital has enjoyed a well-earned reputation for maintaining quality care in the region surrounding Chandler, Arizona since it opened in 1961, even in the face of continuous population growth across across the East Valley. The recent, 50,480-square foot project provides 28 new medical beds and 28 new surgical beds. Designed by Moon Mayoras Architects, Inc. this project typifies its pragmatic yet family centered approach to facility management. Since each irregularly shaped existing floor plate could not be readily converted into a single patient care unit, the design solution establishes three separate nurse stations, so each floor can be flexibly used as one, two or three distinct units. This decentralized arrangement, furnished with calming and tasteful interiors, such as patient rooms with family desk areas, custom millwork, built-in furniture, wall scones and warm, natural colors, not only compensates for the irregular floors, it affords patients the personalized care they’ve come to expect at Chandler Regional Hospital.

Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center
Spring Valley, California

Families without health insurance in metropolitan San Diego have depended on the Family Health Centers of San Diego for nearly three decades. This federally funded network, comprised of numerous primary care clinics throughout the County of San Diego, mobile medical units and other sites providing ancillary services, recently retained Moon Mayoras Architects, Inc. to design a 8,000-square foot, one-story Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center in Spring Valley, with the goal of creating a visual presence in the community, as well as a more efficient and appealing environment for patients and staff. The results have worked wonders for the Center, which includes 12 examination rooms, a procedure room, laboratory/specimen drawing area, outpatient registration and offices/support space. The new exterior is playful and responsive to its site, and the new interior offers efficient staff flow, bright cheerful furnishings, an interior garden, and a water element in the waiting room that provides a sense of comfort to everyone who experiences it.

Lucy Curci Cancer Center
Eisenhower Medical Center
Rancho Mirage, California

As the only not-for-profit hospital serving the desert resort communities of California’s Coachella Valley, Eisenhower Medical Center has provided high quality, compassionate care for 30 years to residents and visitors through a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment and emergency facilities. The 100-acre medical complex, a cherished, local landmark inaugurated by comedian Bob Hope and his wife Dolores and named in the honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who lived part time in the Coachella Valley during retirement, operates such impressive facilities as the 261-bed Eisenhower Memorial Hospital, Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Betty Ford Center, and Charles and Kay Hanson Birthing Center. The recent renovation and expansion of the former Heart Institute of the Desert to become the new, 80,565-square foot, two story Lucy Curci Cancer Center, designed by Moon Mayoras Architects, Inc., enhances Eisenhower’s cancer care by combining all comprehensive outpatient cancer services at one convenient, fully integrated location. The facility is named in honor of Coachella Valley real estate developer John Curci’s late wife Lucy. The facility houses an outpatient imaging center, radiation oncology, infusion therapy center, breast center and central plant within an existing, pre-cast concrete exterior that could not be substantially altered. The interior, by contrast, has been noticeably transformed into a patient-friendly environment through the use of warm and inviting colors and finishes, natural and indirect lighting, lush indoor plantings, comfortable ergonomic furniture and such focal points as the views of the Center’s healing garden through its windows and the majestic, indoor water wall whose visual and audible presence has proved to be soothing to both patients and staff. Thus, patients in need of such services as radiation therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy to the brain, high dose rate radiation therapy, 3-D conformal radiation therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, gene therapy, autologous bone marrow transplants, anti-angiogenesis drugs, monoclonal antibodies, genetic testing, or clinical trials can now immerse themselves in an optimal setting that helps them cope with the stress and discomfort of cancer treatment.

To read more about the project:
Three Rivers Community Hospital and Health Center
Chandler Regional Hospital
Grossmont Spring Valley Family Health Center
Lucy Curci Cancer Center – Eisenhower Medical Center

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