Methodist Richardson Medical Center Readies for Expansion Opening in April

By Ken Hutchenrider Jr., FACHE, President, Methodist Richardson Medical Center

manCranes and construction at the southeast corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Highway over the last 14 months are evidence that Methodist Richardson Medical Center is moving full steam ahead with the opening of its new, technologically advanced hospital on that site in April 2014.

Less evident to the public is that every architectural and aesthetic detail in the facility has been expertly analyzed and chosen with patient care in mind.

We’ve been attentive to every element of the building during the construction process. I’m confident we’re building a facility in which our physicians will take pride in practicing and our patients will find comforting and healing.

When designing original architectural plans, Methodist Health System leadership, along with architect Perkins + Will and contractor Rogers-O’Brien, sought to maximize space available on the tract of land while also exhibiting creativity in design.

richardsonOur goal was to make the best use of the land we had available, but we also wanted to depart from the traditional, institutional appearance of most other hospitals. The result is the ‘s-shaped’ design you see on the site today.

We feel the hospital’s unique design reflects some of the exciting rejuvenation and renovation seen around other parts of Richardson. It invites curiosity. We wanted to design a facility that both attracts patients and inspires pride in Richardson residents.

Other benefits to the hospital’s distinct layout include closer proximity between medical units, which is more convenient for patients and also reduces walking distances for both nurses and visitors.

The architectural design of the medical center incorporates an abundance of glass, directing natural light into patient care and lobby areas to promote healing. To increase patient accessibility and convenience, all outpatient services are located on the ground floor.

Much thought also went into ensuring a comfortable environment for patients.

The facility’s 125 all-private patient rooms incorporate a unique, highly efficient design with three distinct zones — a spacious family zone next to the window, a patient zone around the bed, and the caregiver zone surrounding the patient zone.

Warm colors with accents of stone and wood are exhibited throughout the facility, and Methodist Richardson Medical Center is working with an interior design firm to outfit the hospital with a collection of art.

We are utilizing local artists to outfit the new facility with beautiful artwork. We’ll employ a wide range of pieces including paintings, tactile work, and sculptures in patient rooms, lobby and common areas, and corridors. We’re even incorporating artwork and design in wayfinding features.

Most importantly, we’re studying how all the art placed in the new hospital affects healing.

When the Methodist Richardson Medical Center expansion on the Bush/Renner campus opens, it will feature a women’s pavilion; level III neonatal intensive care unit; labor, delivery, and recovery services; an advanced neurosciences program; outpatient surgical services with a focus on minimally invasive surgery with the robotic da Vinci® Surgical System; advanced cardiac care including catheterization procedures and electrophysiology; and comprehensive imaging technologies for enhanced diagnostics and treatment. The new hospital will employ almost 900 professionals, and physicians representing more than 35 specialties are expected to join the medical staff.

Additionally, the Campbell Road campus is set for a renovation upon completion of the expansion. Behavioral Health and Addiction Recovery services will remain on the Campbell campus, and inpatient rehab and long-term acute care services will also be available through another provider who leases space from the hospital. A full-service emergency department, outpatient lab and imaging, and outpatient physical rehabilitation will also remain at the Campbell campus. Most importantly, physicians will still occupy the two medical plazas/office buildings on the campus.

The Campbell Road campus has served Richardson for almost 40 years and will remain vibrant and viable after the expansion is complete.

We are proud of our new facility, but we’re most excited about providing enhanced health care services to residents in Richardson, Garland, Murphy, Plano, Sachse, Wylie, and surrounding areas.