Hills + Dales Hospital Breaks Ground on Expansion + Modernization
CASS CITY, MI Hills + Dales General Hospital recently broke ground on a significant expansion and modernization, a project that was planned and designed by Ghafari. Ghafari's team was first called upon to evaluate the 60-year-old hospital in Cass City, Michigan, and update its facility master plan in response to changing healthcare needs in the region.
Ghafari's Healthcare Practice Director Mike Durand and Senior Healthcare Planner Tom Gunn grabbed their shovels and hardhats to help christen the site.
UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGE
Hills + Dales General Hospital has served its community as a critical care provider for nearly 60 years. Among their core values is a commitment to constant improvement as they strive to provide the highest quality experiences to their patients, physicians and staff. To that end, the hospital recognized the rapidly changing healthcare needs of the region and sought a professional consultant to evaluate their existing campus and develop an updated master plan for future facility improvements.
We worked closely with the hospital to understand their patient base, service offerings and facility needs. Together, we developed a plan for facility expansions and upgrades that will give their physicians and administrators the space to provide better care to their patients.
TAILORING THE SOLUTION
Ghafari's team evaluated the hospital's service lines and assessed their existing facilities (totaling 147,000 square feet between the three-story hospital building and 10 clinics) and space allocations. Using this information, we forecasted the space needed to meet future operational volumes.
The proposed solution calls for a 12,000-square-foot expansion to the hospital along with approximately 16,000 square feet of renovations on the first and second floors. In addition to expanding the facility's capacity, the plan will relocate some of the hospital's administrative functions to provide a consolidated physician practice. The plan also adds a new, more welcoming canopied entrance that will house a lobby, private registration area and a gift shop.
Ghafari is now working with the hospital to execute our recommendations, providing architecture and engineering services for the expansions and renovations through the construction document phase.
SUPPORTING WHAT MATTERS
When complete, the expanded Hills + Dales General Hospital will truly be a place of healing for the modern era, enabling all who work there, from physicians and nurses to administrators, to provide premium patient care.