McCownGordon Breaks Ground on Innovative Rural Health Care Facility
KANSAS CITY, MO Gould Evans, in partnership with Kahler Slater, McCownGordon Construction, Grand Construction and Hospital Districts #5 and 6 of Harper County, Kansas, has designed the new Patterson Health Center, which promises to offer a new model for the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of rural communities.
The 62,500-square-foot facility, significantly funded and inspired by the Patterson Foundation, which was funded by Neal Patterson, co-founder and former CEO of Cerner. It will be an anchor for a health campus organized around community engagement, and is programmed to improve the health status of the entire county population. The project will consolidate the current clinic, hospital and rehabilitation services offered in both Harper and Anthony, Kansas, uniting the two communities in one place, under one roof.
"There are many challenges facing the future of healthcare in Harper County and other rural communities. The Patterson Foundation understands that success lies not only in innovation, but in collaboration among interested parties," said Lindsey Smith, Director, Patterson Foundation. "We are honored to have Gould Evans as a partner as we strive to transform the way health and care are delivered in rural communities."
Gould Evans and Kahler Slater's design of the new campus addresses the fundamentals that are inherent to the characteristics of rural life, including changing demographics and the economic stresses facing many rural hospitals across America.
The Patterson Health Center will be a new model for rural health care sustainability, offering an innovative approach to standard clinic programming that provides care teams with the greatest flexibility to respond to the changing health care landscape.
The "˜Integrated Care Team' layout brings patient rooms, staff working areas and service provider offices together in one place, creating a centralized, "˜off-stage' collaboration space. This allows for more interaction among the care teams and a more streamlined approach to patient care and health outcomes.
"The last conversation I had with Neal was coincidentally about this project, and I know how important this community was to him and his family," said Anthony Rohr, National Managing Principal, Gould Evans. "We incorporated every lesson we learned from Neal into this project, and there's so much more to it than a collection of organized program spaces. It's using a community health platform of "˜Get Well, Eat Well, Stay Well' as an economic driver to improve a community's health."
The facility combines a health clinic with various aspects of a community center, allowing the space to be used not only for treatment, but also for education, prevention and complete long-term wellness. These community spaces include:
"¢ Wellness Center - dedicated area for group and individual fitness
"¢ Community Center - future facility for more generous indoor fitness capabilities
"¢ CafÃ© - central area that offers local, "not hospital" food, banter and space for gatherings
"¢ The Yard - open, central green space for community events such as art fairs, movies, school programs, etc.
"¢ Community Gardens - dedicated space for garden activities with a food bank and volunteer office
"¢ Rural Health Institute - future office for flexible education spaces and offices for health-centered programs
"¢ Trail system - dedicated to both Harper and Anthony; used for physical therapy, rehabilitation and community activity
"Our firm is honored to serve as the construction manager for this significant and innovative project," said Todd Knight, Regional Director for McCownGordon Construction and leader of the firm's office in Manhattan, Kansas. "As a leader in healthcare construction, we understand the importance of this facility to addressing rural healthcare."