Natural light will be key in the new Madison Health, according to the latest sketches of the hospital’s $25 million expansion and modernization project released this week.
Artist’s renderings of the hospital’s new 24,000-square-foot addition show windows everywhere: the second-floor cancer center has floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the infusion bays, where chemotherapy patients sit to receive their treatments, looking over the green space; the first-floor emergency department has windows in every private patient room; the main staircase is completely wrapped in windows to create a dramatic effect.
Think of it like transition lenses, said Bob Waldeck, the hospital’s vice president of strategy and construction management. He was hired last year to oversee the project and has been working closely with architect Trinity Health Group of Westerville, who took inspiration from the new Mount Carmel hospital in Grove City.
Although the hospital’s board of trustees has not yet voted to approve the sketches, Waldeck expects minimal, if any, changes.
The curb appeal of the hospital will dramatically change under the plan, which will open up the view between Cowling Park and the hospital.
Sketches show the public’s main entrance will be moved to Park Avenue, although a new, 90-degree entrance will remain on Main Street for use by ambulances. What is now considered the hospital’s main entrance will be a side entrance mostly used by the obstetrics department, which will also receive a facelift to make rooms feel more like hotels with updated furnishings.
“We want people to stay here,” he said. “So we want our rooms to feel more like the big city hospitals.”
Houses along Park Avenue will be demolished to make room for extensive green space and additional parking. The hospital’s power plant, storage garage and professional office building will also be torn down to make room for the new design.
Power will be moved back to the hospital’s basement, where it was when the hospital was built 55 years ago. Capacity will also be increased.
In place of the various small buildings will be a new, modern entrance for outpatient services — which make up 80 percent of the hospital’s revenue, Waldeck notes. The Park Avenue Medical Building will also be connected with the main hospital in that area.
Work is expected to begin in May with the demolition of some of the houses along Park Avenue to start moving utilities. Waldeck hopes to have the pad of the addition completed by this September, with all walls up on the addition by December so that interior work can continue through winter.
The entire project is slated to be completed by Dec. 31, 2018.
To pay for the project, the hospital has launched a capital campaign, named “Building on Excellence,” to raise $6 million. More than $2.5 million has been raised, according to the hospital’s latest newsletter. The hospital will finance the remaining cost.
The hospital has also purchased the property located on the north side of the campus. The loading dock will be moved to that side of the main building.