Northeast Georgia Health System, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton

Delivering innovative care through a small hospital / big programs model

Designed as a satellite of the flagship Gainesville campus, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton is planned around a “Small Hospital/Big Programs” concept to deliver innovative care in a community hospital setting rivaling any larger hospital nationally.

Through a collaborative process using Lean and Evidence-Based Design, HGA’s medical planners directed a series of interactive workshops with staff, physicians, and community members to formulate a vision for the new patient-focused hospital. The team focused on guiding principles established by Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS):

  • Create a total patient experience
  • Deploy Evidence-Based methodology to achieve extraordinary clinical outcomes
  • Promote collaborative, team-based care
  • Develop a sustainable setting that advances patient wellness and safety
  • Align incentives to achieve the best possible value for healthcare dollars
  • Innovate through new ideas
  • Establish a healthcare destination “village”

With the guiding principles, the team approached the project as clinical consultants, planning clinical processes first, and then the structure, basing every decision on a research-based approach in coordination with NGHS’s Lean Six Sigma Team.

The site plan promotes intuitive wayfinding, in which visitors enter a central rotunda that leads to a reception desk. Clad in a natural wood wall system, the rotunda gives prominence to the front door while referencing the design vocabulary from the existing Braselton community campus. Infused with abundant natural light, the interior visually connects to the campus landscaping, from views of the shaded courtyard outside the dining atrium to vistas of wetlands from private patient rooms.

Natural materials establish an inviting environment, with stone and wood highlighting common areas, such as the entrance rotunda, atrium, and café. Overall, the use of regional material, connection to nature, and natural daylight humanizes the building experience for patients, visitors, and staff.

Interior planning supports a team-based care philosophy that encourages physicians and staff to work together. Decentralized nurse stations and nurse servers reduce distance to supplies, allowing staff to monitor patients more effectively. An interventional platform co-locates procedure and operating room services with a common prep/recovery platform for efficient operations and use of space. And a short-stay platform co-locates patients with less than a 24-hour stay (ED and Imaging) to allow treatment spaces to flex based on time of day.

The three-story, 354,000-SF hospital on a 119-acre landscaped campus includes:

  • 100 private patient rooms
  • Imaging
  • Diagnostics
  • Emergency
  • Orthopedics
  • Heart & Vascular
  • Surgical, Neuroscience
  • Cancer Treatment Services
  • Exiting Medical Office Building with Shared Services

NGMC Braselton is a leader in environmental design and land stewardship while capturing real savings in building operating costs. To achieve LEED® Gold, the hospital integrates several sustainable innovations, including creating an energy model in which building systems are analyzed for optimal performance. A geothermal heating-and-cooling system, reclaimed purple pipe water for irrigation, and dark sky lighting that reduces light pollution all contribute to a sustainable environment, positioning NGMC Braselton among the greenest hospitals in the country.

Sustainable highlights include:

  • 60% reduction in energy consumption
  • 35% reduction in water consumption
  • Storm water infiltration captured on site
  • Reclaimed water resulting in zero potable water for irrigation
  • 98% of construction waste diverted
  • Red-Listed interior finishes are PVC and carcinogen free

HGA tailored the guiding principles around three measurable performance metrics—staffing and operations, sustainable concepts and lifecycle-cost savings, and improved patient outcomes and safety. Benchmarked metrics identified key outcomes:

  • Reduced slips and falls
  • Reduced medication error
  • Reduced time-to-diagnosis
  • Reduced length of stay

Ultimately, NGMC Braselton positions itself as a leader that cost-effectively delivers quality care and services rivaling larger hospitals nationally. Lean principles enabled the hospital to achieve operationally efficient, cost-effective results, and an outstanding patient experience. Finally, by sharing integrated diagnostic and treatment services with the adjacent medical office building, the hospital offers a comprehensive medical campus to the community.

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Location

Braselton, Georgia

Building Type

Community Hospital

Size

354,000 SF

  • 2016 Construction Owner's Association of America Gold Award
  • 2015 Engineering News Record, ENR Southeast Best Healthcare Project