Martha Jefferson Hospital

Charlottesville, Virginia

Martha Jefferson Hospital, a member of Sentara Healthcare, hired Kahler Slater to master plan and design their new 176-bed replacement hospital campus with a goal of re-defining community health care and becoming a national benchmark. 

Kahler Slater partnered with Martha Jefferson to ensure their vision was met through every experience. The hospital is set into the hillside in a park-like setting, minimizing site construction and visual impact to the community.This client's challenge was to create the most operationally efficient new chassis for a community hospital that would contribute to improved clinical outcomes, create a better place to practice medicine and increase patient satisfaction. Organized into Centers of Excellence, the new campus supports flexible expansion and efficient delivery of services. The ultimate master plan includes 1,300,000 square feet and 448 inpatient beds, yet is designed to a human scale to feel comforting and welcoming, with a special focus on Martha Jefferson's "Caring Tradition."

The design features repeating nursing unit modules with standardized patient care areas and a robust back-of-house support system. Evidence-based design, Lean operational improvement strategies and a strong focus on patient and staff safety have been integrated into the design. The most significant planning solution created a Surgical and Interventional Procedural Center (SIPC), co-locating all major modalities (surgery, heart and vascular labs, interventional radiology and endoscopy) as well as supporting services including prep and recovery beds. Central Sterile and bedded care are horizontally adjacent, minimizing staff and patient travel. This consolidation maximizes flexibility for future expansion as well as changes in volumes or types of procedures over time, while creating physician and staff efficiencies and a streamlined "one stop" patient experience.

Kahler Slater also provided successful Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Public Need (COPN) support and unique philanthropic communications services, which supported Martha Jefferson in exceeding their $50M capital campaign goal. This LEED Certified hospital was completed in 2011 and ranked #1 in Soliant's 2012 "Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the US."

Since opening, this project has realized significant results including a 56% increase in on time procedural starts, a 43% lower than national average rate for falls and injuries and a 37% increase in HCAHPS patient satisfaction measures.

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