Kahler Slater worked with Martha Jefferson Hospital (MJH) on the patient-centered planning and interior design for their new 97,000 SF Outpatient Care Center (OCC) in Charlottesville, Virginia. The OCC includes: imaging (MRI/CT/Mammography); a joint venture ambulatory surgery center; independent and employed physicians’ offices; urgent care; rehabilitation services; integrative therapies (massage, yoga); wellness education; women’s health (breast health services; midlife assessment; bone densitometry; continence; counseling and care coordination; education and resource center); and café.
This This facility was designed to achieve a differentiating health care experience in the client's marketplace. The MJH OCC has become not only a health care destination, but a community gathering point and sets the tone as it is the first building on the new replacement hospital campus. Kahler Slater supported philanthropy efforts for this project through design of special materials and events to build enthusiasm in the greater Charlottesville community. Inviting, comfortable, colorful and joyful are words that described the client's goal for the interior design, with a desire to reflect both the rich history of this community and their centennial tradition of caring. The distinguishing feature of the design focuses on positive distractions in the most personal settings: exam, procedure and recovery areas for clinical care. Design features include slate walls and hand crafted leaf tiles. Decoratively painted vaulted ceilings and interior nature themes connect to the beautiful long views of the site, intimate gardens and a gathering terrace with a fountain. This project successfully offloaded an overburdened older hospital campus while planning for the new hospital was underway. Community reaction to the Outpatient Care Center has been extremely positive.