A replacement community hospital campus achieves remarkable results

Sentara Healthcare
Martha Jefferson Hospital

Charlottesville, Virginia

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital 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. To embrace the historic views in the shadow of Monticello while minimizing visual impact to the community, the hospital is set into the hillside, minimizing site construction and cost.

Challenged with creating the most operationally efficient new chassis for a community hospital that would contribute to improved clinical outcomes, the goal was to 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.”

Evidence-based design, Lean operational improvement strategies and safety-centric planning are integrated throughout the design. The most significant planning solution created a Surgical and Interventional Procedural Center (SIPC), co-locating all major modalities as well as supporting services, prep and recovery beds. Central Sterile and bedded care are horizontally adjacent, minimizing staff and patient travel. The SPIC consolidation of eight previous departments into one maximizes flexibility for future expansion and accommodates fluctuations in volume or types of procedures over time, while creating physician and staff efficiencies and a streamlined “one stop” patient experience. 

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decrease in patient falls


lower than national average rate for falls and injuries


increase in on-time procedural starts


decrease in procedure room turnover time


decrease in procedural center staff overtime


increase in staff satisfaction


increase in HCAHPS patient satisfaction measures


Professional Research Consultants) patient satisfaction awards – 6 reflect top 10% performance nationally

LEED-Certified hospital

60% less

Energy Star Rating Analysis estimated approximately 60% less energy use as compared to a similar hospital of the same in the same geographic region


Ranked the #1 Most Beautiful Hospital in the U.S. (Soliant 2012)

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We are very pleased with the results we have achieved with our expert collaborators from Kahler Slater. Our patients and visitors have experienced the difference, and we are delighted.”

James E. Haden, Former President and CEO, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

We would highly recommend Kahler Slater for any Healthcare construction project. You could not find a better firm to partner with.”

Michael Spatz, Director of Support Services, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital