Brentwood, Tenn., – HFR Design Inc.(HFR) has been selected to design a $50 million patient tower and emergency room addition with basic architectural and engineering services for the partial replacement and renovation of the Mid Columbia Medical Center (MCMC).

The medical center is located in The Dalles, OR and HFR was selected after previously providing a comprehensive campus master plan to MCMC in the early stages of design.

Mid Columbia Medical Center is affiliated with the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), and is a member of the Planetree organization.

The Planetree organization, as stated on their website, “…guides organizations in making patient centered care the centerpiece of cohesive strategy that accelerates quality improvement and positions your organization to create change.” They believe that the core values behind patient-centered care are to personalize, humanize and demystify the environment. Planetree puts an emphasis on the belief that great design and quality care go hand-in-hand.

This is HFR’s third Planetree Hospital design, others include: Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO and Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia, TN.

The Planetree organization recognized HFR with the “Spirit of Planetree” award for architectural design in 2006, for Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, CO. Valley View Hospital also received the, “Leadership and Innovation in Patient Centered Care” award in 2010.

Dr. Bill Hamilton, Vice President of Medical Affairs at MCMC and Project Executive said, “Mid Columbia Medical Center was the first hospital to implement the Planetree philosophy hospital-wide in the nation. In 1990 we did a major remodel, and have been doing it that way ever since.” The medical center has been affiliated with the Planetree alliance for nearly 15 years. “Planetree is wholly patient centered and family centered. We have been implementing this philosophy long before it became the buzz word it is now. We want to help shape and create the culture of healthcare.”

The MCMC wants to continue incorporating the latest patient-oriented concepts with the Planetree values that emulate innovative design in the health-care market and promote a progressive nature in patient care.

Jim Easter, Healthcare Development Consultant for HFR, and Healthcare Planning Consultant for the project believes, “Aspects of this program embrace quality design, program transparency, personalized care, diet/nutrition/wellness, natural healing attributes of the environment and responsiveness to the patient’s cultural background and ethnic status.”

By combining HFR’s past projects with Planetree and MCMC’s needs for particular dynamic patient care, the campus will now include a new comprehensive patient tower, expanded parking, and medical/professional space.

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