Press Release

December 30, 2020

Looking Back at 2020.

CHICAGO, IL – There is global agreement that 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges and surprises. As an industry, we continue to move forward and adapt to the world around us. Through remote work and digital collaboration, a lot has been accomplished the past 365 days. The year-end provides an opportunity for reflection on our growth and evolution as a company. Matthei & Colin Associates would like to share images from some of our stand out projects that were completed or underway in 2020.

Advocate Aurora Health – Electronic ICU
The new eICU is part of a planned consolidation of digital remote patient care and resource management departments out of the hospitals and into commercial space. Collocated with the Patient Care Command Center and Central Telemetry, the eICU offers telemedicine technology and monitoring for critical care patients in support of and with physicians and nurses in all of Advocate’s ICUs plus additional outreach patients across the country.

BroMenn Medical Center – Behavioral Health Unit
This project renovated 13,000 total square feet of space on the 3rd floor of the 1967 building to create the new Mental Health Unit (MHU) and Addiction Recovery Unit (ARU). Overarching goals were to increase patient comfort, improve patient and staff safety, better support patient well-being, and enhance treatment outcomes. The design resized the existing aging Mental Health Unit to better serve increasing patient volumes and extensively upgrade HVAC, electrical and IT infrastructure.

Meritus Health – Regional Infectious Containment Unit
The 20 bed unit was designed and constructed in just 120 days and incorporates all of the planned care and documentation practices to support the community during the COVID-19 public health pandemic and future events as they may occur. The negative-pressure and ventilator-capable environment increases the overall capacity of available beds, while limiting the exposure of the infected patients to the hospitals overall general population. The new facility features two operating modes: “normal,” where the rooms function as typical medical/surgical beds; and “infectious,” where all 20 rooms operate under negative pressure to care for infected patients and provide clinical safety.

Holland Hospital – Boven Birth Center
The expanded Boven Birth Center resulted in an updated environment supporting trusted caregivers and a personalized approach for all family members. Conceived as a multi-phased, multi-year project, the birth center combines to deliver an exceptional birthing experience and create safer, more comfortable, surroundings for mother, baby, family and staff. The new program accommodates 8 Labor, Delivery and Recovery (LDR) Rooms, 21 Postpartum Rooms, one new C-Section Delivery Room with adjacent Recovery, 14 Bassinet Term Nursery and necessary support spaces.

Bronson Health – South Haven Neighborhood Hospital
The new 52,000 square foot Hospital and Medical Offices replaces an aging, full-service 49 bed community hospital serving both Allegan and Van Buren Counties in Western Michigan. The Hospital is designed to meet the needs of the inpatient and outpatient services most utilized by the community and in keeping with future healthcare trends. The first floor will consist of 8 Inpatient Beds (6 private and 1 semi-private), 14 Bed Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, full-service Lab, Pharmacy, staff amenities and building support services. The second floor includes a physician practice setting with exam and treatment rooms to support primary and specialty care providers.

Since 1974, Matthei & Colin Associates has specialized solely in the planning and design of healthcare environments. We are committed to collaboration with our clients by understanding the challenges and recognizing the opportunities. Through a proven process of listening, asking, and creating, we translate dialogue into design.

For more information contact:

William Heun, AIA, Principal
Matthei & Colin Associates, LLC

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