VOL. 126 | NO. 176 | Friday, September 9, 2011
Methodist Selects OB Hospital Build Team
By Aisling Maki
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has announced it has selected the design and construction team to build its new $137 million hospital in Olive Branch, and that the team is expected to break ground on the project Oct. 19.
Methodist, which already has six hospitals in the Memphis metro area, won approval in July from the Mississippi Department of Health to begin construction on the four-story, 100-bed hospital, which will be at U.S. 78 and Bethel Road and is expected to employ about 480 people.
Recent population increases have brought expanded health care services to outlying counties such as DeSoto, whose population grew 50.4 percent between 2000 and 2010, from 107,199 to 161,252, and is expected to reach 172,226 by 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Southaven’s 339-bed Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, which employs about 1,800 workers, maintains one of the busiest emergency departments in the Mid-South and its trauma status was recently upgraded to handle more intakes.
Methodist Le Bonheur’s new Olive Branch hospital, located in the eastern part of DeSoto County near the Marshall County line, will likely serve a different population, for whom it’s more geographically convenient than the Baptist facility.
The new hospital will also be a welcomed commodity for patients whose insurance requires them to use Methodist’s services. Those patients currently must travel to Memphis to seek comprehensive medical care.
To build the new facility – which will be sustainably designed to achieve United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification – Methodist has assembled an integrated design and construction team consisting of Gresham, Smith and Partners; Smith Seckman Reid Inc.; and Turner Construction Co.
Methodist said the entire team will collaborate through all phases of design and construction to optimize project results, reduce waste and maximize efficiency.
Gresham, Smith and Partners, which has more than a dozen locations in cities that include Memphis, Nashville and Shanghai, China, focuses on sustainability and consistently ranks among the top architecture and engineering firms in the United States.
“Our team is focused on providing Olive Branch with a facility that is attractive, operationally efficient and cost-effective, as well as prepared to accommodate and adjust with the future of health care,” principal-in-charge Greg Gore of Gresham, Smith and Partners said in a statement. “Lean and evidence-based design principles will complement our spirit of collaboration and creativity as we develop a facility that provides excellence in delivery of care, allows for the incorporation of known and unknown future technologies and has a relentless focus on patient safety and satisfaction.”
Smith Seckman Reid, which also has about a dozen locations, including one in Memphis, is an engineering design and consulting firm with a core focus on the design and operation of health care facilities. The firm will provide engineering design, medical communication system planning, commissioning and LEED facilitation services for the project.
New York-based Turner Construction, which has offices across the country, specializes in general construction, construction management, design-build, green building and Building Information Modeling. It will provide construction management services for the project and serve as general contractor.