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Cooley Dickinson's Atwood Health Center Opens
Cooley Dickinson's Atwood Health Center

The recently opened Atwood Health Center for Cooley Dickinson Health Care will offer outpatient, laboratory, and pharmacy services for area residents in a Medical Home model of care. MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health was the planner and interior architect for this 50,000SF project which sought to provide convenient and accessible healthcare in a family friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

Primary care doctors and physician specialists located at the Atwood Health Center include cardiologists, general surgeons, and infectious diseases physicians. Imaging, phlebotomy, and obstetrics are also located on site as well as a diabetes care center. A rehabilitation center also will provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy. Unique spaces were designed to specifically cater to the rehabilitation needs of children, separate from the adult rehabilitation spaces, to better serve the needs of both patient populations.

MorrisSwitzer has a long-standing relationship with Cooley Dickinson Health Care, a Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate, and is currently working on multiple ambulatory care projects at the campus.

Featured Projects

Eastern Maine Medical Center
Eastern Maine Medical Center

A multi-phased $247M modernization project for Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) broke ground with a 361,000SF projects that will provide state-of-the-art operating rooms, consolidated heart care, updated space for laboring moms and their babies, new neonatal intensive care space, and increased private rooms for patients.
The project utilizes evidence-based design in its approach to patient-centered care and is a Center for Health Design Pebble Project member. Phase 1 of the project includes a 29 single-bassinet neonatal intensive care unit, 6 labor and delivery rooms with 25 postpartum rooms, nuclear medicine, non-invasive cardiology, 8 invasive labs, 32 inpatient telemetry rooms, a 24-bed critical care unit, and 14 state-of-the-art operating rooms with pre-op and PACU. The new surgical center will include 2 hybrid ORs and connect with the existing outpatient ORs to create a single surgical department. Emphasis was placed on durability and ease of maintenance as well as infection control, and the comfort of patients and staff. 


Facility Design with the Patients at the Center
Facility Design with the Patients at the

Partner Jennifer Arbuckle, AIA, LEED AP, presented research "Facility Design with the Patients at the Center," with Dartmouth Hitchcock's VP of Community Group Practices, Christine Schon, MPA, FACMPE, at the Medical Group Management Association 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. 

On the Boards

Blythedale Pediatric Long Term Care
Blythedale Pediatric Long Term Care

The third phase of Blythedale Hospital's expansion and renovation includes the conversion of old nursing units to long term care. The 16,500SF project provides 24 beds.

MorrisSwitzer developed the master plan for this freestanding children's rehabilitation hospital and has completed Phase 1 and 2.