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North Country Hospital's Barton Clinic Breaks Ground
North Country Hospital's Barton Clinic B

North Country Hospital (NCH) broke ground on a $1.5M clinic expansion to accommodate increased demand and bring state-of-the-art care to Vermont communities. The clinic provides Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Newborn Care, and Primary Care for the Barton/Orleans, VT area. This expansion will provide 10 new exam rooms and associated support spaces, creating a welcoming environment that has continuity with North Country Hospital’s other medical office spaces. Designed with an energy efficient building envelope, this expansion will support NCH’s energy reduction goals. The project is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2015.

L to R: Board Chair Kathy Austin, Dr. Robert Hawkins, Dr. David Bourgeois, COO Tom Frank, and Jennifer Arbuckle, Partner, MorrisSwitzer

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

Sister Caritas Cancer Center
Sister Caritas Cancer Center

The Sister Caritas Cancer Center renovation and expansion at Mercy Medical Center will increase efficiency by consolidating outpatient cancer care programs in one collaborative space. The design improves the patient experience by increasing privacy and creating a calm, nurturing environment.  The expansion to the existing radiation oncology treatment program will include a 12,500SF medical oncology clinic with 12 exam rooms, as well as a 13,500SF medical oncology treatment space with 32 infusion bays and 2 private infusion rooms. The infusion bays include privacy screening, personal televisions, and space to accommodate a supporting family member or friend. The private rooms are designed to comfort and support those who wish to be secluded during the infusion process.