Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC), teaming with the University of North Carolina, implemented the largest single construction project to date for their main campus with the addition of the East Carolina Heart Institute. This project centralizes all cardiovascular related services into one new location and provides a single point of care for patients, for both treatment as well as prevention of heart disease. Patients come from around the world to receive treatment from the staff and facilities at ECHI. Integrating research and patient-centered care, ultimately leads to scientific discoveries and clinical applications benefiting those patients for years to come.
The facility design is defined as a freestanding structure, but still attached to the main campus for internal service and support. Patients identify with a distinct entry and image for the facility, while still connected with the existing medical center. In the future a new Cancer Center will extend the public connection through ECHI, and mirror the exterior image and form initiated in the heart institute. The functional layout for the heart institute places public spaces and outpatient services for imaging, cardiac catheterization, interventional and vascular at the lowest level, surgery and CVICU on level 2 and inpatient beds on the upper floors. While utilizing a similar light colored palette on the exterior as the existing campus, the building also references the university of East Carolina campus by utilizing brick as a contrasting material.
Michael Tangney's role was Senior Project Designer for the Vidant Medical Center – Eastern Carolina Heart Institute project while with HDR, Inc.
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