McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital|
HMN Architects, Inc.
7400 West 110th Street, #200, Overland Park, KS 66210
Location: Carthage, Missouri
Date Bid: July 2005
Construction Period: July 2005 to Dec 2007
Total Square Feet: 142,960 Site: 34 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 142,960; total, 142,960 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’9” to 39’3”; total, 39’3”.
Basic Construction Type: New/12B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwalls, solid composite exterior wall
panel. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior
Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Construction Manager & General Contractor: JE Dunn Construction
Company - 929 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Structural Engineer: Bob D. Campbell & Company, Inc. - 4338
Belleview, Kansas City, MO 64111
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: Brack & Associates
Consulting Engineers - 3501 S.W. Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66614
Civil Engineer: Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc. - 920 Main,
10th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64105
Conversations initially began with the McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital's
team on how to best continue the McCune-Brooks mission and vision while
providing a healing and restorative environment for patients, families,
visitors and staff. By working with the themes of water, natural light
and the environment as traditional sources of healing, the team began to
reinvent the hospital's internal culture and operations, integrating
nature as part of the healing process. The result is a facility that is
a cultural center for the community, a healthcare resource for the whole
person and integrates the latest technology available in patient care.
Patient rooms were designed and constructed for families to effectively
participate in the patients' care. The orientation of the bed and
locations of furnishings, artwork and other room amenities were
carefully crafted with family participation in mind. Each room is
equipped with a flat screen television and space for a small
refrigerator, so families feel welcome, making their stay less
stressful. Several other major design elements throughout the hospital
provide patients with a restorative environment with the incorporation
of natural daylight and views to nature from the facility, which aid in
the reduction of stress. The windows in each patient room are large
enough to provide sufficient daylight, even in winter months, with
portions of the window sills extending down to the floor, to allow the
patients to see the courtyard stream and pond from their bed.
The facility is organized along a central circulation, which fronts a
large central courtyard. This space is more than sixty feet in width in
response to behavioral studies indicating that courtyards of fewer
dimensions limit daylight and is minimally effective in relieving
stress. Each patient care area can be expanded, or modified, to suit
changing needs. For instance, each clinical department can expand
independently into either interior "soft" space or into a defined
exterior zone. The location of future stairs and elevators were
carefully planned, so that nursing units can expand not only
horizontally, but also vertically.
The nursing units are arranged on the south side of the courtyard and
are grouped into three pods: the Birthing Center, with four LDRP rooms;
the Medical/Surgical Unit; and the shared Rehabilitation and Geri-Psych
pod. The nursing concept is based on decentralized patient care with
shared staff support spaces. Each patient room has been designed for ADA
accessibility and ease of staff assistance to patients. The intensive
care rooms were planned to allow for multi-acuity patient care needs.
Additional flexibility has been planned in the patient room design, so
that medical, surgical and rehabilitation patients may be accommodated
in a variety of ways. In addition, each of the psychiatric rooms may be
converted to medical, surgical or rehabilitation rooms in the future.
The hospital actively reaches out to the community in a number of ways.
The City of Carthage lacks civic facilities where citizens can meet.
Part of the new hospital's focus from day one was the incorporation of
community rooms, which can be used for community-wide gatherings, health
fairs and staff training, as well as a cafeteria that will be an
inviting locale for the public. Additionally, the Cardiac Rehabilitation
and Physical Therapy Center is planned to be a public amenity, featuring
a glass-walled facade facing the water feature and a soaring roof that
can be seen from a distance.
McCune-Brooks' mission and vision is strong in Carthage, Missouri. The
facility continues to provide state of the art healthcare services by
working with the themes of water, natural light and the environment, as
traditional sources of healing continuing the legacy of care
DIV. 4: Masonry: Cloud Ceramics Brick.
DIV. 7: Composite Wall Panels: Trespa; Membrane: Carlisle.
DIV. 8: Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Windows:
DIV. 9: Access Floor: Tate; VCT: Tarkett;
Carpet: Constantine; Epoxy: Desco; Sheathing: DensGlass
Gold(R) by Georgia Pacific.