Two of the three phases are now complete
COLUMBUS, Ohio – DesignGroup and Adena Health System collaborated on the $36 million, multi-phase renovation and addition of Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. The 69,000-square foot project puts an emphasis on improving efficiency and expanding capacity for the hospital’s Emergency Department and creating a more welcoming and comfortable environment for patients and visitors in the facility’s west entrance.
Adena’s Emergency Department has seen significant growth with increased patient and visitor volumes as well as an increase in providers and staff since its last renovation in 1986. In addition, patient privacy requirements and advancements in technology and equipment had put space at a premium. DesignGroup partnered with Jon Huddy, a nationally renowned emergency department planner, on the project.
Renderings are courtesy of DesignGroup
“This expansion of the Emergency Department has allowed Adena Health System to serve its growing patient volume in the most efficient and caring way possible,” said Elliott Bonnie AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DesignGroup director, healthcare studio leader and designer.
The now-complete first phase of the project includes a new 44,000-square-foot Emergency Department addition, which provides three times more clinical space. Recently completed phase two totaling approximately 11,000 square feet encompasses renovations to the existing west entry, including a new centralized registration area, dine-in café, new canopies, as well as new separate entry drives for visitors and emergency responders, a new parking lot and a new helipad. The design vision was to create a new front door for the hospital for increased clarity in the arrival sequence. Affiliated sitework is incorporated into both phases. The third and final phase totaling approximately 14,000 square feet scheduled to start this fall includes interior renovations of the former Emergency Department space that will feature behavioral health rooms, new imaging space (CT and x-ray), break rooms and other support space to enhance the hospital’s Emergency Department operations.
Adena staff were engaged in planning efforts spanning several months and worked with DesignGroup to incorporate healthcare best practices that aligned with Adena’s strategic objectives.
Founded in 1972, DesignGroup is an AIA Ohio Gold Medal architecture and design firm with offices in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio and in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The practice focuses on civic + cultural, education, library, healthcare and commercial projects. With numerous, award-winning projects located throughout the United States, DesignGroup's work is unmistakable, with a balance of stunning contemporary architecture, thoughtful renovations and sustainable building practices. Civic responsibility is integral to DesignGroup’s philosophy; beyond bricks and mortar, the firm is deeply involved in community organizations and its design principals are recognized as thought leaders in design. Learn more at
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