Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Psychiatric Hospital

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Psychiatric Hospital

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North Tampa Behavioral Health WESLEY CHAPEL, FL

David E. Johnson Architect (DEJA) NASHVILLE, TN

For a community like Wesley Chapel, Florida to grow and prosper, it is vital to provide a complete continuum of healthcare services. DEJA's design of the 52,365 square-foot North Tampa Behavioral FHealth Center is providing this burgeoning Tampa suburb with critically needed, top-notch behavioral healthcare, including outpatient services easily accessible on site. The design concept is an optimal blend of elegance, comfort, flexibility and value.

Major cost savings resulted from the facility's strategic placement on a Greenfield site, leveraging one protected wetland as a front entrance feature, and nestling patient wings between additional protected wetlands. A compact, flexible single-story design maximizes efficiency, minimizing construction costs and offering ongoing operational savings. Three separate patient wings--each serving a distinct patient population --access centrally located support services, such as soiled utility, clean utility, exam rooms, a staff break room and storage. Centralizing support services rather than duplicating them within each patient wing provides efficiencies in stocking and servicing.

"Sharing" spaces further contributes to the cost effective design. For example, the dining room can become a community education room or even a visitation room with access to the front lobby and the secure patient/staff corridor. Likewise, ambulance and police admits share a canopy with deliveries.

A southern-style entrance is complemented by a wing of comfortable bedrooms, day spaces and therapy rooms, all tucked within the Florida landscape. Warm woods, a welcoming color palette, and finely crafted details create a dignified and healing environment. …

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