Properties Magazine May 2014 : Page 23

The Art & Spirit of Interior Architecture Facility upgrades support mission of healing at Cleveland’s St. John Medical Center By Christopher Trotta levelHEADS, Inc. nterior architecture has long been a means for a static building to personally identify with its occupants on a human scale by providing a series of tangible events to inspire, direct and create a welcoming destination to interact with others. Dynamic use of color, textures, forms and pathways can define this experience and directly reflect an organization’s brand and mission when executed in a comprehensive manner. I Nothing speaks louder in regards to branding and marketing then a hospital system’s desire to serve as the destination of choice for patient care. Healthcare delivery will con-tinue being a highly competitive service line further complicated by healthcare reform and the trend of more economic services migrating to demographic-reaching, outpatient set-tings. University Hospitals and The Sisters of Charity Health System (50/50 partnership) were faced with this exact challenge at St. John Medical Center (SJMC) in Westlake, Ohio. SJMC decided to reinvest in cur-rent infrastructure and double-down on its reputation of delivering high-qual-ity, affordable healthcare services in an environment that meets each patient’s physical, mental and spiritual needs. However, what seemed to be missing from this Catholic-based hospital was a physical facility that reflected its mission: “St. John Medical Center is a com-munity healthcare resource committed to excellence. Our mission is rooted in a deep reverence and respect for human life and the dignity of each person. Our service is characterized by a spirit of love, truth, justice and stewardship. We strive always to provide care that is compassionate and professional, con-tinuing the healing ministry of Jesus in our community.” Recognizing its founding mission needed to surface through its $51.4 mil-lion master facility upgrade investment, SJMC wanted the exterior and 23 Photos by RPM Images

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