Martha's Vineyard Hospital : Spacious and Airy
A visitor who compares the new building to the old will come to the immediate conclusion that there is a great deal of space. Tim Walsh, hospital CEO, said it is a common reaction, but much of the interior design was dictated by Massachusetts Department of Public Health hospital codes.
For example, state regulations require a staff lounge and locker room for each hospital department. “You know how many one and two-person departments I have?” Mr. Walsh said. “But we worked our way through it.”
The main hospital entrance opens to an airy foyer set at the base of a tower designed to provide natural light. There are separate entrances for the emergency department for walk-in patients and those who arrive by ambulance. The first floor houses the surgery, radiology, and emergency departments, a laboratory, and the admitting area. The new emergency department features 16 private treatment rooms. There is a separate “bereavement” room where medical staff can talk to family members. Click on photo to enlarge.
The second floor elevator foyer provides a window view of the nursery. The delivery area includes three labor and delivery rooms and a birthing tub. There are three rooms in the intensive care unit and an additional 18 patient rooms. All rooms are private and provide water views. A roof garden is located on the west side of the building. Click on photo to enlarge.
The main entrance. Click on photo to enlarge. Photos by Ralph Stewart
The hospital lobby. Click on photo to enlarge.
The maternity nurses station. Click on photo to enlarge.
A patient room with a water view. Click on photo to enlarge.