HDR, an architectural, engineering and consulting firm based in Omaha that is working with Chief Industries subsidiary Prataria Ventures, LLC, and local physicians to build a second hospital in Grand Island, has released further details on the 64-bed hospital.

A four-story, 174,000-square-foot full-service community hospital is to be located at the southwest corner of Highways 281 and 34 in Grand Island.

Construction is expected to be completed in October 2019. The hospital will begin to serve patients in 2020.

Services offered will include emergency care, surgery, labor and delivery, imaging and diagnostics (radiation, fluoroscopy, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, mammography, ultrasound), endoscopy, interventional procedures, a cath lab and a pharmacy.

The hospital will include six emergency care exam rooms, five operating rooms, two cath lab/interventional radiology rooms, two endoscopy/procedure rooms, post anesthesia care unit, central sterile processing, three labor and delivery rooms, one C-section suite, two antepartum rooms and eight postpartum rooms.

The upper portion of the building is composed of a mechanical floor with offices, as well as two floors of bed units, each with 32 rooms.

All patient rooms will be private and grouped in sets of eight, allowing the care staff to provide maximum efficiency of care. A central corridor provides for an “on-stage/off-stage” design to contain noise from support spaces so that patient rooms are quiet and restful. A family lounge will be located at each end of the patient floors, with extensive natural light and healing art throughout. All patient rooms will be conversion-ready to adapt to a number of acuity levels: ICU, general medical/surgical, orthopedics and postpartum.

Support departments will include a kitchen, café/dining room, community conference room and an administrative suite.

The site influenced many of the building materials for HDR’s design, which references the local history and context in a contemporary way. Colors and textures will draw from iron oxide paint, stone and wood. HDR says this establishes a design vocabulary that is at once both familiar and contextual to its surroundings, and also modern and bold to correspond with the vision for the project.

The hospital’s entrance is oriented to the southwest so that many of the patient rooms will have windows with a southeast orientation. This entrance location also provides safe access to the hospital from the highway for public and emergency vehicles.

Upon entering the hospital, visitors will be greeted with white walls, a wood ceiling and other design elements, an aluminum curtain wall and high clerestory windows.

The new hospital will be about caring for patients, supporting the community and connecting with our neighbors, said Dr. Ryan Crouch of Grand Island Hospital Holding, LLC, a consortium of local physicians and community partners seeking to optimize health care delivery for patients in and around the Grand Island community. “With an emphasis on transparency and quality health care, it represents an investment in the health of the community in which we live and work.”

The new Grand Island Regional Hospital is part of the first phase of a larger Prairie Commons development.

Subsequent development plans include a hotel with conference space, a multiple-story medical office building, residential living, senior living, office space, restaurants, retail, bike and hiking trails and green space. The intent is to create a wellness campus with opportunities that promote health and well-being.