Tradition Medical Center
Port St Lucie, Florida
To satisfy the health care needs of one of south Florida’s fastest growing communities, Martin Health System’s Tradition Medical Center opened in late 2013 after more than a decade of planning and visioning. The facility was designed and built when many health care systems were waiting out the recession and the uncertainty over the impact of national health care reform on medical reimbursement.
The facility, a 201,000 SF, 90-private bed acute care hospital, is located in Port St. Lucie, FL on the Tradition Center for Innovation Campus. The facility provides an array of services to their community including: emergency services, intensive care unit, large labor and delivery department, neonatal intensive care unit, general and specialized surgery, inpatient oncology, and diagnostic imaging. The facility was designed to expand as needed to accommodate for future growth in the community.
SSR was hired by Martin Health to provide technology design services, including communication system design, clinical consulting, and project management. SSR, along with the rest of the project team, (which included CBRE (Owner’s representative), HKS (Architect), Balfour Beatty Construction (Construction Manager) utilized the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method to ensure a collaborative, and ultimately successful, project. Having frequent group work sessions and team sessions, the entire project team bonded and was able to make more informed decisions which contributed the success of the project.
Providing technology design services, SSR’s team was involved in many different areas of the project. Our clinical consultant worked with HKS’s nurse on staff to provide improved work flow in both technology design and architecture. Martin Health placed special emphasis on having a secure facility so the design of the security system was discussed early and then at all team sessions. Early planning for IT equipment allowed for SSR to provide the design team specifications early, eliminating re-designs. SSR provided services for an OR video install, and a new nurse call system that allows for easy expansion. Towards the end of the project, SSR was asked to provide project management on site and oversee many of the inspections.
Overall team collaboration was apparent throughout the project in many forms. The early and frequent collaboration allowed the team to design the project to budget rather than design and price later only to be over budget and require redesign. Martin Health System was so pleased with the facility that they’ve contracted with many of the firms involved to work on a three story expansion that is scheduled to be completed in 2018.