This project involves full development of a health care campus on approximately 120 acres of undeveloped land. The campus will include a regional Ambulatory Care Center, Medical Office Building, Cancer Center, and an inpatient hospital with a Women’s and Children’s Pavilion. The inpatient hospital is a replacement and relocation of Virtua Voorhees Hospital which is approximately 3.5 miles away from the existing site.
The programs and services planned for the new site will be largely driven by Virtua Health’s Programs of Excellence which include: Women’s, Children’s, Surgery, Diagnostics, Cardiology and Oncology. The opportunity to build a campus from the ground up allows Virtua Health to organize services and facilities by specialty to offer “one-stop” shopping and comprehensive and integrated care delivery.
The new $500 million campus will be situated in an environment highlighted by ponds, fountains and landscaped areas bordering buildings and parking areas. Walkways and gardens will wind through the campus and existing natural wetlands will be preserved. Of the 120 acres of land, 60 acres will be developed, while the remaining landscape will be utilized to create a campus-like environment with healing gardens and grounds.
Groundbreaking occured in early Spring 2007. The project manager is the Hammes Company; Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc.(HGA) is the architectural firm.
Virtua Health is a data driven organization and culture that has numerous metrics in place which yield tremendous opportunities for determining where it wants to focus its Pebble Project research efforts.
- Fendrick, S., Kotzen, M., Gandhi, T., & Keller, A. (2007). Process-driven design: Virtua Health planning a greenfield campus. Healthcare Design, 7(5), 16–16,18,20.
“When planning a replacement hospital and ambulatory care center, Virtua purposely invested resources and time to studying process, researching future technology and care delivery trends, and applying Lean to the design process.”
- Gandhi, T., & Joseph, A. (2011). Getting it right the first time: A process-driven facility design approach at Virtua Health. Healthcare Design, 11(4), 16–16,18.
“Virtua Health used a process-driven approach from the earliest stages of its hospital design to achieve the organization's goals for the project. This involved a strong focus on determining the care delivery processes that it wanted to provide and then designing the physical facility to support those processes.”