For more than 30 years, we have partnered with Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) to support their strategic vision and evolving medical practice. Our design thinking has guided their transformation from a single academic medical center into a system of campuses and inpatient services, positioning them as a center of excellence for advanced, multidisciplinary and specialized care.
Working alongside the YNHH leadership, we have developed an overall campus strategy that anticipates new programs while maximizing the use of their existing footprint. In the past decade alone, we have designed more than two million sf of new construction and renovation—simultaneously planning for future growth and decanting obsolete capacity.
Breaking new ground with a Neurosciences Center
Our latest collaboration is a landmark Neurosciences Center that will stretch the boundaries of medicine by offering breakthrough treatments and the most comprehensive care in the region to patients with neurological conditions. The 505,000-square feet project will feature 204 inpatient beds and create a unique setting for patients seeking specialized care from movement disorders to neuro-generation such as Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, stroke and other neurological disorders.
The new project aims to have the same national impact as Yale’s Smilow Cancer Center when it was completed in 2010. Following that proven model of integrated care, the neurological center will treat the sickest patients by attracting leading clinicians to serve them at the facility. Through a combination of innovative research, education, and exceptional care, the center will be poised to address the special challenges facing these patients and their families.
A proven model of integrated care
A first-of-its kind initiative for Connecticut, the $838 million investment will make YNHH an epicenter for neurological research and care. The project will further our work to connect YNHH and the former Hospital of Saint Raphael–which came together in 2012–and establish one hospital across both campuses.
Set within the bounds of Saint Raphael campus, the new facility will enable closer alignment between the clinical services offered at the two campuses, creating a seamless experience of care. And the expansion of the existing Emergency Department will enhance the treatment of stroke and other emergent care.
Through a variety of design features, the center connects with the residential neighborhood. A 1000-space increase in the parking capacity of the campus will offer the patients and the staff ease of access and movement, while a set of green spaces woven in and around the space will provide opportunities for respite and an escape from the clinical setting.