Guadalupe Regional Medical Center

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Construction continues

Construction continues

One can see the progress.

One can see the progress.

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Guadalupe Regional Medical Center launched a $100 million expansion  project in 2008.

“It’s been proven for centuries that human beings connect very well with nature, and places that embrace that natural design experience a positive atmosphere for healing,” says Michelle Rumbaut, chief operating officer (COO) of Guadalupe Regional, which is six months {July 15, 2008}  into a three-year expansion that will net the facility 117 private rooms. “We’re building a healing garden with a river fountain flowing through it and lots of big windows with natural flooding light. We’ve paid a lot of attention to details that are related to nature.”

All of the patient rooms will be private with large windows and lush views.  Private rooms are for safety, not just luxury.

Guadalupe Regional’s rooms, designed by architects Perkins + Will, include a distinct area for up to three family members that gives the patient a little breathing space. “Our rooms and the furniture will make family feel comfortable and welcome to stay,” Rumbaut says. “Built-in cubbies are being designed for a wall near the family area so loved ones can store their stuff and the room doesn’t feel cluttered. Each cubbie will have data hookups. We want families to have more of a hotel feeling.”

Spa treatment

At Guadalupe Regional, the entire update of the 48-year-old hospital incorporates the theme of the “River of Life” to celebrate the Guadalupe River which runs through Seguin. “The whole floor design of the hospital flows like a river with terrazzo entrances and the main mall acting like one big river,” Rumbaut says. All the art and photography will be nature related and special features such as wall fountains, healing gardens, a palm courtyard with decorative lighting and a mediation/chapel room with stained glass.

“Centuries ago, hospitals were always built with patient rooms overlooking gardens. And it’s a very obvious thing — sunshine and connecting to nature is a healing opportunity and I think we got away from that when air conditioning was invented,” Rumbaut says.

There will be private consultation rooms and doctors’ workrooms on each floor.

[transcribed from San Antonio Business Journal, July 11, 2008]

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