Although we had worked with Surgery Partners on other facilities, Valley Ambulatory propelled our partnership to the next level by dialing in our healthcare design services. Their existing St. Charles facility, although leading edge in the 1980s, could no longer meet today’s medical demands. They needed to relocate, and we launched a major coordination effort in response.
Pulling together our development, healthcare design and construction teams, as well as decision-makers in multiple customer locations, we engaged in a thoughtful strategic review of recent design questions and revisions, setting the stage for a facility that would be flexible enough to meet future demands. The planful process also required great flexibility—midway through, Surgery Partners experienced an unexpected change in leadership, requiring fast footwork as our designers reconciled the visions of former and current administrators. The revised plans then created challenges for our construction team, since the small project site had to be reconfigured for an expanded facility, and there were multiple curve balls related to logistics, weather and permitting.
Having overcome the complex issues—while staying on schedule and budget—the resulting 24,000-SF ambulatory surgical center with Sterile Core delivers necessary flexibility as the healthcare landscape and patient needs continue to evolve. It features a canopied patient drop-off/pick-up area, six operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and delivers optimum efficiency and safety, as well as a more supportive experience for patients.