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Griffin Hospital 

The North Addition project at Griffin Hospital is a leading example of the patient-centered Planetree healthcare model. The project was ~33,000 sq. ft. with an approximate cost of $40M. At completion, the new person-centered method of caregiving could be felt in every space. Each of the structural and design alterations help cultivate the unique relationships between patients and providers.

Since the North Addition’s completion, Richard Turlington Architects designed over 50 subsequent projects for the Hospital. Design Architects at the SLAM Collaborative were responsible for manifesting the “story” of Planetree alongside Patrick Charmel, the Hospital’s CEO, and his steering committees. 

RTA has worked on the following areas:

Ansonia Outreach Clinic

To show their appreciation for Griffin Hospital's commitment to the region, Ansonia High School offered a 2,000 sq. ft. area within the school for educational outreach services. We updated this space to fit the staff’s needs.


Clinical Labs
This 7,300 sq. ft. renovation within the main building included the Chemistry, Phlebotomy, Cytology, Histology, Serology, Microbiology, and Hematology labs. We also addressed office spaces and the Cold Room.


Fitness Center
In an area overlooking the courtyard, we renovated 4,000 sq. ft. to create a gymnasium devoted to exercise and physical therapy.


Gastrointestinal Suite
We altered 5,000 sq. ft. to provide the GI clinic with rooms for waiting patients, consultations, exams and treatment, recovery, and laboratories.


Hemodialysis Unit and Mammography Unit
These 2 units inside the main building totaled 5,000 sq. ft. In each one, we added much-needed space and treatment rooms.


Multiple Sclerosis Suite
This 2,000 sq. ft. renovation included remodeling several general exam rooms, offices, and a patient waiting area.


Offices of Affiliated Private Practitioners
Griffin Hospital is associated with two local doctors in Naugatuck Valley. At Mahabir Medical Offices, we renovated a 3,000 sq. ft. office space to meet the needs of a sole general practitioner. The revnovation included a handicapped-accessible suite, exam rooms, and offices. At Dworkins Offices, we renovated 2,000 sq. ft. in a similar fashion, installing mobility features for wheelchairs and walkers and modernized exam rooms.


In the hospital’s main patient dispensary and gift shop, we included custom woodwork and stone finishes in a 1,300 sq. ft. space.


Residential Medical Structures
We equipped the Seymour Medical Offices and the Spring Street Medical Offices with more handicapped-accessible facets, exam areas, and offices for outpatient medical treatment.


Stress Management Station
In 1,000 sq. ft. of the main building’s ground floor, we renovated the nurse’s station and several monitored exercise locations.


Triage Unit
This 150 sq. ft. nurse's station is part of the hospital’s Emergency Department. Formerly, staff assessed the patients from across a table or desk; this arrangement had the potential to psychologically isolate patients from their healthcare provider in a time of high stress. Our new design removed the barrier of furniture, creating a more accessible environment.


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