Bangor, ME – St. Joseph Healthcare broke ground on their new 23,000SF Medical Office Building with a community oriented groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday October 12th. The facility was designed by MorrisSwitzer~Environments for Health and will house St. Joseph Internal Medicine’s growing primary care practice which uses a patient-based medical home model.
This new MOB, along with renovations to St. Joseph Hospital, is part of a $15M facilities improvement package through Covenant Healthcare, the parent organization of St. Joseph Healthcare.
The medical home design was used to create a focus on patient-centered care. Mary Prybylo RN, MSN, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer and President of St. Joseph Healthcare commented “We’re pleased to be working with MorrisSwitzer to enhance patient care. We want to create an environment to foster and promote strong relationships between patients and their primary care providers.” The design also includes other community focused features such as space for educational events and planned walking trails on the grounds.
The new facility will also be the first commercial building in the state to use the high performance exterior wall system known as Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). This system will contribute to the sustainability goals of Covenant Healthcare and St. Joseph as the high performance walls allow for the downsizing of the mechanical systems, resulting in long term energy usage reductions. The ICF will also lower the initial cost of the stud cavity exterior walls and will result in a faster overall construction time.