‘Patients First’ Goal Guides Revitalization of Elliot Hospital

Solinksy Center for Cancer Care

Manchester, NH – At Elliot Hospital, located in Manchester, E4H Environments for Health Architecture led a master planning process which performed strategic assessment of Elliot Health System’s (EHS) site and facilities, operations, and current and future sizing needs, as well as an overall synthesis of options for the future of the EHS facilities.

Infusion bays at the Solinsky Center for Cancer Care

With a “patients first” goal, a design-build team was formed in a partnership between SolutionHealth, E4H Architecture, and BOND Brothers to implement the critical initiatives identified in the master plan. The sequence of projects began with the Solinksy Center for Cancer Care, then transitioned to an inpatient floor renovation to create more private rooms, and lastly tackled the design of a new emergency department.

Elliot Hospital has been a cancer care provider in New Hampshire for decades. The Solinsky Center for Cancer Care brings together a medical oncology treatment area, clinics and the existing radiation oncology setting to create a comprehensive cancer center. Various features, such as an abundance of natural light, large windows, a healing garden, and a meditation room, were designed to improve patient experience and enhance the skills of the caregiving team.

Linear accelerator at the Solinsky Center for Cancer Care

The first phase of the 26,000sf emergency department addition and renovation recently opened, and includes a new waiting room, reception area and triage rooms. When fully completed the new emergency department will include 28 treatment rooms divided into “pods,” two consult rooms, and three new trauma bays. The main challenge of designing the emergency department was that it needed to be constructed directly in front of the existing emergency drop-off and main entrance, while remaining operational during the entire renovation. The overall design accommodates heightened infection control measures with design improvements to isolate flow in waiting and triage, increase ventilation and air filtration systems, and increase preparedness for a surge of capacity for future mass health events.