Maine Medical Center – Scarborough Medical Office Building
SMRT has partnered with Maine Medical Center (MMC), Maine’s largest urban hospital, for nearly two decades. As Maine Medical Center has grown, SMRT has been there to understand their needs and solve unique challenges. This new 4-story 110,000 s.f. ambulatory care facility provides much needed additional space and advances MMC’s patient-centric, collaborative care model by bringing neurology, radiology, ENT, and vascular surgery services together under one roof. Co-locating these services in one building also facilitates integrated collaboration between specialties. SMRT worked closely with MMC’s team to understand and prioritize the project’s goals and guiding principles. Through design and thoughtful planning, the new MOB improves the patient and provider experience by increasing access to the clinics and exam rooms, and creates a safer environment of care.
“This facility will provide a new home for the Neuroscience Institute, Maine’s Largest and most complete resource for diagnosing and managing neurological disorders and spinal problems and injuries for patients of all ages.”
Maine Medical Center
The design of the Neuroscience Institute focused on accommodating everyone across the neuro-spectrum. SMRT focused on solving challenges for those with blurred vision, memory impairment, difficulty with language, poor cognitive abilities, and reducing sensory overload, among other symptoms. Design choices included the use of flooring surfaces that maintain a consistent color throughout the building, regardless of the material. This helps reduce the creation of visual “holes” in the floor, allowing patients with reduced vision to navigate the space more easily and safely. Color and strategically placed art aids in consistent wayfinding throughout the building. The incorporation of natural materials, increased daylight, and a palette inspired by the state of Maine comforts and reduces stress in patients and staff. This new medical office building will offer seamless care for patients with multiple disorders and provide the opportunity for better collaboration between providers, according to Maine Health.
“The new facility will dramatically improve the experience of patients visiting these practices. They will receive top-notch, patient-centered care at a facility that is right off the highway. It is important that our colleagues work in facilities that reflect the world-class care they provide to their patients. This investment is not only in our facilities, but in our colleagues, our practices, and in the care of our patients.”