Western Maine Health Care – Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility
Western Maine Health Care (WMHC)’s outpatient services experienced a period of rapid growth due to the expansion of their rehabilitation program. After exceeding the available space in their existing facility, WMHC engaged SMRT in 2017 to design a new building focused primarily on outpatient rehabilitation. The new 2-story, 20,000 s.f. facility houses multiple practices, each with distinct needs. All patient treatment spaces were designed around a standardized 120 s.f. module to allow for future flexibility. Benchmarks for success included additional program space that doubled the treatment area and increased access to enhanced services, improved patient and staff experiences, increased access to natural light, improved air quality, and strengthened patient privacy.
The exterior is a contemporary expression of traditional materials. Designed to support Western Maine Health’s brand, the project incorporates elements that complement the surrounding vernacular while projecting an image to the community that the Outpatient Rehab Therapy MOB is a modern healthcare facility offering state-of-the-art, patient-centered care. Features of the rehabilitation area include a multi-purpose room that simulates a home environment, allowing patients to practice activities of daily living as part of their treatment. The interior design includes colors and patterns inspired by the surrounding environment, which brings comfort to patients and staff.
The project anticipates future development needs expected by WMHC by incorporating second floor shell space. The project also maximizes site features like parking and views to improve community visibility. Provider offices and clinical work areas have been standardized throughout the building, while also maintaining flexibility.
“We are privileged to expand specialty care services in the Oxford Hills community. Our goal is to expand the reach of our Portland-based nationally-renowned specialists to promote access for patients and families in need of these services within the local community whenever possible.”