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F FIRST LOOK | 08.15 Be well Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is investing $73 million in the health of its community with the construction of a new wellness center that integrates fitness and medical care By Jennifer Kovacs Silvis At 220,000 square feet, a new wellness center under construction at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center in Lafourche, La., plans to house all of the latest and greatest equipment and technologies you might expect, including its track, fitness room, and aquatics center. But the $73 million investment has a goal greater than fitness: to help community members make healthier choices and improve their quality of life- and reduce their need for healthcare. The hospital is combating the rising healthcare costs tied to a local obesity rate of 37 percent and diabetes rate of 13 percent. To that end, the center will also support a medically integrated approach to fitness, with patients' individual medical histories and wellness needs used to create a supervised program they can follow to improve their health. Part of that integration includes Do you have a new project to share? Email Jennifer Kovacs Silvis at for details on how to contribute to First Look. 96 08.15 clinicians working on-site, physicians and specialists with expertise ranging from neuroscience to breast health to sports medicine. The building includes a wellness education center where visitors can research diseases and receive management instructions via touchscreen monitors with video technology and other educational tools. The campus itself includes an outdoor playing field and running tracks, two sand volleyball courts, and six indoor basketball and volleyball courts as well as three indoor pools. Part of its approach to wellness also includes creating a healthy and sustainable building with LEED certification in mind. Features include a solar hot water heating system, solar-powered thermal pool water heaters, water-efficient landscape irrigation, and LED lighting fixtures and motion sensors. The project team includes WHLC Architecture (Baton Rouge, La.) and Johnson Construction (Brandon, Miss.), and an opening is scheduled for early 2016. HCD Top: The aquatics center includes three indoor pools, including an eight-lane competition pool (pictured) and therapy pools used for medically directed exercise. One of the pools features a floor that can be raised, lowered, or tilted to allow users of any age or fitness level to use it for exercise, therapy, or rehabilitation. Above: The fitness center uses equipment that can track users' exercise habits and progress to be used as part of medically directed activity programs. MORE ONLINE To view more renderings of the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center wellness center project, visit first-look-thibodaux.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - August 2015

Healthcare Design - August 2015
Show Talk
The Center
Colossus of Care
Little Things
Under One Roof
Special Advertising Section: Art Gallery and Children's Hospital Portfolio
First Look

Healthcare Design - August 2015