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HIBODAUX REGIONAL Medical Center's new wellness
center in Thibodaux, La., was built with the goal of
making its community healthier. The rural area of
about 15,000 people ranks as the most obese in the
nation, according to America's Health Rankings
2016 annual report. Greg Stock, CEO of Thibodaux
Regional, says there were things the organization
was already doing to improve and transform clinical care, "but wellness was missing from it." Stock proposed to the
board the idea of a wellness center that would provide a place where
patients could address their health and wellness collectively. "If we
could integrate wellness and bring the doctors into it, we could make
a difference," he says.
Three main components compose the fivestory building: a central mall that serves as
the main circulation corridor; a wellness area
on one side of the mall that includes a fitness
and recreation center with three swimming
pools, lockers, studios, an indoor walking
and running track, and volleyball and basketball courts; and a medical center on the other
side with an imaging center and rehabilitation
department.
WHLC Architecture (Baton Rouge, La.) was
tasked with creating an integrated yet flexible
layout for the 225,505-square-foot facility. "It
was important that clinics can increase and decrease in size and expand into adjacent spaces
as more demand is placed on them," says Rick
Lipscomb, principal at WHLC Architecture.

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A B OV E : The design of

the central mall features
cypress wood, lanternlike wall sconces, and
bayou-themed terrazzo
flooring to emphasize
local cultural references.
B E L OW: The aquatics
center, gymnasium, and
cardio area can be seen
from the second-floor
indoor running track.

To achieve the goal of integration, the wellness
center is designed for ease of use. The first floor
is home to an imaging center, orthopedic clinic,
rehabilitation department, and sports medicine clinic. Rear elevators connect clinicians
and patients to the four floors above, where
other clinics, including neurosciences, pain,
spine, and weight management, are located.
The fitness center offers easy circulation
from the workout areas to the basketball court
and aquatics area, and patients' workouts are
integrated with their medical records, so their
doctor can see their activity. "That's the whole
idea," Lipscomb says. "It's not just a place to
work out, but actually get healthier."
One of the biggest challenges on the project
was addressing the site's poor soil conditions,
which presented the danger of flooding, Lipscomb says. The solution involved elevating
the entire building 3.5 feet above grade, even in
the aquatics area, with the floor built on a structural slab with crawl spaces under the building.
"There's quite a heavy-duty foundation throughout the building, and the timber piles under the
building are substantial," Lipscomb says.
More than 5,000 people in the area have utilized the facility since opening, and Phase 2,
which is expected to be completed this summer, will bring additional activity spaces, including 12 tennis courts, four sand volleyball
courts, a football field, an eight-lane track, and a
play area. Additionally, Stock says, the campus's
focus on wellness is helping change awareness
of the acute care process by addressing the
whole spectrum of a person's life. "It changes
the perception and makes the community a
better place to live," he says.-Alicia Hoisington,
freelance writer

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Editorial
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Photo Tour
Community Service
Hcd Cityscene Goes to Dallas
Product Spotlight: Flooring
A New Day
Convergence Point
The Center
Face Time
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