Hillcrest Hospital West Tower

  • Client

    • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2004
  • Area

    • 136,813 ft²
  • Cost

    • $28,142,000

Design Achievement – Part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System and repeatedly recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals, Hillcrest Hospital sought an innovative solution to meet its growing healthcare population needs across a four county region. Rising over an existing two-story building, the Hillcrest Hospital West Tower expansion enhances medical/surgical and oncology services with an attractive, efficient addition. Using a simplified organizational spine to stack services on a crowded campus, the design expresses the Patient’s First Ethos of the Cleveland Clinic Health System and offers innovative solutions to the challenges of constructing above an existing structure. Patient care areas are spacious and elegantly designed with natural materials, a soothing palette of colors, and consideration for clean, durable, and easily maintainable finishes. To address the nurse to patient ratio with consideration of patient acuity and assignment, a decentralized nurse station approach was utilized at each two-room pod. The contemporary identity of the West Tower is reflected with the new entrance that welcomes users into a light-filled atrium and connecting link that simplifies access, circulation, and wayfinding.

Scope Summary - The West Tower expansion added 80,000 SF and 113 patient rooms to Hillcrest Hospital. Originally built in 1968, the hospital maximized capacity and services with the four-story vertical addition. Infrastructure and patient room planning involved routing the plumbing on the outside perimeter to avoid disruption of services. Renovated areas included the basement as well as first and second floors allowing the addition of a 24-chair infusion oncology department, a 12-bed intensive care unit, two operating rooms, an endovascular room, an eye surgery room, and an expansion of the post anesthesia care unit. The radiation oncology therapy department was expanded in the basement to add a third linear accelerator. DLR Group provided architecture and interior design services.


Hillcrest Hospital West Tower

Cleveland Clinic Foundation