Hendricks Regional Health Danville Launches Innovative Redesign of Outdoor Spaces

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Hendricks Regional Health hospital campus, located at 1000 E. Main Street, Danville, is undergoing a refresh and redesign of its outdoor space. The project, which will run from March 31 through the end of September, aims to provide a rejuvenating, serene environment for patients, as well as low-stress, convenient access for visitors. The updates will also cultivate eco-friendly landscaping and energy efficient lighting that is less costly to maintain, all while establishing an exceptional, modern place of healing.

The enhanced outdoor space will not just beautify the hospital campus, but also enhance the patient experience. Recent studies, including research from Clemson University released last year, have shown that images and proximity to nature can lower both pain and blood pressure levels. Physiological data collected by researchers illustrated an integral connection between people, their environment and health.

“As healthcare providers, we have learned that creating a restful and revitalizing environment full of positive energy can help our patients heal,” said Hendricks Regional Health President & CEO Kevin Speer. “This redesign will welcome our patients and visitors by addressing the mind, body and spirit, as soon as they arrive on our hospital campus. Our hope is that patients will be enveloped by nature and can relax and begin the healing process before they even step through our doors.”

There will be some impact to patients and visitors during the refresh and redesign, including parking and traffic restrictions on the south, east and west sides of the hospital. With the exception of emergency and laboratory patients and visitors, the hospital requests that all others enter the facility from the west side of the building until the refresh is finished. Free valet parking is available to all patients and visitors to minimize parking challenges. Additional volunteers and internal wayfinding will also help guide guests through the hospital.

Access to the Emergency Department will remain open at all times.

The transformation of the outdoor space will include:
•    Improvements to traffic flow and parking for patients and visitors
•    Expansion of Emergency Drive to a two-way, three-lane thoroughfare
•    Addition of a playground near the pediatrics unit
•    Improvements to interior courtyards throughout the hospital
•    Installment of two electric vehicle plug-in stations
•    Establishment of water-conserving planting beds that reuse storm water runoff
•    Upgrade of parking lot lighting to utilize high-efficient LED lights that improve safety and lower operating costs
•    Creation of a healing garden

“The goal of the project is also to create an outdoor environment that welcomes all who come to visit, and to make our outdoor spaces a centerpiece for the community we serve,” said President & CEO Kevin Speer. "This vision stays true to the group of neighbors that came together to create a hospital for their community, more than 50 years ago. They envisioned a place for family and friends to gather, to connect and to heal.”

Before coming for their hospital visit, patients and visitors are encouraged to go to HENDRICKS.ORG/UPDATES to learn more.

Since 1962, Hendricks Regional Health has served as the area's leading healthcare provider by delivering innovative care with a personal touch. The hospital strives to be the indispensable healthcare partner to patients, payers, physicians, associates and employers. Licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health and accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, Hendricks Regional Health staffs a full complement of physicians in a variety of specialties at locations in Danville, Avon, Plainfield, Brownsburg, Lizton and Bainbridge. To learn more call (317) 745-3627 or visit www.hendricks.org.