America's first palliative care campus aims to reinvent healthcare
The HealthCare Chaplaincy (HCC) is a national leader in research, education and multi-faith patient-centered care. To improve the quality and efficiency of health care, the HCC is developing the world’s first spirit-centered, enhanced assisted-living community residence in New York City. Designed by FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS in collaboration with Clodagh Design and MHG Architects, HCC’s new 16-storey building will be the organisation’s premier national facility for palliative care, a comprehensive approach to treating serious illness, focuses on a patient’s physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.
The 180,000 sq ft projected LEED Platinum Certified building will include 120 assisted-living units for low income and market-rate tenants; a geriatric and palliative care outpatient medical practice; as well as educational, research, clinical practice, and administrative facilities. Located on a prominent site along Manhattan’s East River, the building’s form, along with its massing and overall architectural expression will reflect the organisation’s aspirations.
A key strategy in the building’s realisation is blurring the line between indoor and outdoor space with the incorporation of garden-facades on the south and west faces of the building. The organic shape of the Chaplaincy reflects the nature of its riverside location as well as its focus on sustainability and its function as a ‘healing’ centre. The HealthCare Chaplaincy’s new campus will support the local community and serve as a national demonstration project for the healthcare industry.