One-Year Anniversary

AdventHealth Fish Memorial New Patient Tower






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Designed by RLF to focus on the patient, caregiver and visitor experience and to integrate seamlessly into the existing hospital and campus, the four-story, 120,000-square-foot facility in Orange City, Florida, has changed the face of healthcare in this rapidly growing community. The $100 million patient tower provided enhanced intensive and intermediate care nursing units and added obstetric services that were previously unavailable in the community. 

The new tower also increased the number of licensed beds from 175 to 225, allowing AdventHealth Fish Memorial to fully privatize all patient rooms for more comfort and convenience.

Perhaps it’s fitting that AdventHealth Fish Memorial’s new patient tower opened just after Mother’s Day in 2021. With The Baby Place, located on the fourth floor of the new tower, AdventHealth introduced mother and baby care that was not previously available in the community. This 28,000-square-foot mother and baby care unit includes fifteen private mother/baby rooms, six labor, delivery, and recovery rooms, two dedicated ORs with associated prep/recovery rooms, and triage/testing facilities. RLF designed this state-of-the-art unit to provide top-notch care for mothers and babies in a tranquil, nurturing setting.

The project to complete the new tower also included renovations to the existing hospital that increased the size of the emergency department, adding pediatric emergency care.

RLF is proud to have contributed to a healthy start for mothers and babies in Orange City and the surrounding area, but we're also proud that the facility is good for doctors, nurses and other staff members.

How do we design healthcare facilities that support and nurture staff members as well as patients? By asking staff members what features they need to maintain their well-being.

Thanks to the exceptional input we received from Fish Memorial administrators, nurses, and other staff members, we designed break/collaboration rooms adjacent to the nurses stations on each floor to provide a convenient place to step away without leaving the unit. Situated to provide the benefits of daylight and water views and separated from the nurses stations by opaque glass for privacy, these comfortable, light-filled rooms provide quiet spaces for respite and rejuvenation. We also included meditation rooms, which allowed the hospital to create environments specifically designed to give staff members options for time away and unwinding.

Caregiver needs were also at the forefront of the design for the 12,000-square-foot conference center included on the addition’s ground floor, which includes well-appointed classroom spaces for employee training and development. The adjacent terrace along the pond provides a place for employees to take time away from the hospital environment in a relaxing outdoor setting.