Facility Spotlight: Hardin Memorial Center

A look inside the new North Tower vertical extension at the Hardin Memorial Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, completed in March 2015 courtesy of Louisville-based firms JRA Architects, BCCLT Consulting Engineers, and Whittenberg Construction

Natural light is abundant in new rooms, some of which have full panoramic views of the Kentucky countryside.

Through evidence-based design, JRA Architects found ways to improve patient comfort by evoking nature.

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Two floors were added onto the hospital’s existing Outpatient Services Endoscopy Center—which was structured for future floor additions when built in 2005—and a courtyard in the middle of them to allow for windows in inpatient rooms.

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Fifty-six new private beds were added, twenty-eight per floor.

Photography of Central Kentucky is on display in every room and common area, chosen by public vote from a field of local photographers’ submissions in an online contest.

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