Port St. John Health Center Keeps People and Environment Healthy

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 08:24
In Port St. John‚ walking trails wind through approximately 6 acres of a wildlife habitat that is home to eastern Florida’s native plant and animal species. The nature preserve isn’t a zoo‚ beach or state park‚ but the visionary approach to medicine at Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John. “At Parrish Medical Center‚ our purpose is to provide healing experiences for everyone all the time‚” says Chris Fox‚ director of the Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John. “The new Parrish Healthcare Center at Port St. John is an extension of that purpose. The physical environment‚ which we call our next-generation healing environment‚ balances awesome technology with loving‚ healing care provided in a health-care setting unlike any other.” The $27 million outpatient health-care center is the result of the largest single health-care investment in the history of Port St. John‚ Canaveral Groves and neighboring areas. The 76‚000-square-foot facility provides the community with much needed health services‚ including diagnostic imaging; physical therapy and rehabilitation; a sleep disorders lab; physician offices; and a conference center. Plans for an urgent-care center‚ outpatient surgery center and women’s diagnostic services also are in the works. Located on the southwest corner of Port St. John and Grissom parkways‚ the 33.5-acre campus combines architectural and interior design elements that will qualify the center for elite Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the United States Green Building Council. The accreditation is given for the development of high-performance buildings that benefit occupants as well as the environment. Natalie Sellers‚ communications and service excellence director at Parrish Medical Center‚ says the idea of combining medicine and nature is rooted in scientific‚ evidence-based design supportive of improved patient outcomes. “When Parrish Medical Center opened its replacement [Titusville] hospital four years ago‚ it was among the industry’s first to design and build an entire hospital using the Center for Health Design’s seven healing environment elements: light‚ color‚ nature‚ sustainability‚ safety‚ wayfinding and culture‚” Sellers says. “These elements are incorporated into the new center at Port St. John as well.” This commitment to excellence is one of the many reasons Parrish Medical Center has earned a world-renowned reputation for pioneering the healing environment. “Building sustainable‚ green environments is the right thing to do‚” Fox says. “Protecting the health of the natural environment we live in is as important to us as protecting the health of the people we serve.”