Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) is proud to announce the opening of the highly-anticipated M.T. Mustian Center – an unprecedented, more than 340,000-square-foot, multi-story addition that expands the organization’s footprint and capacity to care for the region’s surgical and critical care needs.
Named after former TMH president, administrator and visionary, Middleton Truett (M.T.) Mustian, the M.T. Mustian Center houses 28 state-of-the-art operating rooms, four interventional suites and three thoughtfully designed adult intensive care units (ICUs) to accommodate 72 ICU patient rooms. Directly connected to the existing Main Hospital, the center is located on TMH’s main campus, near the corner of Miccosukee Road and Medical Drive. As the most expensive single construction project in Tallahassee’s history, the facility represents a more than 270-million-dollar investment in caring for the community.
“The addition of the Mustian Center allows TMH to significantly improve the care we provide to our community for decades to come – through enhanced access for patients, through the incorporation of cutting-edge technologies and through state-of-the-art facilities that will help us recruit and retain the best physicians, nurses and other TMH colleagues,” commented Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO of TMH. “Anticipating the region’s long-term needs, we’ve built the center to be a ‘50 Year Building’, with the ability to expand both upward and outward to add ICU beds and operating rooms as needed, while maintaining the ability to accommodate new technologies over the next half century.”
Patients will begin their surgical journeys in the M.T. Mustian Center’s lobby, which incorporates contemporary design and sunlight to create a welcoming environment. The lobby will also be home to the Eyes of Texas Café, another tribute to M.T. Mustian and his Texas roots.
The facility’s 28 operating rooms feature leading technology and range from 600 to 1,000 square feet – significantly larger than the previous operating rooms they replace. In designing the facility’s operating rooms, TMH built full-scale models of the spaces so medical staff and colleagues could provide input on how to best organize rooms, incorporate lean processes and optimize patient care. TMH has also implemented a cutting-edge patient tracking system to monitor patients as they progress through their surgery, allowing families to stay informed on their loved one’s journey.
“I’m honored to work with the talented and highly-qualified surgical team at TMH. Their skills and expertise coupled with the addition of new operating rooms, advanced technologies and expanded resources will allow us to serve more patients more efficiently than ever before,” said L. Chris DeRosier, MD, board-certified plastic surgeon and Medical Director of the Tallahassee Memorial Skin and Soft Tissue Program.
Accompanying the operating rooms on the facility’s ground and first floors are four interventional suites for neurosurgical and vascular procedures, as well as two Surgical Care Units made up of private pre- and post-operating rooms. These floors also house the center’s updated and expanded Recovery Rooms, formerly known as the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), designed to accommodate future growth of the facility, with 52 beds across the two floors – nearly triple the unit’s former capacity.
The third through fifth floors of the M.T. Mustian Center house TMH’s three ICUs – the Cardiopulmonary ICU, the Vogter Neuro ICU and the Cardiovascular Medical Surgical ICU – built to accommodate 72 patient rooms. Committed to making patients’ and families’ medical experiences as comfortable and seamless as possible, TMH sought insight from patient and family advisors and colleagues to help design and arrange the new ICUs.
“We’ve thoughtfully planned every element of the ICUs to ensure the units not only accommodate patients’ complicated medical needs, but also provide a comfortable environment for recovery,” noted Carlos Campo, MD, FACP, FCCP, board-certified pulmonologist, intensivist and Medical Director of Intensive Care Units at TMH. “For example, we’ve located bathrooms at the back of each patient room instead of in the entrance to allow families more space. This design is quite unique.”
Additional patient- and family-centered innovations in the ICUs include shelves built at the patient’s eye level to allow them to see personal belongings and gifts from visitors, large windows that provide natural sunlight allowing patients to maintain their circadian rhythms, and sleeper sofas for visitors. Each unit also features an internal corridor that takes activity away from the patient rooms and creates a calmer environment for patients and their family members.
TMH partnered with leading international architectural and engineering design firm, Gresham Smith, and one of the nation’s top healthcare construction engineering companies, Brasfield & Gorrie, to bring the state-of-the-art M.T. Mustian Center to life.
For more information about the M.T. Mustian Center and services offered at TMH, visit TMH.ORG.