TMH Unveils Design for Northeast Emergency Center

Updated by Lanetra Bennett - April 18, 2012 - 5:23pm

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has unveiled the design plans for a new emergency center.

Everything about the new emergency center planned for this site is expected to promote feelings of healing and wellness, down from the water that will flow from the fountain outside, to the furniture that will placed inside.

Becky Bowman has been battling cancer for 12 years.

Soon her drives from Wakulla County to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital will be even more worth it.

TMH has unveiled the plans for Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center Northeast.

Bowman says, "I have been sent to the emergency room. There are time when they just set you aside. I'm so glad that they're having this for people like me. I appreciate it more than they know."

Administrators say the free-standing emergency center will allow the hospital to address capacity needs.

While it will be a full service emergency center, it will cater to specific needs of pediatric and geriatric patients.

TMH President and C.E.O. Mark O'Bryant says, "When it comes to children, you want a calming environment. When you look at seniors, they have specific needs relating to the lighting, relating to access, relating to just how furniture and support services are provided to them."

O'Bryant says service will also be quicker, and closer for many patients.

The center will be built in the Metropolitan Corporate Center at the intersection of I-10 and Thomasville Road.

Wakulla County resident Connie Clineman says, "They new location will definitely be convenient for everyone in the area, actually. The traffic pattern is easier to find your way through. We're glad it's coming."

Administrators are planning a groundbreaking for the new emergency center toward the end of May. The center is expected to be open in May 2013.


Tallahassee, FL. (April 18, 2012) – Noon -

Press Release:

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital has unveiled the design plans for its new facility. Administrators say Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center Northeast will cater to specific needs of the community.

The new emergency center will be build just south of I-10 near Thomasville Road.

The unveiling of the new Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center Northeast building’s concept design reveals an embracing structure, infusing modern elements that achieve both aesthetic and sustainable results.

“Design has the power to promote feelings of wellness and healing. The combined team of CRA and FreemanWhite sets the bar for innovation in their industry and will help to bring our vision to life, setting a new benchmark for improving comfort for all patients, while providing truly outstanding emergency care,” said Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

“The preparatory mission of the Tallahassee Memorial leadership and emergency teams was to work with the architects to design a welcoming and healing environment, focusing on customized functionality for our pediatric and geriatric patients. We are excited about the future expansion of our emergency services to include an off-campus, freestanding facility that focuses on delivering high quality, emergency services for our patients in an exceptionally inviting environment,” said Freda Lyon, Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Services Administrator.

The building concept displays a pre-cast structure that is highlighted by areas of glass that denote the direction of entry and allows for excellent views from the interior. The main public entry view is open and inviting, both in material and form, producing a visual “embrace” for all who enter. The design includes a separate entrance into the pediatric emergency waiting room. In addition, the upper level model incorporates wood-like screening elements which would both deflect light in the night for the surrounding neighborhoods and reduce energy requirements by providing shade during daylight. Lastly, the north side of the building plans for a prominently lit marquee element that should be visible at any speed from the I-10 corridor.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare selected Clemons, Rutherford & Associates (CRA) and FreemanWhite, Inc. in a joint partnership to design the area’s first freestanding emergency center. Clemons, Rutherford & Associates is a local Tallahassee firm that specializes in healthcare and educational facilities. CRA has teamed with FreemanWhite, Inc., an emergency department design consulting firm that has completed over 200 emergency centers in the U.S. and is considered the national leader in ED design. FreemanWhite lead the planning effort under the direction of Jon Huddy, Managing Principal, who authored the book Emergency Department Design: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Future published by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Throughout the course of this project, we will use several forms of communication to relay information to our community. On our official website dedicated to this project,, we will continue to provide the latest news on the progress of Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center - Northeast.

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