The new Red River Hospital, an Acadia-owned behavioral healthcare hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas, is an interesting three-story, L-shaped building with massing that is playful, functional and visually appealing. Recently featured in Behavioral Healthcare's 2016 Design Showcase, the hospital provides a full array of behavioral health and substance abuse services to patients of all ages and also caters to a very special clientele with their Military Heroes Unit.
Patient and staff safety is at the heart of the design and this project provided an opportunity to incorporate newly developed safety standards into the plan. The objective of these standards is to maximize safety within a healing environment. These standards, collaboratively developed with Acadia to be used nationwide in their facilities, include layouts for patient rooms, toilet/shower rooms, seclusion room, activity room and overall security provisions. Additionally, a centralized nurse station "hub" backs up to a charting area, resulting in efficient on/off work areas and visual control of both corridors.