Plans were completed during 2012 to introduce an entirely new type of rural care delivery in Anson County more closely aligned with current community needs. The new approach calls for increased emphasis on primary care, aggressive management of chronic diseases, and grassroots patient education efforts involving churches and schools.
Using an intense "lean" design program, physicians, nurses and other clinicians worked closely with an architectural team at the front end of the design process. This effort included the creation of a giant cardboard scale model of the new hospital.
By walking through the model space, and placing replicated technology, clinical equipment and walls, the group discovered that it needed less space than originally anticipated. Construction plans were updated accordingly, and timelines were established that will allow a new facility to open in 2014.