Atrium Health Mercy 7 South Orthopedic Renovation

About This Project

CMC Mercy is a Plane Tree Facility, and the Renovation of the 7th Floor – South Wing Orthopedics Patient Unit exemplifies these concepts in the design. This patientcentered renovation took an existing 35-bed unit and turned it into a spacious, 22-bed unit. The small patient rooms designed in the1970s were enlarged from 190 SF to approximately 300 SF. The new larger room size can accommodate a family zone with a writing/desk area, sleeper sofa, and private reading light. The patient enjoys raised ceilings, a wooden headwall/headboard, and direct views to the outside, while the staff has space at the bedside with direct eye contact on the patient for charting and ample room to maneuver around the bed. Enlarged roll-in Patient Toilet/Showers are in all patient rooms and allow for increased ability to assist the patients. The Nurse Station was reconfigured to give the Staff a front door presence when you walk onto the unit. Smaller, de-centralized Nurse Stations are located throughout the floor to allow flexibility of the Staff and increasing bedside time for Nurses. A separate Rehab and Physical Therapy Gym was also created on the unit to help with the healing of the Orthopedic patients. A large Care Partner Lounge supports the family members and provides a place out of the room while their loved one is resting. This concept keeps the family members close by in comfort, while still supporting patients.


Charlotte, North Carolina

Principal In Charge

Todd R. McGraw, AIA, NCARB, LEED. AP

Project Architect

Damian Huneycutt, AIA, NCARB


Jim Wilkins, Project Manager, 704.667.9411

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September 1, 2014

Acute Care