Carilion CEO Ed Murphy (on right with white beard) and other dignitaries show off the cornerstone^
Coordinated care and improved service are at the emphasis of a new Carilion Clinic facility dedicated today in Carilion’s Riverside Center. Riverside 3 opens to patients on Sept. 14.
Located at the corner of Reserve Ave. and South Jefferson St. near Roanoke Memorial Hospital, the building will house various medical specialties including orthopaedics, internal medicine, rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, physical medicine, neurology, general and breast surgery, and trauma surgery.
Officials say that placing physician specialists in a central location, along with support services such as an electronic medical record, imaging and lab, will lead to better coordination and collaboration, improve care and outcomes for patients. All scheduling for physicians in the Riverside 3 building will be handled through a new centralized patient scheduling center.
“The Riverside Center is evolving into a unique center for patient care and education. We’re excited to be among the first physicians to see patients here,” says Jeri Lantz, M.D., section chief of general internal medicine at Carilion Clinic. “The building’s design follows the principals of Carilion Clinic--putting patients at the center of care.”
In addition to physician offices and treatment rooms, the building features Health Information Centers containing an audio library, clinical wizards, health news, interactive tools and a video library. These centers are located in patient waiting areas. The Riverview Café will be on the main level.
Other notable features include a “green roof,” made up of special plants that reduce runoff and keep the building cool, and a covered bicycle parking area to encourage employees to bike to work.
The new Riverside building has applied for LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and expects certification to be granted in the near future. LEED is an internationally known green building certificate that addresses six areas related to green building: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.
LEED-certified buildings are designed to reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve water and energy, lower operating costs, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, increase asset value, provide a healthier environment, and demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship.