Guthrie Cardiac Cath

Project Type: Healthcare

Location: Sayre, PA

Services: Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Project Management

Size: 16,000 SF


Highland Associates was selected, through a competitive RFP process, to provide comprehensive architectural, engineering and interior design services for the design and construction of a new, 16,000 sq. ft. Cardiac Catheterization/Electrophysiology Suite at Guthrie Health’s Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. The need for the project arose from an increase of Cardiac patient volume as well as a need for modernization of the department. Guthrie Health established several goals for the new suite which included reducing the time required for patient visits, improving the patient and staff experience and flexible space to adapt to changes in patient volumes. The newly designed suite will allow for trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)procedures in addition to the services previously offered. The renovation also provides accommodations for a future electrophysiology (EP) lab or Cath Lab by providing an appropriately sized shell space within the new unit.

Our team worked closely with staff and the Guthrie project manager to identify a construction plan that allowed for continued use of the departments and patient services outside and adjacent to the shell space renovation. Highland’s Project Manager was committed to regular on-site project coordination to assure compliance with design requirements in preparation of final approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Health Divisions of Life Safety and Acute and Ambulatory Care.

Design included site improvements related to the proposed addition and entrance/canopy renovations. A new Walk-in Entrance to the Cardiac Department required the addition of a small canopy to work in conjunction with the drive-through canopy.

Guthrie’s vision and success illustrate a larger trend across healthcare as other organizations are evolving their cardiac care services, supported by advances in technology and equipment that allow them to do more life-saving procedures, often using noninvasive approaches.