On November 9, 2011, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new Atlantic Community Health Center, located in Oak Hall, Virginia. The 20,000 square foot facility, designed by GMB, provides multi-discipline health care services for large sectors of Virginia’s historically underserved Eastern Shore, including its general population, seasonal migrant worker families, rural poor and corporate clients. This is the second of a series of prototype facilities, following the Onley Community Health Center completed in 2010, also designed by GMB.
The design program demanded innovative means to direct large volume daily patient flow efficiently, to visually track patient movements from a central vantage point, and to create visually appealing spaces which lessen trepidation by patients and families.
The building houses exam rooms, a central administrative core, clinical areas, labs, digital X-Ray, sterilization room, a large waiting room with check-in stations, a state-of-the-art dental wing, and staff support areas.