Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Announces Opening of New $80 Million Hospital
Cherokee, North Carolina
| October 13, 2015
Cherokee, North Carolina, October 13, 2015 - This week, Mr. Casey Cooper, Chief Executive Officer of the Cherokee Indian Hospital announced the Ribbon Cutting for the tribe’s $80 million 150,000 square foot hospital facility. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on October 15, 2015 at 10:00 am. The project was launched nearly two years ago using an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreement and partnered the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority with Design Strategies and Robins and Morton Construction Company, with CBRE Healthcare as the owner’s representative, to build the state of the art facility. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians assumed responsibility for the hospital operations, organized a governing board and began oversight of the healthcare for the tribe from the Indian Health Service in 2002.
Since 2002, the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority has transformed the model of care, improved services for tribal members and worked with the tribe to secure funding for the new facility. The new facility is wholly owned and paid for by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The Cherokee Indian Hospital has been led for the past ten years by tribal member Casey Cooper. “We believe that we can serve our community better than anyone else and we are committed to that goal,” stated Cooper. "Our tribal leadership has committed resources to improving the lives of our tribal members and this new facility is another example of that commitment. We believe that the new building will help us foster an environment of wellness so our patients don’t just come to us when they are sick, they come to us as friends and partners in wellness.”
Pharmacy will be the first department open for service in the new facility and will be accessible via walk up or a drive through window. The new pharmacy will open on October 19th.
“Our entire operation will begin seeing patients on November 16th after a phased move of equipment and resources. This move will not impact patients directly and we expect no disruption of services from Friday to Monday morning,” said Cooper.
According to Tim McCurley, Director of Project Management for CBRE Healthcare, using an IPD approach, Cherokee was able to realize $7 million worth of added value to the project and gain an additional two months from the original schedule. IPD also allowed the project team to beat the local participation (TERO) goals set by the hospital, all of which could not be done with a traditional approach.
The IPD process advocated for daily Project Implementation Meetings that included the architect, engineer, contractor, subcontractor as well as CBRE Healthcare. This format fostered integrated design and management which made reaching the budget and schedule milestones and achievements possible. These milestones and the successful delivery of the new hospital are a testament to the efficiencies and flexibility that IPD offers.
“The technology systems selected and implemented were important in supporting the tribe’s commitment to patient care,” said Linda Sadler, Principal and Senior Technology Consultant with Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., engineering design and facility consulting firm. “The IPD agreement allowed the project to purchase critical systems under budget, which allowed for value added scope.”
As Owner’s Representative, CBRE Healthcare was responsible for on-site project management, master budget and schedule development, project delivery team selection assistance, contract negotiation, project cost and schedule management, and project delivery team coordination.
The Ribbon Cutting on October 15th is open to the public. Tours will be offered immediately following the ceremony.
- Owner : Cherokee Indian Hospital
- Project Manager : CBRE Healthcare
- Architects : Design Strategies
- Construction Managers : Robins and Morton
- Civil Engineer : Design Strategies
- Commissioning : Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR)
- Mechanical Electrical Plumbing : Design Strategies
- Medical Equipment : Design Strategies
- Structural Engineer : Design Strategies
- Technology : Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR)
- Evidence Based Design : Management Systems Consultants
- IPD Consultant : Hanson Bridgett
- Lean Consultant : Blue Cottage
- Inspector : Tribal Inspection
About Cherokee Indian Hospital: Cherokee Indian Hospital is owned and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Western North Carolina. The hospital serves enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The tribe assumed responsibility for hospital operations from the Indian Health Service in 2002; expanding services to include a large outpatient department, physical therapy, dental, pharmacy, inpatient, radiology, and emergency room. User population is over 11,000 patients. CIHA is a level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and is certified by the Joint Commission.
About CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue). The Company has more than 70,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 400 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.
About DesignStrategies: DesignStrategies, established in 2002, provides a hands-on approach to project design and client service not seen in many large national firms. DesignStrategies is licensed to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Since its founding in 2002, DesignStrategies has now grown to 50 professionals. The firm’s services include Strategic Planning, Master Planning, Land Planning, Architecture, Engineering (C, S, M, E, P, FP), Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Medical Equipment Planning. The focus is primarily the healthcare market.
About Robins & Morton: Founded in 1946, Robins & Morton is a privately held engineering and construction firm that consistently ranks among the 100 largest U.S. contractors in Engineering News-Record Magazine. The company has also been named one of the best mid-sized companies to work for in America because of its worker-friendly and family-friendly practices. Robins & Morton is based in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Dallas, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; Orlando and Miami Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.robinsmorton.com.
About SSR: Smith Seckman Reid, Inc., (SSR) is an employee-owned corporation, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Our firm is focused on providing engineering, commissioning, and technology services across the United States and around the world. Our services are of the highest quality, based on the in-depth experience and expertise of our engineers, consultants, and all of our staff. To learn more, visit www.ssr-inc.com.