St. Mary’s Hospital


When asked by St. Mary’s to demonstrate their unique problem solving abilities, MMA responded with an intensive 3 week charette. MMA’s response  revitalized a stalled master planning effort launched by another healthcare architect that drug on for over a year without a consensus being reached. The result was a bold imaginative design that completely revitalized the St. Mary’s image, bolstered morale and enabled a CEO decision to move forward. MMA’s master plan concept provides for 120,000 new square feet without the loss of a parking spot, reconfigures outpatient traffic patterns  for customer oriented service, and provides the latest in healing healthcare environments.

Multiple needs addressed:

Projects resulting from MMA’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 $54 million Master Facilities Plan for St. Mary’s Health Care System inc. Athens, Georgia. Several of these projects were designed and executed simultaneously by MMA:

  • 100,000 square foot Women’s/ Diagnostics/ NICU facility
  • Adult Intensive Care Unit modernization
  • ED Pediatric renovations
  • CT Scanner consolidation
  • Gift Shop
  • Physician’s Lounge
  • Operating room renovations/ new OR
  • Inpatient Neuro Sciences/ NCCU renovations
  • Central Scheduling Unit
  • EMS facility planning
  • Infusion Therapy renovations
  • $2.5 Million Endoscopy unit
  • Chapel
  • $2.4 M rooftop utlity infrastructure 
  • Rooftop 20 bed Inpatient Acute Rehab Unit
  • Inpatient Rehab gym/ therapy area.
From LDR to LDRP/ Putting Families First

When asked by St. Mary’s to redesign for a change in operational birthing concepts, MMA responded with an even more vigorous three week effort than the previous LDR effort. The new design yielded  greater program advantages than the original design including more square feet without a budget increase. MMA’s continued investigation and understanding of the issues facing St. Mary’s since the original three week master solutions exercise allowed MMA to sharpen their pencils and create an even better benefit for the dollar. The result is a state of the art LDRP Women’s and NICU Center that is destined to gain St. Mary’s a strategic marketplace advantage in those service lines.

“I’ve participated in hundreds of architect presentations to hospital boards, MMA’s presentation is the only one I can recall where the Committee and Physicians applauded upon conclusion ” ~ Judy Smith, National Birthing Consultant