Artwork Program

Mercy Health Network by Ryan Newman


Mercy Health-West Hospital is a 250-bed, 645,000-square-foot facility. The West Hospital takes a new approach to healthcare architecture, balancing beauty, brand, and function to set a new standard for hospital design. The facility’s amenities include private patient rooms with unobstructed views to the outdoors, family-centered care rooms, an environmentally friendly design, community center, education center, and a green space with a walking trail. The objective was to create an environment that fosters healing.

Transparency between interior and exterior provides continuity to support the patient and family healing experience. Ease of wayfinding leads patients and families from the front door to reception and waiting areas, and along to public amenity spaces. Clear wayfinding reduces stress and creates a calming, welcoming experience. The presence of natural light and an inviting landscape also reinforce the healing process.

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Brand Experience
Kolar Design

Architecture/Interior Design
AECOM with Mic Johnson, FAIA, lead designer AECOM
Champlin Architecture

Lerch Bates
Mortland Planning and Design, Inc. Turner Construction Company

Dynamix Engineers
Heapy Engineering
Thomas Graham Associates THP LTD

Landscape Architecture
Close Landscape Architecture Meisner + Associates/Land Vision

Hedrich Blessing Dave Burk
JH Photo
Pease Photography

Cincinnati Children's Proton Therapy Center by Ryan Newman

Providing the most progressive treatments for children and young adults with cancers and leukemias, Cincinnati Children’s Proton Therapy Center is one of only two pediatric proton facilities in the country, and the only one with a research program. Treatment visits are scheduled daily for multiple weeks at a time, resulting in unique bonding between and support needs for families. 

“As we take care of the toughest cases, we employ all the latest technologies from proton therapy to immune therapy to genomic-guided precision medicine. Likewise, we expect our facility to offer an excellent experience for patients and families”.
John Perentesis, MD
Co-Executive Director of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s

Within the facility, a series of “gardens” were created to support these needs and to transform this medical facility into a warm, welcoming environment.

At the exterior, a colorful outdoor garden with sweeping paths, seating areas, engaging artwork, water feature and child-friendly games provide outdoor respite and connection spaces for families.

At the building entrance, the waiting area greets and welcomes with garden-like glass mounted grasses and animals, playful fish within a digital pond and a color changing hanging sculpture.

As the families leave the treatment area, a grove of trees along a winding river path adorns the route. Each tree cradles a set of chimes that are rung to commemorate a milestone in the patient’s treatment.

Throughout the space, inspirational graphics and artwork co-created by patients and professional artists continue to reinforce the garden theme while conveying messages of hope and support.

Completed | August 2016
Client | Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Project Team | Mary Dietrich, Allison Smith, John Kennedy, Blake Kishler
Partners | Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc. + The Kleingers Group + Messer Construction
Photographer | JH Photo

"A piece of cancer-fighting equipment that weighs as much as 18 elephants. Enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from Cincinnati to Louisville, Kentucky. The most sophisticated technology available offering new hope for those battling the most challenging cancers.

This is big medicine intended to make a big difference.

Our new Proton Therapy Center is one of the most advanced cancer research and treatment centers in the country. The $120 million investment will provide more effective, targeted proton treatments to cancer patients of all ages."