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Duke University Medical Center. This architects’ drawing shows the new entrance building
with its circle drive.
VOL. f), NO. ()
A New Front Door
The next stop in the expansion of
the Duke Medical Center will be the
erection of one of the most striking
buildings on the campus, a new Main
Entrance Building which will join
the main hospital building and the
Diagnostic and Treatnu'iit Building.
One of the problems created by the
ever changing face of the ]\Iedical
Center is the (juestion of just where
l)atients, visitors aud businessmen
can enter the hosj)ital comj)lex most
conveniently. Therefore one of the
maiu objectives in the planning of
this new building was to create a
promiuent, convenient and attractive
entrance to the hos])ital. At the same
time the new building w'ill join on
each level to the two adjoining build
ings, making the facilities of the en
tire center easily accessible for botli
staff aud i)atients.
The Maiu Entrance liuildiug will
be built of the same materials used
throughout the West Campus: native
Hillsboro stone and limestone, and
the traditional Gothic architecture is
subtly suggested in this beautiful,
contemj)orary building. The first two
floors will be of the Hillsboro stone
aud the upper floors, which ])roject
out over the first two flooi-s, will be
built of limestone.
The six floors of the new building
will offer 10(5,000 square feet of new
space for five dei)artments: emer-
genc3’ and receiving, administration,
radiology, psychiatry aud obstetrics
and gynecology. On the ground level
will be located the new emergency
unit and a receiving clinic which Avill
handle new patients coming to Duke
for the first time without an appoint
ment. It is hoped that this arrange
ment will improve service to the new
))atients aud eliminate overloading of
the nu'dical and surgical clinics.
The first floor will be devoted to
administration spaces and lobbies. In
addition to the nuiin lobbies, there
will be a (luiel, more private waiting
room for visitors w'ho nuist remain at
tlu' hospital for long i)eriods of time.
There will be a coffee counter aud gift
slio]) operated bj' the Duke IIosj)ital
Auxiliary as well as a small chapel
for the convenience of ])atients aud
On the secoiul floor will be located
a nnu'h larger X-ray de])artmeut
which has been designed for greater
efYiciency for the staff and greater
convenience for the patients. The
third floor will be occu])ied by the
departnuuit of j)sychiatry, with two
se])arate units allowing for special
ized care of patients M-ith different
types of disease.
The fourth and fifth floors will be
devoted to obstetrics and gynecology.
On the fourth floor will be the nurs
ing units for both mothers and babies
and for patients with gj-necological
])roblems. Included in this area will
be exjianded facilities for ])renuiture
infants. The flfth floor M’ill contain
the labor rooms, delivery suites and
the dej)artmental research sjiaces.
In all 88 new beds will be added to
the hos])ital, bringing the total bed
capacity of the Medical Center to
7r>(). The Main Entrance Building
will cost apj)roximately i|i4,‘200,000.
Monies for the construction have been
appro])riated by the Duke Endow-
uuMit (hos])ital section), from govern-
nuMit funds aud from the professional
stafil' Building Fund. Construction is
scheduled to begin in April of T964,
with completion ex])ected to take
about two years.
Part of the planning for this new
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