Vidant Medical Center James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital

Vidant Medical Center
Greenville, North Carolina, USA

The new James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital was born out of a need recognized by Vidant Medical Center to provide world-class pediatric care in eastern North Carolina. Situated on the center's main campus, the new facility is designed as a sophisticated, yet playful healing environment using the latest medical technologies and best practices. It eliminates silos of care that previously existed when children's services were located in disjointed areas within an adult facility. The new facility creates a culture committed to new ways of delivering care to ensure quality and improved patient safety. Many innovative features resulted from constant collaboration on the part of all stakeholders. Hospital administration and staff communicated their vision for the new hospital, while pediatric patients and their families also provided insightful and valuable perspectives on their experiences.

An important goal of this project was to create an overall brand identity for the hospital. As patients approach the hospital, the building's curvilinear design, blue color glass panels, and tensile fabric canopy conveys the sense of a boat gliding through water. The environment transforms to an under-the-sea theme when the child enters the new portal. The art program continues the theme with the use of aquariums, donor wall fish art, stone materials with imbedded fossils and seashells, and LED interactive lights. Each room is personalized by color and pattern to create individualized spaces. Throughout, visuals and tactile interactions engage the senses with a touch of whimsy suitable for the youngest of patients to adolescents and teenagers.


  • 2014 Featured, Children's Hospital category - Healthcare Design magazine Design Showcase
  • Type of Construction: New Construction, Renovation
  • Size: 77,000 SF new construction; 9,100 SF renovation
  • Project Type: Children’s Hospital, Healthcare
  • Related Projects: Architecture, Healthcare, Specialty Centers