Cherry Hospital is a new facility for patients requiring mental health treatment in the eastern portion of North Carolina. The new hospital replaces an existing campus of buildings that had become obsolete and could not be adapted to meet current codes and the needs of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The new facility provides 312 beds for long-term, acute, adolescent, geriatric, and medical patients. The 3-story building brings all of the hospital functions under one roof, replacing the previous campus of unconnected buildings.
Mental health services are provided through a treatment mall, organized along a 760-foot long “Main Street” that stitches the various programmatic components together with outdoor courtyards so the hospital functions much like the small towns found in eastern North Carolina.
Building wings for diagnostics, treatment, and administration are to one side of the “street,” while patient residences and recreational programs are connected to the other side. The “Main Street” is located on the second floor, minimizing the vertical travel for patients who relocate from their residential unit to the Treatment Mall during the day for training and therapy.