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Rancho Mirage, Prime Healthcare
Rancho Mirage, CA
Vibra Rehab Rancho Mirage
From abandoned shell
to high-end care.
Rehabilitation in a spa-like environment.
Designing a desert oasis.
The only acute care rehabilitation hospital in the Coachella Valley, The Rancho Mirage Rehabilitation Hospital provides treatment in an intimate, spa-like environment.

After a previous developer left the project, the partially-built facility was abandoned in mid-construction, and work ground to a halt. When a new operator/developer joined the project, we were challenged with adapting the unfinished shell to a significantly altered program—and with completing a substantial redesign on an aggressive timetable.

To meet this challenge, we used a fast-track approach to the redesign and agency approval process. Project changes were grouped into separate agency document packages, allowing construction to proceed on some building components while others were under review. By capitalizing on program changes from previous owners, our team also added an outdoor therapy courtyard to the demanding building program.

The completed rehabilitation hospital draws design inspiration from the traditional architecture of Rancho Mirage and the surrounding desert. References to elemental desert forms add visual interest, and private patient rooms overlook a private activity garden or the arid desert landscape.

From a half-finished shell to a sleek, state-of-the-art care facility, The Rancho Mirage Rehabilitation Hospital is its own success story—and proof that, despite myriad challenges, a brighter future is always possible.
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Results
The Rancho Mirage Rehabilitation Hospital is a 50-bed, 47,000 square foot acute rehabilitation hospital.
The completed facility comprises two 25-bed nursing units; a physical and occupational therapy gym; dining and recreation space; a dedicated lab and pharmacy; a full commercial kitchen; and an activity garden and therapy courtyard.
Rancho Mirage integrates multiple sustainable design features, including locally and regionally-sourced materials and a high-efficiency HVAC system.
Designed to showcase native plant species, the landscaping requires minimal watering and melds seamlessly with the desert setting.
Expansive windows equipped with solar shading canopies flood the interior with natural light.
Each patient room accommodates one patient with space for visitors and family, and feature views of the desert or a private hospital garden.
Project Data
Rancho Mirage Rehabilitation Hospital 2003-PD330-020
Prime Healthcare
Inglewood, California
PROJECT SCOPE
Study, Renovation, Addition
HED ROLE
RSF/GSF
400,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$52.0 Million
Project Team
  • Bruce Macpherson
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Peter Schubin
    AIA
    Senior Associate
    Architecture + Design
Rehabilitation in a spa-like environment.
Rancho Mirage, Prime Healthcare
Rancho Mirage, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
From abandoned shell
to high-end care.