A $5M reconstruction project to redesign and rebuild the entrance of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital at Dunlap Ave. and 2nd St. in Phoenix will be unveiled Nov. 29.

The renovation was made possible when David and Joan Lincoln and his sister, Lillian Lincoln Howell – descendants of John C. Lincoln – donated $4M to upgrade and reconstruct the entrance.

Additional major contributors include the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation Guild, Lincoln GIVES, the Health Network employee giving program and the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Auxiliary.

Construction began in January 2012 as part of a larger renovation at the North Mountain Hospital. DPR Construction is the general contractor and Orcutt | Winslow is the architect.

Areas to be unveiled include the hospital’s main entrance, lobby, gift shop, spiritual center, admitting, coffee bistro and newly designed donor wall. The final phase of renovations will begin on Nov. 30 and include enhanced indoor public dining and the addition of outdoor and staff dining areas.

“This gift will allow us to re-invent the patient and visitor experience at the North Mountain Hospital,” said Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Network. “We’ll create a welcoming and warm entry lobby that is the pathway to healing for patients, visitors, staff and the community.”

The transformation of the 12,840 SF areas of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital creates a soothing and calming environment for patients and visitors. The journey to wellness begins here – on the Pathway to Healing – with a welcoming and inviting experience on par with the quality of care provided by nurses, physicians and staff throughout the John C. Lincoln Health Network.

“The hospital is dear to our family’s hearts, and it is important that the lobby reflect the quality of care received inside the hospital,” David Lincoln said shortly after the donation was made. “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and this is our chance to make a great first impression to our patients and visitors.”

Marcia Mintz, CEO of the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation, noted that “this gift demonstrates the philanthropic leadership of the Lincoln family and serves as a principal gift model for the Foundation and our developing donor base.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Lincoln family whose governance and philanthropic support have been steadfast for more than 80 years. This is a reflection of their continuing pride in the direction and mission of this organization.”

>> John C. Lincoln Sonoran Health and Emergency Center

Shopping mall developer Macerich and its Westcor division sold 22 acres of land on October 15 for $5.6M to John C. Lincoln Health Network. Macerich still owns 55 acres at the Sonoran Crossing development along Interstate 17 near Carefree Highway.

“We plan to start with a free-standing emergency center, primary care offices and diagnostic imaging, including 3D mammography. We will eventually expand to build a hospital and add medical office buildings in the future,” Rhonda Forsyth, president and CEO of John C. Lincoln Health Network, said in astatement.

The master plan for the Emergency Center and Diagnostic Imaging has been completed.

Devenney has been selected as architect to design the first building, which will include an Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging Services and Medical Offices.

DPR has been selected as the general contractor. Ground will break/construction will start on the North Valley facility during the first week of December.

John C. Lincoln’s investment in building construction and equipment is approximately $18M, according to Sheila Gerry, John C. Lincoln Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities Development.

The cost does not include construction of the 120-bed hospital which ultimately is planned to be built on the site. The $18M funds site work for a 40,000 SF building; construction of the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging and medical offices; and purchase of medical equipment.

A new 120-bed hospital and medical campus will be developed on the site at a time to be determined based on future developments in the area economy and population growth

John C. Lincoln already has two hospitals under its umbrella: John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital at the Loop 101 and I-17 and John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital on Dunlap in north central Phoenix.