Oriol Health Care and Reliant Medical Group Celebrate Ribbon Cutting

BOSTON – April 22, 2013 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, today announced the completion of a new three-story, 36,000 square foot medical office building in Holden, Mass. for Oriol Health Care, a family-owned and operated healthcare organization in the Worcester, Mass. area, and its primary tenant Reliant Medical Group, a multi-specialty medical group. MPA designed the new multi-tenant Holden Health Building for Oriol, and provided interior architecture and healthcare design services for Reliant’s 17,700 square foot tenant fit-out. Cutler Associates, an integrated design and construction management firm based in Worcester, Mass., built the project, with the completion marked with a ribbon cutting and open house on April 18th.

Reliant Medical Group, an affiliate of Atrius Health, is an independent group of physicians with more than 250 doctors and 1,700 employees located at more than 20 practice sites throughout central Mass. Reliant relocated its existing Holden Family Practice on Shrewsbury Street and its optical center on Main Street in Holden to the newly constructed patient care building on Oriol’s 27-acre healthcare campus, located on the site of the former Holden District Hospital on Boyden Road. The building, which currently houses Reliant as the primary tenant with room for other health care providers, complements Oriol’s other medical arts buildings and two skilled nursing facilities on the site. Oriol is currently combining its two Holden nursing facilities into one renewed progressive facility providing traditional nursing services, advance respiratory care, and short-stay rehabilitative services.

“The addition of the Holden Health Building adds comprehensive patient care services to our growing healthcare campus, in an efficient and patient-centered facility,” said Bob Oriol, CEO of Oriol Health Care. “Our focus on patient concerns has been paramount in the design of the new building, and Margulies Perruzzi Architects was a collaborative design partner in this process. Together with Reliant Medical Group, this campus will be the premiere medical center for the surrounding community.”

Reliant Medical Group occupies 17,700 square feet of the new facility, including 25 exam rooms for family practice and OB/GYN, as well as laboratory, radiology, and mammography services, retail pharmacy, and an optometry center with retail optical space. The new Holden location offers more space and services for patients, and provides additional space for growth.

Reliant Medical Group and MPA utilized the LEAN design process to design an efficient clinic that optimizes the available space. Reliant established a Patient Advisory Council to involve patients in the design of the clinical setting, and a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, administrators, support staff, and facilities staff, were assembled to participate in the process. It was determined that the most efficient layout includes clinic pods located around a central nurse station. Each pod contains five exam rooms, two physician offices, medical assistant work area and dedicated support space. This layout supports the clinical team concept with staff close by for improved communication. The small scale of these pods creates a quiet and comfortable environment for patients and staff. Exam rooms were detailed in built mock-ups where staff and patients were able to test and critique varying design options. This collaborative process led to an exam room standard that will be implemented in all future Reliant Medical Group locations.

“The new Holden facility is the result of a wonderful collaboration between Margulies Perruzzi Architects and Reliant’s experience with implementing Lean thinking at our 12 other primary care facilities,” said Steve Dolat, executive vice president of clinic operations at Reliant Medical Group. “We look forward to continuing to provide high quality patient care in a very efficient manner in Holden.”

Together, MPA and Cutler previously designed and constructed Reliant’s ReadyMED, a physician-staffed and supervised, walk-in medical care clinic in Shrewsbury, Mass. offering convenient, non-emergency medical services for adults, infants and children. Construction of a second ReadyMed in Auburn, Mass. is expected to be complete in late spring 2013. MPA also completed for Reliant the design of a 15,000 square foot “medical home” family practice facility in Leominster, Mass., as well as New England SCOPE, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliant located in Worcester, Mass. that provides outpatient endoscopic services.

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Michele Spiewak
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About Margulies Perruzzi Architects

Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects creates buildings and corporate interiors for clients who value design. The firm services the corporate, professional services, healthcare, research/lab, and real estate communities with a focus on sustainable design. Clients include Manulife/John Hancock, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Reliant Medical Group, Sapient, Hobbs Brook Management and Forrester Research. For more information, please visit

About Reliant Medical Group

Reliant Medical Group, formerly Fallon Clinic, is an independent group of physicians conveniently located throughout Central Massachusetts. With more than 250 doctors and 1,700 employees at over 20 practices throughout Central Massachusetts, Reliant Medical Group offers a unique collaborative care approach that helps patients through sickness and health with compassion and a shared dedication to patient service.   Reliant Medical Group accepts all major forms of health insurance. For more information on Reliant Medical Group, please visit us at

About Oriol Health Care, Inc.

Oriol Health Care is a family-owned and operated healthcare organization in the Worcester, Massachusetts area. Oriol Health Care includes Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, Wachusett Extended Care Facility, and Oriol Therapy Services. Oriol facilities operate consistent with the founder’s vision for providing healthcare that is comfortable and dignified for residents and rewarding for professional and dedicated employees. For more information on Oriol Health Care, please visit

About Cutler Associates, Inc.

Cutler Associates is a premier East Coast design-build construction firm since 1972. Cutler specializes in collaborative project delivery through integrated planning, design, estimating and construction management services.  Cutler serves the healthcare, senior living, institutional and corporate/industrial sectors from its offices in Worcester, Mass and Tampa, Fla.  For more information, visit