Functional and infrastructure limitations required Boscobel Area Health Care to re-evaluate their campus’s long-term goals. Kahler Slater, with partner LarsonAllen, led a high-level master planning process.
With the client, the team explored options and ultimately decided the first priority was updating the emergency department, which was part of the original building erected in 1952. The community agreed, donating over $1 million to the project’s capital campaign. Prior to design, Kahler Slater led current administration and physicians in benchmarking activities, visiting programs around the state to meet with hospital counterparts and learn collaboratively how to improve their services. These visits ensured informed decisions were made about the design and resulted in enlarging the trauma area, adding exam rooms, centralizing the nurses’ station, and creating a new “front-door” entry experience for all patients and visitors. The new main entrance creates an easily identifiable and accessible ground-level entry near ample parking. Patients are greeted in the new waiting-triage area by staff who quickly determine if they require emergency or walk-in care services. Private registration enclaves facilitate personalized check-in for the Walk-In Care and Specialist Clinic Center. Four exam rooms are dedicated for traveling specialty physicians including 3 general surgeons, 2 orthopedic surgeons, a cardiologist, podiatrist, dermatologist and urologist. This reserved space serves as a recruitment tool, encouraging additional specialist to practice in the new facility.