Shawano Medical Center, Wisconsin’s first Planetree Critical Access Hospital, partnered with Kahler Slater on a continuous basis for more than 15 years - most recently to construct the new Riverside Clinic on their existing campus as an addition to their hospital. The new clinic reflects the Planetree culture which centers on the ability to share information with patients and family, as well as provide a setting for active participation of family members in care-giving.
The Medical Center’s leadership wanted to be sure that the new clinic would not be viewed as a separate entity, but an extension of the existing facility. Kahler Slater led a patient and family-focused design process to support the new Planetree culture. Key concepts and themes resulting from this process were incorporated into the design. The effective use of high windows paired with light colors allows daylight to flood the interior spaces and create a less stressful, more welcoming experience. Use of natural materials, such as stone and wood, as well as clerestory and accent lighting create an inviting experience throughout the facility while providing the “major medical center” feel the client wished to achieve. The lobby’s design divides into two more intimate seating areas, each with an open view to the beautiful nearby Wolf River. The Riverside Café and gift shop are located near community education rooms with pre-function space. The clinic includes pulmonary and ophthalmology specialty services as well as ambulatory surgery services and a cardiac rehabilitation gym. A second phase of this project included the creation of private ambulatory surgery prep and recovery rooms. Riverside Clinic was designed for vertical expansion and includes shell space for future growth.