To meet the needs of growing communities outside of Madison, Wisconsin, Kahler Slater partnered with the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation to program and design a new outpatient clinic with an aim to change how ambulatory care is delivered.
With this goal in mind, the clinic was designed for patient self-rooming (an innovation in the clinical setting) to help alleviate wait times for patients and maximize administrative efficiency at the same time. This practice increases nurse and staff time dedicated to direct patient care. In the clinical area, distinct front of house and back of house areas were also designed to enhance efficiency and patient privacy. LEED-certified as of November 2012, this family medicine clinic includes an imaging department; lab and health education support spaces; and leasing space for Physical Therapy. This clinic is a state-of-the-art replacement facility for both communities and is a continued testament to the Foundation's dedication to providing patient-focused care. Impressive results include a significant reduction in staff footsteps. Another innovative concept included in the Yahara Clinic's design is the Medical Home. This adaptation improved clinical quality through many measures and involves components such as provider roles, patient involvement and holistic care.