Kahler Slater was selected by Western Wisconsin Health (WWH) to master plan and design their new health and wellness campus. Their vision is to “establish a community hub for health and wellness” including a full community fitness/wellness center that is designed to be integrated with the hospital and clinic facilities to transform the delivery of rural healthcare and the patient experience. The new 120,000 square foot campus provides a 15 bed, two-story green field hospital and clinic with expansion capacity to add an additional 10 beds. Services include outpatient clinics, a wellness center, rehab therapy, imaging, surgery, lab, pharmacy, medical/surgical inpatient beds, critical care, obstetrics and emergency services.
Innovations in collaborative care and flex spaces were explored to improve efficiency and patient care. Unique clinical design features include prep/recovery rooms designed to flex back and forth as additional ED rooms are needed, as well as an innovative clinic model employing off-stage care team collaboration zones that have direct access to exam rooms, with separate patient exam room entry from the patient corridor.
Going far beyond the initial health and wellness campus, the overall plan includes senior housing, assisted living, skilled nursing, allied health education, community gardens and renewable energy systems. The design is targeting a LEED for Healthcare Silver level of certification, using smart building siting, geothermal heating & cooling, locally sourced construction materials, LED lighting, and native landscape.
Kahler Slater and WWH presented this innovative new critical access hospital model at the National Rural Hospital Association conference in February 2016. The new health and wellness facility opened in July 2016.