Ambulatory Care Connectivity Creates Convenience, Efficiency and Safety

Hospital Sisters Health System
St. John’s Hospital Women and Children's Clinic

Springfield, Illinois

Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) engaged Landmark Healthcare Facilities and Kahler Slater to master plan and design their new attached 92,000 square foot Women and Children’s Clinic, connected to St. John’s Hospital, the HSHS tertiary flagship in Illinois. The new ambulatory center is designed to be the ‘front door’ for women and children’s services, with a separately branded lobby and overall design planned to enhance the marketplace perception of this key service line. The new program offers comprehensive care for pediatric and adult patients and a very efficient work and learning environment.

The facility brings multiple entities together: a mix of hospital-based tenants and both affiliated and independent physician groups, as well as SIU faculty and medical education programs. Services include specialty clinics for Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric General Surgery, Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatric PT/OT Rehabilitation including Gym, Pediatric Behavioral Health, Women’s OB/GYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Women’s Imaging/Mammography, General Imaging, Clinical Lab and Pharmacy.

Kahler Slater led a collaborative process to achieve consensus on a shared plan concept that features consistent on and off-stage flows across the three clinic types. Repeated exam and provider configurations allow the different clinics to flex as needed over time, based on volume and critical adjacencies, resulting in standardized work and maximum flexibility for the future. One of the key drivers for the new facility was to connect horizontally to the adjacent Women and Infants Center in the hospital via skywalk over a street. Kahler Slater’s design accomplishes this connection through alignment of program elements and circulation paths to maximize convenience and safety for patients, physicians and staff.

Powerful Results