A new bed tower addition integrates caregivers into the patient and family experience

Mayo Clinic Health System
Eau Claire Hospital

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) in Eau Claire, recognized by U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ of 2014 -15 as the top-ranked hospital in Northwestern Wisconsin, selected Kahler Slater to provide: master planning, architectural and interior design services plus philanthropy and communications support for their health system flagship campus.

The first project included a complex connected major addition of a new 5-story, $113.8 million hospital bed tower, ambulatory surgery center and cancer center. A second phase included an adjacent inpatient surgery renovation project. The client’s goal for the new additions was to provide an environment that promotes the Mayo Clinic’s integrated practice model with a compelling driver of integrating caregivers into a family’s experience.

The 216,000 gross square foot structure connects four major existing buildings, creating courtyards to simplify connections between new and existing, minimizing impact to existing buildings, aiding in wayfinding and creating patient amenities. Kahler Slater collaborated throughout these projects with MCHS’s team of in-house Lean process improvement leaders, to ensure an optimal operational design.

Kahler Slater was recently hired to complete the 5th floor 51,340 SF build out of the bed tower addition (originally designed as shelled space). Accommodating neurology, pediatrics, trauma and the Rapid Discovery Unit, as well as rehabilitation for both inpatient and outpatient services, this project was recently completed. The new design features decentralized nursing, integrated care team space, patient ceiling lifts in every room to increase patient and staff safety and integrated family space consistent with the experience of the previous addition. 

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Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) in Eau Claire is recognized by U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ of 2016 -17 as one of the top-ten ranked hospital in Northwestern Wisconsin.

Our project outcomes were very positive in terms of patient satisfaction and marketplace perception. This was very much a partnership. Kahler Slater is responsible for our terrific results.”

John M. Dickey, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire

Our architects, Kahler Slater, were wonderful as they went beyond the call of duty to obtain input from stakeholders and arranged numerous visits around the country to see some of the most innovative current designs in health care. The result is an extremely energy efficient building that incorporates the best ideas from all the input and site visits that were conducted.”

John M. Dickey, FACHE, Chief Administrative Officer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire

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