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 selected Kahler Slater to provide master planning, architectural and interior design services plus philanthropy and communications support for their health system flagship campus. The client’s goal for the projects 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 first project included a complex connected major addition of a new 5-story hospital bed tower, ambulatory surgery center and cancer center. The design 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. A second phase included an adjacent inpatient surgery renovation project. 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. 

Powerful Results

Gold Award
Wisconsin Chapter American Society of Interior Design (ASID), 2011