Raising the bar for rural health care

Sauk Prairie Healthcare
Sauk Prairie Hospital

Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

Long on quality, but short on infrastructure, Sauk Prairie Healthcare was faced with a common occurrence in community healthcare today: An aging campus out of space to grow.

Kahler Slater partnered with Sauk Prairie Hospital to master plan and design their new 152,000-square-foot replacement hospital and 58,000-square-foot, attached medical office building on a new campus. Extensive community listening sessions conducted early in the project were key to securing community support for this project. Kahler Slater worked closely with the community to understand concerns about the departure to a greenfield site and the challenging project budget.

In their design for a replacement health care campus, Kahler Slater incorporated principles of evidence-based and sustainable design, ensuring the new campus could adapt to ever-changing needs and the latest technologies. Opportunities for expansion, both incremental and wholesale, were central to the design concept and campus plan. Operationally, the formation of a new Patient Services Center brought a streamlined entry process front and center in the new facility, and created staff efficiency.

By celebrating the local ethnography as the design inspiration, including features like the natural materials and strong horizontals reminiscent of the Prairie Style, nods to the block-and-stack building method, and pops of “barn red” on the exterior, the hospital becomes more firmly rooted in the community that it serves.

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percentile patient satisfaction for orthopedics (HCAHPS)


increase in births in first year after opening


rating for Overall Hospital Quality (CMS 2016)

Guardian of Excellence Award for Patient Experience – 4th year in a row (Press Ganey Associates 2016)

Outstanding Patient Experience Award (Healthgrades 2013-15)

Patient Safety Excellence Award (Healthgrades 2013- 2015)

Top 25

US Hospital (Consumer Reports 2015)

Top 5%

best US Healthcare Facilities (Press Ganey Associates 2014)

ASID Silver


Kahler Slater helped us to not only gain the approval for the hospital but helped to ensure that our community was on board with our move.”

Larry Schroeder, Former CEO, Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Your vision, talent and passion helped to create what we had all dreamed of.”

Vickie Wenzel, Board of Directors Member, Sauk Prairie Healthcare