It Takes a Village
La Porte Hospital, Johnson Road Physicians Village
Michigan City, Indiana
33 Exam Rooms, Diagnostic Treatment Suite, Administrative Support Spaces
Sometimes innovation comes from the least likely places.
La Porte Hospital was in the process of developing a local medical office campus across the street from an existing public library. While the hospital was developing concepts for the campus, the library was secretly looking to relocate its branch. As luck would have it, MKM was managing the design of both projects and suggested the two projects could benefit from one another. After several visioning workshops incorporating feedback from both parties, a unified vision was defined to create an interdisciplinary care village. The idea was to create a campus that could house a primary care clinic, an urgent care clinic, open conference space for staff and community education, and a new public library. The intent would be to share site infrastructure (e.g., parking, stormwater management) and social spaces (e.g., conference rooms) while providing a more diverse experience for end users that was less focused on clinical healthcare and more concerned with community well-being.
The idea of creating a community health campus was developed from discussions facilitated at all levels, from the overall concept of the development down to the layout of each room within the facility. Throughout design, the medical facility was mocked up through a series of interactive 2P workshops to allow employees and community members to physically walk the space and provide their comments on what would make it more efficient for both the provider and the patient. This process brought out the ability to combine spaces that could flex between personal consultation rooms, group treatment rooms, office space, and personal exam rooms. As healthcare practices continue to evolve, so can the building to accommodate the needs of the community.