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Story County Medical Center
Nevada, IA

This one story addition and renovation to an existing hospital promotes a zoned healthcare campus. All outpatient services, including primary care, therapy, rehabilitation and wellness, were consolidated in a state-of the art facility focused on quality of care, patient experience and progressive, adaptable and energy-efficient design that accommodates growth and transition.

2018 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award Winner






Exam and Procedure Rooms
Type of Facade
Ipe and Terracotta
SF of New Construction
Medical Planner
Becky Hansel

Expanding care, service and community.

The Discovery process revealed that this critical access hospital needed an expansion that strengthens their primary care network, creates a central hub for healthcare in the community and will improve the care team’s efficiency, collaboration and value to its patients. Clarity became a strong theme, from site access with a new main entrance and wayfinding throughout, to departmental arrangement, clinic functions and operations. As a medical planner, I helped the hospital and design team work through critical opportunities to efficiently and strategically deliver optimal care and patient experience.

In addition to patient needs, the expansion was designed to serve visitors and the community as a whole. With a new multi-purpose room, wellness and education center, outdoor garden and public dining experience, Story County Medical Center will offer a heightened level of care and community.

Other team members: Jason DeVries, Tonia Householder, David Reid, Mike Broshar, Julie Etheredge, Nathan Kurtz and Mark Schmidt.

This project will create drastic improvements in the way our facilities support improved care for patients and workplace amenities for healthcare providers.
- Nate Thompson Chief Executive Officer
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