Replacement Critical Access Hospital
Avera Health, Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital
Faced with an undersized 60-year-old facility near the end of its useful life, Merrill Pioneer Community Hospital selected BWBR to create a new care center on a greenfield site. The new campus complements the rich heritage and vibrant growth of this rural Iowa community, while attracting new patients, high-quality care providers, and staff.
The replacement Critical Access Hospital with integrated clinic accomplishes several goals, including optimized flow and function through a Lean-designed floor plan with logical departmental adjacencies. Additionally, spacious patient rooms offer homey comforts for those in need of longer stays. Each room provides a dedicated staffing zone, ample space for families, abundant natural light, and a private bathroom.
The entire campus is designed for expansion, with departments anticipating future growth — such as clinic and imaging — placed on the exterior walls. Flexibly balancing today with tomorrow, this community hub enthusiastically promotes wellness, a continuum of care, and generational health.
Additional Team Members
Scott Holmes (retired)
Allen Hoglund (Retired)
Specifications Writer / Senior Project Architect
Senior Project Architect/ Code Analyst
Inga Oelschlager (retired)
Senior Project Architect
51,700 sq. ft.
Eight-bed Critical Access Hospital, expandable to 11 beds; emergency department; surgery suite; imaging; rehabilitation; patient rooms that accommodate bariatric patients with oversized doors and large private bathrooms; lab; café and public dining; administration and support spaces
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