Construction is nearly complete on the new 57,000 square-foot Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, Illinois. It's a happy ending for what could have been "the end" for the hospital's previous, dated facility. But the affiliation of the hospital with Deaconess and a low-interest USDA loan provided the opportunity for JJCA to develop a replace-in-place strategy that has combined a new addition with extensive renovations, creating a brand new, state-of-the-art facility.
The first phase replaced all hospital functions and main waiting area in an addition to the existing hospital facility. The second and third phases provide for renovation of the existing hospital to house administrative, training, and support functions for the hospital, along with enlarging the rural health clinic for expanded provider capability. The waiting room and public space will be the spine of the hospital with all patient services opening onto this space. Utilizing the public space as the hospital core will allow natural light and soothing colors to be the primary foundation for way finding within the hospital.