The AMITA Health ambulatory center consolidates services, controls costs and eliminates duplicated services in the system. The two-story building, which serves as a gateway into the Village of Hinsdale, was designed with the flexibility to vertically expand to include two additional floors, while still blending with the small scale of the surrounding retail and residential buildings.
While anchored by oncology services, this center’s design intent is to uplift patients. The “Compass of Healing” theme is symbolic of the patient’s journey through treatment. The compass’ cardinal points have been replaced with words, emotions, and colors that embody the mission of the Adventist Health System: Love and the color red symbolize north; hope and the color green represent east; faith and the color gold signify south, and peace and the color violet denote west. Transforming this symbolism into a navigational tool, the interior architecture features a compass design on the lobby floor with ribbons in the representative colors flowing from the compass to the appropriate functions.
Communicating hope and vitality, the eight-acre campus includes a pond/water feature, walking trails, healing/viewing gardens located around the building, and a natural forest preserve along the eastern edge. The facility includes a medical oncology department with private treatment rooms, open bay treatment areas and exam rooms, a radiation oncology department, an outpatient imaging department, and a breast surgeon suite with exam space. A laboratory, pharmacy, café, conference room, chapel, and massage therapy suite are also housed in the building.
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