In 2004, Galena-Stauss Hospital & Healthcare Center, now named the Midwest Medical Center, became the first Planetree affiliate hospital in Illinois. The design of the 25-bed, critical access replacement facility is based upon the Planetree tenets, embodying holistic, patient-centered care in a healing environment.

The facility takes its design cues from the architecture in the historic resort community. Cornices and a clock tower crown the entry, echoing back to the town’s historic school. Inside, apprehension is dispelled through windowed views to the outdoors. Natural colors of the ceramic-tiled lobby floor and a combination of rich cherry wood-like materials contribute to the soothing atmosphere. Patient rooms, each with a windowed view, include comforting family zones.

In addition to the facility being patient- and family-centered, it seeks to be staff-nurturing with such amenities as windows in the operating suites. Streamlined efficiencies include clinical adjacencies—for example, the ED is next to diagnostics—and preparation for outpatient surgery is separated from recovery only by doors that stay open. A fitness center, resource library, and café serve the community as additional resources, and an easily expandable platform is provided for future growth.

Photos by Jeff Millies © Hedrich Blessing; Craig Dugan © Hedrich Blessing