EAPC transformed a former 12,000 SF clinic into a community health center that balances clinical efficiency with amenities that promote energy and wellness in an underserved community

When the doors of the Coal County Community Health Center open in Fall 2018, patients will find their familiar caregivers in an inviting, convenient, newly expanded and renovated building located in Beulah, North Dakota. The new Clinic & Specialty Center has eliminated complicated wayfinding and created a seamless, patient-friendly experience.

Because the client was eager to broaden its reach in the community, the design maximizes space efficiency with a waiting area that has flexible seating and collaborative work rooms for care teams rather than private offices.

Inside the clinic, large, open spaces and vibrant colors help to create a bright environment and also serve as wayfinding devices. Exam rooms are 30 percent larger than standard to accommodate families and their care teams. Wider 6′-0″ hallways provide easy access for those with strollers or wheelchairs.

Private offices are replaced by open, collaborative work areas to support Coal Country Community Health Clinic’s patient-centered medical home care model. This gives patients access to a multi-specialty team of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, behavioral health consultants, and registered dietitians in a single visit.