Community Health Systems


La Porte, IN




Architecture, Interior Design, Structural Engineering


2 Green Globes

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Located just off the shores of Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana, La Porte Hospital has been the heart of healthcare in downtown La Porte for more than 40 years. After being acquired by Community Health Systems (CHS), the hospital became part of the larger regional Northwest Health network and received funding for a new hospital. Located one block from the older La Porte Hospital, the new 200,000-square-foot, 84-bed Gresham Smith-designed acute care hospital replaces the community’s aging facility and aligns stylistically with other facilities within the CHS network. In addition to inpatient services, the new hospital also houses emergency services, outpatient surgery, cardiovascular services in a heart center setting, critical care, orthopedic services, and birthing & family care services, prioritizing the patient experience, staff satisfaction and overall delivery of care.

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private inpatient rooms
hospital lobby

The four-floor facility’s clean, modern façade represents the quality care provided inside and sets a new design standard for the health system’s future projects. A glazed two-story lobby helps distinguish public access to the building and is visible from the main approach to the site. Large windows stacked in the corner of the elevator lobbies and waiting rooms maximize views of the surrounding area and orient visitors back toward the city. Additionally, high-performance, low-emittance glass improves energy efficiency without compromising the amount of ambient light.

monumental staircase in lobby
seating behind monumental staircase in lobby

Inside the 200,000-square foot facility’s two-story lobby, the design team relocated decorative stained glass panels from the existing facility for an accent wall behind the monumental stair, which leads to a shared waiting room on the second floor. Large expanses of windows offer ample daylight and views for patients and their family members.

a patient room

To support patient healing and family involvement, 84 private inpatient rooms include a private bathroom, room-by-room temperature control and a recliner, as well as electronic information boards that display patients’ medical information and care plans. Visitors also have two on-site dining options: the Garden Café on the first floor, and The Gathering Café & Bakery on the second floor.

two nurses at a nurse station
two nurses in a nurse work area

To improve care efficiencies, each floor has multiple nurse stations, as well as separate observation stations outside patient rooms in the intensive care unit. The space also features separate circulation for staff, dedicated elevators for materials, equipment and food service, and a dedicated elevator for patient transport. Tablets and workstations on wheels create environmental efficiencies, while wireless mobile communication devices improve communication between caregivers.

: two people walking down a corridor

Our team incorporated a variety of sustainable design elements in the project, including roofing with a high solar reflectance index, finishes low in volatile organic compounds, performance glazing, and efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures to reduce energy and water consumption. The project ultimately earned two Green Globes for the way the design reduces environmental impacts.