Cost Effective, Award-Winning Beauty

Elmhurst Hospital

The design team for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital successfully allocated the budget to areas of the project with the greatest impact, developed details to create the design effect in a cost effective manner, and utilized different back-of-house materials and construction details to achieve significant cost savings without compromising aesthetic goals. This project was voted one of the five most beautiful hospitals in the country and has received several additional honors for its design and customer satisfaction.

This Integrated Health Campus is comprised of a patient tower and two medical office buildings organized around the existing Center for Health. In keeping with the hospital’s adoption of a Planetree philosophy, the design focuses on the patient experience. The patient rooms feature a range of hotel-like amenities for patients and families while the grounds provide respite through extensive landscaping, ponds, and healing gardens.

Extensive master planning resulted in the development of “zones” to distribute patients by acuity level. The ICU, emergency department, surgery, and cardiac services are grouped in the west zone while women’s services and cancer treatment areas are located in the east zone. This organizational approach facilitates way finding, promotes functionality of clinical areas, and enhances the overall patient/visitor and staff experience.

Award-Winning Design

  • Beacon Award — Critical Care Services
  • Planetree Hospital Designation
  • Chicago Tribune‘s Top Workplaces
  • Soliant Health Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the US Award
  • Hospital and Health Network’s 2013 Most Wired Award

Location: Elmhurst, IL


Size 1,066,000 square feet, 259 beds

Associate Architect Kahn Architecture & Design