Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy

Hiawatha, Iowa
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In 2005, Mercy Medical Center recognized the need for a dedicated hospice center to serve the needs of the community. In response to that need, Mercy worked with OPN Architects to design a facility where patients and families can receive care and support.

The Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy is a 23,000-square-foot facility. Designed to feel like a home, the space is centered around a large community kitchen and dining area. Much like a private residence, this space is heavily used as a gathering space for patients and families to share support and enjoy the pleasures of home cooked meals. Smaller, comfortable seating areas and alcoves radiate out from the core offering families quiet spaces to relax, talk privately or spend time in quiet reflection. Large windows, a central courtyard and private patios off each patient room connect patients to the outdoors and fresh air.

The staff and public areas are clearly divided but oriented to for maximum staff efficiency. The nurse’s station was placed at the intersection of the hallways allowing visual access to both patient wings. The central location of the dining/ community areas provide a natural point of expansion for the future.

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