ST. LUKE’S HEART + REHABILITATION CENTER*

MEADOWLAKE MEDICAL OFFICE PLAZA

3525 E LOUISE DRIVE
MERIDIAN, IDAHO

PROBLEM:

Heart disease is America’s number one killer; however, with proper diagnosis, treatment and commitment from the patient, it does not need to be a death sentence.

“The goal of cardiac rehab is to stabilize, slow, or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease.”

Dr. Fredrick Costello

Director of St. Lukes Heart Health and Rehabilitation Center

The problem presented was how to foster an environment of change, psychological as much as physical, in a medical setting most people are uncomfortable in.

The program; to incorporate walking track, shower and locker rooms, more than 50 pieces of heart healthy exercise equipment, monitoring stations, exam rooms, offices,  and a cooking/education classroom all set to respect the patient’s physical abilities yet encourage them to move outside habitually detrimental health choices.

How would the built environment contribute?

SOLUTION:

Create open, youthful, interactive physician monitored exercise and observation space through natural light, outstanding valley views, vibrant and energetic colors, lines, and still photographs all placed to encourage participation.

Upon stepping off the elevator to the lobby space the patient is invited into the space, encouraged in to a social setting where culture is formed and new lifestyles evolved.

Directly opposite the reception desk is the waiting area, including a small coffee bar, emphasizing the social setting.  This introduces a supportive and comfortable atmosphere through the opportunity of casual conversation.  Visible from the waiting/coffee bar is the exercise area, encouraging participation and involvement.

The combined experience from entering to leaving ultimately creates culture of self-empowerment.

*In-Association with Hummel

John A. Day  AIA NCARB

Project Manager

(Hummel 1998 – 2009)