Healthcare Design that Captures the Essence of a Community

Posted by on Oct 21, 2021 in Featured Artists and Inspirations
Healthcare Design that Captures the Essence of a Community

Healthcare design that captures the essence of a community brings comfort, healing, and respite to patients and staff. Healthcare designers that can accomplish that are bound to win awards. The hospital featured here, Grand Island Regional Medical Center located in Grand Island, Nebraska – designed by HDR is in a position to win a 2021 Healthcare Design Showcase Award. And we hope they do!

Grand Island Regional Medical Center

Grand Island Regional Medical Center located in Grand Island, Nebraska is a community hospital that is dedicated to improving health through the empowerment of the community and their healthcare team. The new construction project was initiated by a group of local doctors and business leaders who wanted to offer Grand Island patients an experience that was community-driven and responsive to their needs. They called on expert healthcare designers HDR to help bring their motives to fruision.

Grand views and matching murals make visitors feel at home. Photo: © 2021 HDR

Healthcare Designers at HDR saw the project as an opportunity to use local art to help patients, staff and visitors feel right at home. They incorporated 64 local landscapes into patient rooms and 25 different murals throughout the facility. Each landscape captures the essence of Nebraska.

Floor to ceiling murals are specially lit for a nighttime effect. Photo: © 2021 HDR

To accomplish this, the HDR team commissioned a local photographer to showcase unique landscape images. Each image was made into a full-height graphic wall covering and installed throughout the hospital. Every patient room has its own distinct graphic near the family waiting space, with lighting designed in such a way that the patient tower resembles a vibrant mural in the evening and night from the exterior. (source)

Inline image showing the individual patient room graphics lit at night.
Each patient room has its own graphic. Photo: © 2021 HDR

Beyond the use of local art, the new hospital is integrated strongly into the surrounding community and landscape, with access to nearby walking trails, healing gardens, health and wellness-focused businesses, and living and hospitality opportunities. Visit the HDR website to see more project photos and to learn more about the design.

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Marie Wikoff is the creator of Wikoff Design Studio based out of Reno, Nevada. Her expertise in healthcare design has helped modernize healthcare organizations locally, regionally, and internationally, improving patient experience and outcomes. Her credentials include Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC), American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID), the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) and LEED AP. Contact Marie Wikoff


“Grand Island Regional Medical Center.” HDR, 26 Mar. 2021,

Jennifer Kovacs Silvis. “Awards + Events.” HCD Mag,

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