01 May 2018

Patient-focused care, comfort

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital creates inviting spaces with Rockfon ceilings

Welcoming patients, staff and visitors to its new health and wellness destination, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois, patient-focused design offers a modern appearance, more space and greater efficiencies than its previous Belleville location.

Providing the desired, upgraded look and required performance, Rockfon® metal ceiling panels help create the building’s four exterior canopies.

Warm, inviting environment

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is a member of the Hospital Sisters Health Systems (HSHS), which partnered with Kahler Slater to master plan and design the new facility and its surrounding 120-acre campus.

According to Kahler Slater, the design supports:

  • Clinical excellence
  • Highest quality of patient care
  • Lean-efficient operations
  • St. Elizabeth’s 142-year history and faith-based mission

“We wanted to create a warm, inviting environment throughout St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. For the hospital canopies, we wanted the look of wood, but… Metal is more appropriate for the outdoor environment and noncombustible.”
– Dave Sheedy, project leader and principal at Kahler Slater

Wow factor

“The wood-look color was essential, but our products’ quality, ease of installation and value also were important factors in their selection,” notes Jim Frasca, Rockfon’s district sales manager.

Achieving an acceptable balance, Kahler Slater specified Rockfon® Planar® Macroplus® linear metal ceiling panels with a Metalwood® Bamboo color finish. The metal ceiling panels also are perforated and have an Acoutex® black backer for increased acoustic performance.

Von Alst Operating  installed the finished metal ceiling panels in the exterior canopies on the emergency department, inpatient and departure areas. Also used on the fifth floor, the exterior canopy’s metal ceiling seems to transcend the exterior glass wall with a visually uninterrupted transition to the interior chapel and physical therapy room.

“It is definitely a product that both looks good and works for dampening sounds, such as idling cars, under our entrance canopies. Myself and the project team were very impressed and love how the panels have added to our new (facility’s) overall ‘wow’ factor to everyone who visits for the first time.”
– Susan Holloway, RN, BSN, director of construction management for HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

Learn how Rockfon can help you find the right balance of aesthetics, performance and value to create inviting, durable, exterior canopies that extend into warm, healthy interiors.

Download our St. Elizabeth’s Hospital case study

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