Because of its 40 to 50 mile distance from other hospitals, Oakes Community hospital is a true critical access hospital. As a result, the design of this replacement facility needed to provide a technology-driven, state-of-the-art hospital for the community. Balancing efficiency and technology, Oakes Community Hospital is a nurturing and healing environment that helps reduce stress for patients, families, and staff. Patient rooms and inpatient areas have additional space for family gatherings, helping provide support and assistance during recovery. Clear and simple wayfinding reduces confusion and stress. Separate public and staff areas allow staff much needed down time for rejuvenation. The layout of the facility maximizes the use of staff while ensuring the departments can expand in the future without relocating.