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Zilber Family Hospice Center

The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Wisconsin, having outgrown the existing seven-bed Milwaukee Hospice Residence, hired Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. to analyze the feasibility of expanding their existing facility, a 150-year-old wood frame structure.  Because of its age and construction type, the existing facility didn’t meet existing codes and couldn’t be certified by Medicare for complex symptom management.  Without a viable option for expansion, VNA and Zimmerman began investigating opportunities associated with developing a new, expanded replacement facility.  After careful analysis of a variety of hospice care centers, as well as a market study, Zimmerman  began designing a new 18 bed inpatient residence.  The new Zilber Family Hospice Center provides a viable solution for those who desire in-home hospice care in an environment where skilled care is available 24 hours a day.  The home-like facility is designed to be warm and welcoming while providing a high level of patient and family privacy.  The center also provides education space for VNA’s ongoing collaborations with Marquette University in the field of pain management and respite care.

Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Size: 40,000 s.f.

Services Provided: Architectural Planning and Design, Structural, Mechanical, and Plumbing Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

Completion Date(s): 2005

Contractor / Construction Manager: Findorff Construction

Curt Baer, AIA, ASHE

Curt Baer, AIA, ASHE

Vice President | Healthcare Facilities Studio Director

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John Klett, AIA, NCARB

John Klett, AIA, NCARB

Vice President | Senior Design Architect

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