Northfield Hospital

Northfield, Minnesota

Northfield Hospital serves approximately 50,000 area residents in Northfield, Minnesota.  The 125,000 square-foot building opened its doors in 2003 as the anchor of an integrated healthcare campus that provides a wide range of services, including a 40-bed long-term care center. 

As part of the design planning process, representatives from the hospital staff were invited to a retreat where they could reflect on what was important to them.  They determined that they wanted a rural setting with natural views from all of the windows and warm, natural colors and tones for interior materials. They also wanted the new hospital to reflect their philosophy of patient-centered care. The project firm, HGA Interior Architecture, built upon these ideas to plan an atmosphere designed to alleviate patient stress. Each room is filled with natural light, and every bed has tranquil views of the rural setting. 

After visiting numerous showrooms and evaluating the comfort and aesthetics of a variety of products, architect Rand Liedl chose Nemschoff to provide furniture that would complement the hospital’s serene landscape. Liedl said, “I recommended Nemschoff because I knew that their quality products would give Northfield a look that is comfortable versus clinical.  They were also able to provide one style for use throughout the facility – from waiting areas in the acute wing and senior living wing to all of the patient rooms.”

Ken Bank, Northfield Hospital CEO, agrees with Liedl’s recommendation, “Nemschoff provides a range of furnishings that reflects a good understanding of the kind of fixtures that a healthcare facility wants and needs.”

Throughout the process, Liedl and Nemschoff worked together closely to make sure all objectives were met. “The customer service was impeccable,” said Liedl.  “They showed that we were more than ‘just another order’ by proactively helping us and answering our questions quickly.  They always knew the particulars of our project without having to look anything up.” 

I knew that their quality products would give Northfield a look that is comfortable versus clinical. They were also able to provide one style for use throughout the facility – from waiting areas in the acute wing and senior living wing to all of the patient rooms.

Rand Liedl Architect, HGA Interior Architecture