A New Healthcare Building Design

The facility’s design supports the VA’s mission to keep the patient at the center of care team.

The Veterans Administration Butler Health Care Center (HCC), located in Butler, Pa., opened yesterday. The $68 million, 168,000-net-square-foot facility creates a new home for the outpatient needs of nearly 20,000 western Pennsylvania veterans. Designed to support the VA’s new patient-centered-community-care (P3) model, the center serves a broad spectrum of veterans’ needs.

The new HCC houses primary care, specialty care, behavioral health, dental, diagnostic, laboratory, pathology, radiology, podiatry, optometry, pharmacy, physical rehabilitation, women’s health and more. The building houses nine Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) areas. Each PACT includes exams rooms with two doors. The patient enters one, and healthcare providers use the other door. From medical exams to therapy and other treatments, most professional services come to the veterans, reducing travel time and confusion. Each PACT, including one exclusively for women, features its own waiting area.

The interior design of the VA Butler HCC takes its cue from the area’s farmland and manufacturing heritage. Distinctive curved ceilings reflect the lush rolling landscape, while a metal and glass staircase honors the area’s industrial strength. Metal, glass and smooth wood accents throughout balance the manufactured with nature and establish an open, airy feel. New VA Butler Health Care Center Now Open | HCD Magazine