North Central Kansas Medical Center

North Central Kansas Medical Center
Architectural Design, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Programming
Concordia, KS
Project type
New construction

New hospital serves community needs without requiring community funds

North Central Kansas Medical Center (NCKMC) is a new critical access hospital in Concordia, Kansas. It replaced an outdated 1950s building that no longer met the community’s healthcare needs. After a comprehensive master planning and successful funding process, the project moved quickly through design and construction. The modern replacement hospital features inpatient beds, a surgical suite, an emergency department, lab imaging services, and an MRI suite. The outpatient clinic provides walk-in services, space for primary care. Expanded physical and occupational therapy services include a new hydro-therapy pool.

To provide these services, NCKMC was able to fund a significant portion of the project through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and loans, with the community supporting the project through material and monetary contributions.

The hope for the project was to bring us up to modern expectations, bring something to the community they haven’t had, and to bring ourselves from the 1950s to the 2020s. We’re taking giant leaps forward.

Dave Garnas, Administrator at North Central Kansas Medical Center

One-of-a-kind facility makes patients feel comfortable and welcomed

As a replacement facility for a long-standing health community center in Concordia and Cloud County, the design needed to have several qualities. It needed to be accessible, inviting, and familiar to the community while supporting the health of the population it serves. Important considerations were to provide a space that fits into the community, be unique to its environment, and stand out as special. A cookie-cutter hospital or carbon copy from another community was not going to work for NCKMC.

As a two-story building and one of the largest structures in the area, the scale needed to be broken down so that it would not feel overwhelming or institutional. The design was influenced by local, residential, small-town vernacular so that the architectural aesthetic would feel welcoming and familiar. Once inside, visitors and staff can easily navigate between service areas while retaining access to daylight and nature.

Serving community needs now with the flexibility to grow over time

NCKMC provides a canvas that will remain functional over time. Not only does the new facility provide services not previously available in the county or neighboring counties, but the campus has been designed to flex and grow over time. Functional program components like ambulatory services, inpatient beds, emergency and urgent care, radiology, lab, support services, and utilities have all been designed so that they can independently grow with future needs as this thriving community continues to develop.

This project was a true team effort with all parties invested in the best possible outcome for this small rural community. Working through a global pandemic, a material supply shortage crisis, budget realignments, and various other challenges, we were able to deliver a hospital that will keep the town thriving and growing for years to come. Since opening, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.

We have a responsibility to take care of our citizens, not only in Concordia, but Cloud County and the region. A facility like this really does say to the world that rural Kansas is thriving and it will continue to thrive.

Ashley Hutchinson, Director of Governmental Affairs, Salina Regional Health Center/North Central Kansas Medical Center


  • 2023 Merit Award, ENR Regional Best Projects, Midwest Region Healthcare Category

Project contact

Curtis Hendershott


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