Catholic Health Headquarters

Programming and Designing the New Catholic Health Administrative and Regional Training Center

Catholic Health, formed in 1998 from separate healthcare operations, is a non-profit healthcare system that provides care to Western New Yorkers across a network of hospitals, primary care centers, imaging centers, and several other community ministries.

In 2011, the LaBella team was requested to program the consolidation of administrative and training functions, which were located across eleven different facilities. The programming and design of the new LEED-Certified Catholic Health Corporate Administrative and Training Center was intended to reinforce the sense of a shared mission and collaboration among its departments and associates in a variety of ways.

The ground floor is a welcoming center for current and new employees, including conference, training, dining, meditation, and orientation facilities. Upper floors incorporate open office arrangements that encourage collaboration within and between the various departments while maintaining confidentiality and privacy where necessary.

Each floor has several copy areas, kitchenettes, and breakout conference rooms that are shared by departments to promote chance contact, sharing, and collaboration. Daylight, which is lacking in so many of the current program component locations, permeates the floors of the new Catholic Health Administrative and Regional Training Center.