SSM Health St. Agnes Hospital – Hybrid Operating Suite

Zimmerman provided renovation planning and design for a Hybrid Cardiac Operating Room/Lab. The new suite is capable of handling a wide array of heart procedures. The Hybrid OR concept integrates provisions that reduce time in reaction to an event during a procedure. Ultimately, this enhances patient safety by ultimately improving outcomes. 

The highly specialized environment features in-room fluoroscopy, ultrasound and 3D mapping – all of which can operate simultaneously. This allows hospital staff to guide surgery in real-time with extreme proficiency. Pre-op time is minimized by administering anesthesia in the room. State-of-the-art x-ray equipment is utilized to ensure the lowest possible radiation dose delivery for patient and staff safety. An adjacent monitoring station for team member viewing facilitates constant presence with the patient.

The Hybrid OR project was planned, designed and constructed in an extremely condensed timeframe.  Zimmerman introduced several non-traditional solutions to the design process, including constructing physical mock-ups from readily available materials, which cut the mock-up construction and evaluation time from months – to days. The unit surrounding the lab being remodeled remained operational during all construction, which required extra care on behalf of the team to maintain a safe and efficient project site.


Fond Du Lac, WI


2,000 sq. ft.

Services Provided:

Architectural Space Planning, Architectural Planning and Design, Structural Engineering, Interior Design

Scott Gosnell


Vice President | Director, Healthcare

As the Director of our Healthcare Studio, Scott leads a team of healthcare planning and design experts who are focused in evidence-based design, Lean healthcare design principles, and biophilic design. Before exclusively concentrating his professional efforts on healthcare facility projects, his main areas of focus were in the firm's healthcare and hospitality project categories. This unique combination of experience has resulted in projects that embody an environment of care that values patient experience in quality, brand, convenience, and amenities as well as staff efficiency and well-planned spaces. Scott has been with Zimmerman for nearly 20 years, having joined the firm shortly after earning his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.