Now in their 29th year, Modern Healthcare's Design Awards have chronicled the industry's pursuit to define, design and create the ideal healing environment. And, according to one of this year's judges, the strongest entries in this year's competition are already far along on that journey.
“The idea is that care of the patient goes beyond the acute episodes and it now involves social support and educational support in a nontraditional, holistic way,” said James Bicak, vice president of facilities, engineering and hospitality services at Sinai Health System, a safety net provider in Chicago. “The best projects illustrate how they incorporated that into their thinking, planning and architecture. They all talked about engagement—not just patients and staff—but the whole family. The difference was in how they executed it.”
Awards judge Nicholas Tejeda, CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Doctors Hospital of Manteca (Calif.), agreed. “I viewed the entries through three different lenses: form, function and creativity. The best projects integrated function with the environment outside their walls and created an environment of healing.”