ACHA recognizes design innovation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Video

The ideas behind the design of the 2016 Legacy Project Award winner from the American College of Healthcare Architects

Along with the American College of Healthcare Architects, I believe in “transforming healthcare through better built environments” and that “good design can improve people’s lives.”  Each year, the ACHA selects a notable healthcare project for its Legacy Project Award. The Legacy Project Award recognizes those groundbreaking healthcare projects that in their time redefined how we understand what a hospital or clinic could be and introduced innovations or supported breakthrough delivery of care concepts. The project must be built and continuously occupied as a patient-oriented healthcare facility for at least 15 years, and remain in good condition.

This year, the ACHA selected Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the recipient of the prestigious award. As a Fellow with American College of Healthcare Architects and the Design and Planning Principal for the Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus master plan and Prentice Women’s Hospital projects as well as Design Principal on Feinberg/Galter Pavilions (designed by VOA in association with HOK and Ellerbe Becket) I consider this honor among the very brightest highlights of my career. And I know that VOA’s Doug King, the senior project architect contributing to the success of Feinberg/Galter, feels similarly.

I believe that VOA’s design for Northwestern Memorial Hospital continues to successfully communicate the key values of institution and that it is smartly integrated, both in program and design, with the unique urban context of Chicago’s Streeterville community. For more thoughts on NMH from the President of Northwestern Memorial Hospital Julie Creamer, RN and others, see the video above.

Health Facilities Management says that “The hospital’s 2016 Legacy Project Award from the ACHA is a testament to its enduring quality” and takes a deeper look at the healthcare institution’s design with “9 Ways Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Design Was Ahead of Its Time.”

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