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Jenabeth Ferguson
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Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo announces 2017 Symposium Distinction Awards

The 2017 Symposium Distinction Award Winners were honored at the annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo at the Austin Convention. The Awards program recognizes design teams, projects and individuals who have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry.  The program accepts submissions of all types and sizes of patient care-related facilities. In addition it recognizes the best and most innovative new products within the healthcare design & construction industry.

The 2017 Symposium Distinction Award Winners are:


noraplan® lona by nora

noraplan® lona offers a silk-matte finish that features splashes and droplets in a range of colors and accents that capture the momentum of artistic expression. Utilizing newly developed technology that allows for a virtually unlimited range of unique patterns and designs, this new product harnesses the essence of creativity. The result is a versatile floor covering that sets the mood for an environment of bold experimentation and innovative new approaches that express a building’s character.

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Interactive Prep/Recovery bay by Philips

Philips Ambient Experience is an approach to clinical environment design aimed at improving the patient and staff experience. Implemented in over 1000 sites around the world, it is based on years of design research and collaboration. The portfolio of solutions contributes to a positive, engaging environment to benefit quality of care. The new overhead canopy was developed to create a defined patient zone while providing a tunable recuperative experience. The Philips Large Luminous Surface overhead panels contain LED lighting linked to seventeen video theme options. These calming themes have been selected to enhance recovery and provide positive distraction while also allowing for personalization by ranging from pediatric whimsical themes to calming nature scenes. The ceiling panels themes are also linked to colored lighting selections that surround the perimeter of the canopy to provide a soft glow and lighting option for the bay. Exam and reading lighting are also incorporated in the ceiling. User interface was designed by Philips for an iPad application allowing the patient to control all of the room lighting and themes while a wall switch allows staff to override the settings should emergent situations arise.

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Erlanger Health System East Campus Addition and Renovation submitted by HKS

The Erlanger Health System embarked on a bold vision for comprehensive community health and wellness, addressing the full spectrum of care and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Located near Erlanger’s main campus, Erlanger East is a multi-faceted medical campus meeting the needs of a growing suburb of Chattanooga with a full service Women’s Hospital, surgery center and physician offices

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Kara Freihoefer with HGA

As a Senior Research Associate at HGA Architects and Engineers, Kara Freihoefer, PhD, CID, EDAC, LEED ID+C, has built a disciplined approach to practice-based research that enhances the firm’s healthcare design and planning processes. In a rapidly changing healthcare industry, research is becoming a necessary tool to quantify how design decisions impact patient and staff outcomes. Her research has been centered on development of a toolkit, which consists of validated methods for data collection that can be implemented during various phases of design—pre-design, pre-occupancy, and/or post-occupancy. As a result, the data and findings inform the design team to scientifically plan healthcare facilities with evidence-based design (EBD) concepts.

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Teresa Wilson with Steffian Bradley Architects

Teresa Wilson is an Executive Principal and Managing Director of Steffian Bradley Architect’s Corporate Headquarters in Boston, MA office. A graduate of University of Michigan (B.Arch./M.Arch), Teresa has worked at SBA for the majority of her 25 year professional practice of healthcare design and planning for new and existing facilities. She has charted a path at SBA from a recent college graduate, through her “almost” empty nest and through those years she has worked part time from home, managed a small satellite office for SBA and for the past 10 years she has worked full time in the Boston office.

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The Distinction Award Winners represent a diversity of talent, creativity, innovation and passion to create healing healthcare environments, chosen by an elite panel of industry executives including:

James Atkinson Vice President and Director, Healthcare Design and Planning HDR, Inc
Marcus A. Budaus, AIA, ACHA, LEED® AP Associate Principal / Senior Vice President HKS, INC.
Gary W. Collins, AIA, NCARB Associate Principal Forum Studio
Rolando Conesa, AIA Principal MGE Architects
Amy Douma, AIA, NCARB, and LEED AP Vice President HGA Architects and Engineers

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