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2022 Healthcare Environment Award Recipients

Healthcare Environment Awards

The Healthcare Environment Awards recognize how design can improve safety, enhance experiences, increase organizational efficiency and improve any number of outcomes. The Center for Health Design, in partnership with Healthcare Design magazine, will celebrate the 2022 Healthcare Environment Awards recipients at the Healthcare Design Conference + Expo in San Antonio, Texas. 



Acute (Inpatient) Care Facilities Winner:
Sabanera Health Center, Prisa Group, V Architecture & Perkins&Will Team

Alternative Settings Winner:
Aastrika Midwifery Centre, Perkins Eastman Architects

Student Design Work Winner:
Synergy | University Center for Health & Wellness, Molly Knake & Isabella Smith, The University Of Kansas

Student Design Work Winner:
Sun Diego Drive-Through Urgent Care Center, Parsa Aghaei, Kent State University

Alternative Settings Honorable Mention:
Sheltering Arms Institute, HDR

Ambulatory (Outpatient) Care Facilities Honorable Mention:
Academic medical hub in the heart of a large urban center: The last phase of the new CHUM hospital complex in downtown Montreal, CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux architects in consortium

Student Design Work Honorable Mention:
Cleveland Cancer Care Center, Hossein Mirzajani, Kent State University


The Healthcare Environment Awards are conferred each year at the Healthcare Design Conference + Expo. For more information, click here.


acute (Inpatient) care facilities winner

Sabanera Health Center, Prisa Group, V Architecture & Perkins&Will Team

Registration and waiting located adjacent to the courtyard — allowing patients to sit with views of nature or to walk through the wellness gardens as they wait.

This project is unlike many. In addition to being the first new hospital in Puerto Rico in over 20 years, its ambitious hospitality and patient driven design goals unabashedly prioritize patient experience throughout, interwoven with light, tropical mountain views, gardens, vibrant color, and original local art. These goals have been prioritized through a developer’s lens, with focused investment towards the most impactful, visual and experiential beauty, honing interior spaces to the most essential to meet programmatic elements without compromise to patient care and functionality.

The result of this project is a tropical oasis, one that imparts a sense of luxury, yet achieved through the most responsible means. This is a hospital to welcome all in the community, to treat them with the most respect, and honor the project’s key drivers throughout the building: information and education; ease of care; hospitality; family and welcoming care settings; and continuity and transition of care or continuum of care.


Aastrika Midwifery Centre, Perkins Eastman Architects

Labor and delivery room with exercise equipment and sensory screen to promote patient well-being and satisfaction.

The first of its kind in India, the Aastrika Midwifery Centre is an evidence-based birthing center that promotes physiological childbirth and continuous support steering away from unnecessary caesarean deliveries. The center provides both outpatient and inpatient care, and is set within an existing hospital located in a residential neighborhood in Bengaluru, India. It is also the first of its kind in India designed with specialized sensory technology in the Labor and Delivery Rooms.

The birthing center comprises of two labor and delivery rooms and three Antepartum/Post-Partum Rooms with expansion capability to accommodate unexpected surges in patient volume or acuity. It caters to standard Obstetric Practice, but is primarily focused on the midwife model of care. The project goal was to design a birthing center that revolves around evidence-based birthing concepts, promoting overall well-being and patient satisfaction. The design is intended to influence active labor, support the mother throughout the natural birthing process, implement techniques to help with pain management, and create an overall home-like calming midwifery birthing center reducing medical interventions.

student design work WINNER

Synergy | University Center for Health & Wellness, Molly Knake & Isabella Smith, The University of Kansas

The concept of Synergy is translated into smooth curves, working together cohesively in every aspect of design from the furniture, to the registration bays and lighting. 

Synergy is a new University Student Health and Wellness Center that focuses on all dimensions of wellness for college students. The goal of this project is to approach student well-being by looking at aspects of physical, mental, financial and academic health. 

The two overarching components of this project are to include a physical and mental health clinic and a student success center, together in one location. It will include innovative solutions such as adopting a self-rooming model for students, indoor and outdoor waiting, a modular clinic layout and separate patient and staff corridors. It will consist of clinical exam rooms, physician and nurse work areas and uniquely incorporate the mental health care providers within. 

This innovation will allow for stronger collaboration between disciplines and ultimately provide students with greater care, as mental and physical health start to become dependent on one another. Overall, this new student health and wellness center will bring greater awareness, accessibility and usage of all student services leading to improved student outcomes.


student design work WINNER

Sun Diego Drive-Through Urgent Care Center, Parsa Aghaei, Kent State University

The use of mobile apps and state-of-the-art design creates a contactless patient experience and allows for easy wayfinding.

Long waiting times and exposure to COVID-19 became barriers to patients visiting medical centers during the state of the pandemic. Healthcare facilities resorted to drive-ins and drive-throughs as a temporary solution to safely deliver healthcare services such as specimen collection, vaccinations and blood draw. 

Sun Diego is a free-standing urgent care center with the permanent attachment of three drive-through stations. It follows a decentralized model for the nurse station, waiting area and patient support spaces, and was designed to bring convenience and pace to patients even after the pandemic. 

The goal of this facility was bi-fold. First, to increase throughput by introducing a faster model of care. Second, to improve infection control, thus improving patient and staff safety. Patients of Sun Diego are given the choice to seek traditional care or use drive-through stations. A state-of-the-art design allows for easy wayfinding of cars to enter one of the three drive-through stations.


alternative settings honorable mention

Sheltering Arms Institute, HDR

The 9,251-square-foot main therapy gym and three satellite gyms are equipped with everything from assistive walking devices for gait training, smart gloves to regain fine motor skills, a robotics area, virtual reality and more.

The Sheltering Arms and VCU Health joint venture, Sheltering Arms Institute, is a catalyst for change with the development of the new inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Not only is it the platform from which this partnership launches into the next generation of destination rehab care, but also the spark that ignites a newly defined healthcare corridor that will improve the lives of many families in the Greater Richmond area and beyond.

The new facility consolidates inpatient beds from three locations around the city to create the 212,000-square-foot institute, focused on serving patients who have experienced stroke, spinal cord injuries or brain injuries, and patients in need of rehabilitation. The site design strategy arranges the building form in a chevron shape, with the point of the form occupying the high ground of the site. In this way, the “arms” formed by the two wings of the building gently swing inward toward the arrival area in the foreground, forming a subtle enclosure.


ambulatory (outpatient) care facilities HONORABLE MENTION

Academic medical hub in the heart of a large urban center: The last phase of the new CHUM hospital complex in downtown Montreal, CannonDesign + NEUF architect(e)s and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux architects in consortium

The Pierre-Péladeau Amphitheatre is the central and unifying architectural element around which the medical campus is organized. Its refined architecture preserves its intimacy without depriving the relationship it has with its surroundings.

Located at the heart of a busy block in downtown Montreal, the latest phase of the new CHUM is integrated into a dense and diverse urban environment. Preceded by the construction of the Research Centre and most of the hospital, it completes a colossal project of more than 400,000 m² and makes the CHUM one of the largest hospital centers in North America as well as a true academic medical hub where scientific research, teaching and patient care coexist and interact. 

The project includes two 16- and 17-storey towers housing outpatient clinics, medical archives, a public medical library (learning commons), offices, the hospital’s main entrance and five underground levels for parking and changing rooms. A multipurpose conference center, the heart of the project with its distinctive curves and copper cladding, sits at the center of the Plaza around which the medical campus is organized. 

Completing a decade-long endeavor, not only does it provide Montreal with a long-awaited modern hospital but also with a place for interactions between the medical community, patients and their families, academia and society at large.


student design work HONORABLE MENTION

Cleveland cancer care center, Hossein Mirzajani, kent state university

Shown from a vertical perspective, this development goes through both a horizontal and vertical evolution that is derived from research findings of case studies.  

According to the CDC, there is a growing population of Americans, especially young professionals, who need treatment from outpatient cancer care facilities. The impact of building features that promote wellness is of increasing interest to the building owners, designers, and occupants. 

Throughout an academic year consisting of research and design studio, this project investigated the role of wellness features by achieving three strategic goals: 1) An enhanced end-user experience, including patient and staff; 2) Customized layers of privacy and social interaction; and 3) Improved sensory conditions. 

This project provides a wide range of cancer care procedures, including laboratory and diagnostic departments, radiation therapy, medical oncology department, infusion therapy, and a holistic complementary therapy section. Integrating wellness features such as maximum exposure to natural light, access to healing gardens, ease of movement, and enhanced sensory conditions were some of the leading design strategies to improve end-users’ experience physically and emotionally.