HDR Wins Back-to-back Evidence-based Design Touchstone Awards
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HDR Wins Back-to-back Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Awards

For the second consecutive year HDR has won The Center for Health Design’s Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Award, this time at the Gold Level for research underway at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Nebraska.

The Touchstone Award recognizes the use of an evidence-based design process in the pursuit of increasing value, improving outcomes and engaging stakeholders. Awards were presented to projects that showed exemplary achievement across the touchstones of the EBD process: collaboration, evaluation and sharing.

“With HDR’s creative vision ‘to create a sophisticated space with subtle regional influences, the Great Plains Health patient tower addition in North Platte  focuses on the physical and emotional well-being of patients and their families, as well as that of caregivers and staff," according to The Center for Health Design.

HDR’s work with Great Plains Health included EBD strategies focused on views of nature, exposure to natural light, decentralized nursing stations, improved placement and hand-washing sinks, and large, single-bed, standardized, same-handed, conversion-ready patient rooms.

“Great Plains Health is an extraordinary example of multi-disciplinary team engagement in the evidence-based design process,” said Jeri Brittin, director of research at HDR.  “In this case, evaluation was planned from the inception of the hospital project, and I cannot stress enough the importance of this up-front commitment.”

Brittin leads the HDR research team which includes Researcher Francesqca Jimenez, Research Analyst Renae Rich, and Senior Researcher Susan Puumala.

“It’s a great honor to work with our forward-thinking clients at Great Plains Health, and our project leaders, designers, clinical planners, researchers and statisticians at HDR for seamless integration on this high-functioning, and also quite beautiful, facility,” Brittin added. “I am so proud of the work our team is doing to continue to push the envelope in understanding how design can be leveraged to target and advance human outcomes that matter.”

The EBD evaluation at Great Plains Health was partially supported by the Lady with the Lamp Research Grant awarded in 2017 to HDR research by the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design.

HDR in 2017 also won a Silver Level Touchstone Award for work with the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation to conduct an ongoing research study focused on the hypothesis that the architectural design of the VCBR expansion and renovation will be associated with improved outcomes for residents both while committed and after release.

EBD Touchstone Award recipients will be announced and celebrated at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference at a ceremony during The Center for Health Design’s Awards and Changemaker Keynote on Nov. 12.

About HDR's Healthcare Experience

At HDR, we blend our deep knowledge of healthcare delivery with our understanding of how environments can shape behaviors and outcomes to create solutions for clients that respect the human impact of their work — solutions that champion human-centered design, solve real problems, make lives better and advance wellness, well-being, healing and cures.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

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