Valley View Hospital garners two national awards for its design |

Valley View Hospital garners two national awards for its design

During the past few weeks, Valley View Hospital has been honored twice with prestigious national awards for excellence in hospital facilities design. Valley View Hospital was recently named the top recipient of the 2006 Spirit of Planetree Award for architectural design, recognizing excellence in a patient-centered facility. The award was presented by Planetree President Susan Frampton at a special ceremony during the annual Planetree conference in October, attended by over 600 individuals from Planetree institutions across the United States, Canada and Europe.According to Valley View Hospital facilities director Michael Biles, “When Valley View Hospital became affiliated with the national Planetree organization several years ago, a commitment was made to create a comforting atmosphere to support the minds and spirits of our patients, as well as their bodies. In addressing the need for additional space, a golden opportunity arose to address aesthetics, patient comfort and privacy, from the design phase forward. Valley View was very fortunate in having an administrative team and Board of Trustees who were committed to creating a truly healing environment.”Biles noted that the architectural firm of Hart Freeland Roberts, as well as general contractor R.F. Griffin, deserve kudos for bringing the Planetree concepts into reality for Valley View Hospital. “The result of their efforts,” he said, “is a building that works beautifully for patients, families and staff, and is a great community asset.”Conceived of by a patient nearly 30 years ago, the Planetree model of delivering care is one that prioritizes patient comfort, dignity, empowerment and well-being. Valley View aligned its operations with the philosophy six years ago, and today is one of over 100 hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient clinics that comprise the Planetree Membership Network.

The Center for Health Design (CHD), dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare through building architecture and design, also honored the vision driving Valley View’s new building this fall. Members of the hospital staff traveled to Chicago last weekend to accept the organization’s Discovery Award.According to CHD, the award recognizes facilities designed to create positive experiences for the patients, as well as to provide an example for hospitals to follow. Focused on facilities which transform healthcare settings into healing environments, the center promotes the use of evidence-based design to contribute to health and improve outcomes.

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