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Dartmouth-Hitchcock earns national hospital design honor

Union Leader Correspondent

March 26. 2014 10:08PM

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was honored last week for its innovative and modern hospital design.

The American College of Healthcare Architects named Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center one of two recipients of its inaugural Legacy Project Awards presented in Orlando, Fla., on March 18 at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers Planning, Design, and Construction Summit.

The Legacy Project Award is the first award of its kind, celebrating design innovation that endures throughout the life of a healthcare project.In giving the award, the American College of Healthcare Architects said Dartmouth Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years. For creating a family-friendly campus that maximizes daylight and nature views in a mall configuration that connects clinical care, research, and education.

The Boston-based, national design practice Shepley Bulfinch — which completed Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s 1.2 million square foot medical center in Lebanon in 1991 — was also honored at the awards. The initial 1991 construction created an integrated campus of clinical, academic and research facilities in a way that would make it flexible and adaptable over time.

“This is a place where great health care happens, but in a place that’s really warm and inviting, personal, and caring,” Susan Reeves, vice president at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, said in the announcement Tuesday. “That has been true from the day we opened until today. We still have patients and families walk in for the first time who say that it doesn’t feel at all like they’re coming into a medical center, and that’s the effect we wanted.”

The campus has since doubled in size through a series of projects, mostly by Shepley Bulfinch, that have added research, clinical and administrative space.

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