In partnership with Healthcare Design magazine, the Center for Health Design Design administers the annual Healthcare Environment Awards. These awards recognize how design can improve safety, enhance experiences, increase organizational efficiency and improve any number of outcomes.
The William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, was awarded top honors in the Acute Care category of the 2021 Healthcare Environment Awards. In partnership with Callison RTKL, Hoefer Welker designed the final phase of the Clements University Hospital, which opened in January 2021. This project significantly expanded UT Southwestern Medical Center’s clinical, teaching and research capabilities and concludes a 10-year, multi-phased building program consisting of 2 million square feet, 750 beds, a materials management facility, a central utility plant, and four parking spaces garages, and an elevated connector linking campus facilities. Its foundational premise was that the hospital should be considered a care team member, and every aspect should be designed to enhance the patient’s care and experience.
Over 600 participants within 14 committees were engaged in the design process. Committees authored peer-reviewed white papers and established guiding principles, program, scope, schedule, and budget in conjunction with the architectural design team.