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Willson Hospice House Receives National Award in Healthcare Facility Design

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ALBANY, Ga. – Willson Hospice House, a new 34,000 square-foot LEED Silver facility, was recently recognized at the Health Design 11 Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Recognizing excellence in healthcare facility design, an annual awards program co-sponsored by The Center for Health Design, Contract magazine, and Healthcare Design.11 identified seven standout projects this year, in the categories of Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Long-Term Care/Assisted Living and Student concepts.

A jury of architecture and design professionals selected three winners and four honorable mentions. The judges evaluated the entries on visuals, response to the program statement, partnership between designer and client, and client feedback.

Willson Hospice House was chosen as the winner in the Long-Term Care/Assisted Living category.

This is one of several recognitions Willson Hospice House has received since its opening in June 2010. In September, Willson Hospice was named The Caritas Project’s 2011 Place to Flourish.

The Caritas Project is a global enterprise committed to the creation of transformational environments that enhance human health.

In May, it was announced that the Willson Hospice House was awarded LEED Silver certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

In recognition of its environmental stewardship, including a Natural Resource Management Plan detailing measures to prevent erosion and stormwater pollution and to conserve water, Audubon International in 2010 named Willson a Silver Signature Sanctuary, the first and only healthcare facility to earn that designation.

Willson Hospice houses administrative space for 50 travelling homecare staff, as well as 18 new inpatient beds.

The 39,000-square-foot Hospice House is the home for Albany Community Hospice, an organization that provides palliative care to patients in Southwest Georgia with limited life expectancy.

Hospice focuses on end-of-life as a normal part of the process of living and provides special emphasis on maintaining quality of remaining life for terminal patients and their families. The facility at 320 Foundation Lane provides patients and their families a peaceful, home-like setting where personal dignity and quality of life are emphasized.

Willson Hospice was modeled from its inception to protect and take full advantage of its natural setting. A one-mile walking trail loops the site perimeter, connecting the front courtyard, family gardens, and outdoor chapel with boardwalks and a viewing platform at the bird sanctuary.  Project development was restricted to only 14 acres, leaving 93.5% of the site unspoiled.

The inpatient facility, built by Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, targeted Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification to protect and enhance the construction site’s natural resources from beginning of construction throughout the lifetime of the property.

The award-winning Willson Hospice House was designed by Perkins + Will..

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