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A few weeks ago, the Healthcare Design Showcase issue came in the mail.  It sat on my desk along with all the other magazines I haven't had time to read this summer.

But I picked it up the other day and was reminded why I like this annual issue.

The juried projects selected for publication in the Showcase are the best hospitals, clinics, and outpatient facilities that have been designed in the past few years.

This year's crop of projects is smaller than in the past.  Not sure why, because according to Modern Healthcare's 2017 survey data, a healthy $51 billion worth of healthcare facilities were completed in 2016.

Still, besides being eye candy for healthcare designers, the Showcase offers a good overview of the latest healthcare design trends -- solutions that are not just for looks, but that can positively affect outcomes.

Here are 7 features in the selected projects that I found interesting:

  1. Sculptural headwall with integrated technology at UC San Diego Health Jacobs Medical Center. Designed by CannonDesign, it's a fresh solution to a standard element in a patient room. See it>>>
  2. Colorful, sculptural form of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli and FKP Architects, this exciting design shapes both the exterior and interior. See it>>>
  3. Wait. Play. Learn. areas in the Buerger Center. Colorful, oval-shaped portals are engaging and fun -- a new take on this type of space. See it>>>
  4. Dynamic materials and finishes in the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at ProHealth Care. Designed by CannonDesign, these change depending on the time of day and viewing angle. See it>>>
  5. Remote-controlled color-changing light fixtures over patient beds in the Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Louis. Designed by Christner, Inc., this is a great use of technology to provide distraction. See it>>>
  6. Garden floor at the New Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects and Perkins Eastman, what's neat about this is that the floor goes out over the roof of an adjacent garage. See it>>>
  7. Building-wide smart system in Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center. Designed by CO Architects, this technology puts patients in charge of their environment.  See it>>>

Top award-winning projects in the Showcase will be recognized at the Healthcare Design conference in November.

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