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Heart institute wins design award

The Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, which opened in March on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, has won the 2015 bronze design award from Modern Healthcare magazine, which praised its “visually stunning exterior” and “convenient” interior laid out to promote staff efficiency.

“California is a decade ahead of everyone in requiring value,” one judge said.

The judges found that the institute, designed by HOK Architects of Los Angeles, was built to be expandable and flexible to accommodate changes in technology.

The institute, named for local philanthropist Conrad Prebys, in honor of his $45 million donation, is home to the largest heart program in the San Diego region.

Fifty-eight entries were evaluated for overall design, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, flexibility, functional utility and response to family and patient needs. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in West Harrison, N.Y., and St. Charles Cancer Center in Bend, Ore., won the gold and silver awards.

Modern Healthcare said there was general agreement among the judges that all three winning entries "succeeded in melding the healing environment and value-based design concepts into projects that achieved smooth workflows, patient-centered amenities and stunning visuals.”

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