Penrose, RTA, GE Johnson earn Vista award for design

Penrose Hospital, Vista award for design, with RTA and GE Johnson.

Penrose Hospital, Vista award for design, with RTA and GE Johnson.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, RTA Architects and GE Johnson Construction Company received the American Society of Healthcare Engineering 2014 Vista Award for the team’s renovation of the emergency department at Penrose Hospital.

The Vista award will be presented in March at the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction. The award recognizes the importance of working together to optimize the health care physical environment, according to a news release sent by the hospital.

“This challenging initiative has generated a superb response from the Colorado Springs community,” Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, said in a news release.

“It could only have been accomplished with the unwavering teamwork demonstrated among hospital staff, design team, and contractors.”

Renovation of the Penrose Level II Trauma emergency department was driven by caregivers, facility engineers, design professionals, construction professionals and jurisdictional authorities.

An integrated approach was used to bring all parties and stakeholders into the process at the onset of design, as the team set out to deliver a project as quickly as possible, with no “swing space.”

For six years, Penrose Hospital has ranked as one of HealthGrade America’s 50 Best Hospitals. The Penrose Level II Trauma/emergency department treats more than 40,000 patients a year.