Every year, the Vista Awards aim to highlight professionals who are at the forefront of healthcare design and construction innovation. The American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) firmly believes in recognizing teams who work together to develop and maintain safe, quality healthcare environments; demonstrate effective and efficient communication; and rely on data-based decision-making processes, association officials say.

This year, ASHE has named as the 2021 Vista Award winner the team at New Parkland Hospital, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas.

Rarely do massive healthcare projects with multiple partners come in on schedule and $30 million under budget, but that’s exactly what this team accomplished for the Parkland Health & Hospital System (PHHS) replacement hospital in Dallas. As a public safety net hospital, Parkland serves a unique low-resource population with substantial healthcare needs. Serving as the centerpiece for the advancement of public health in Dallas County, today Parkland Hospital serves over 1.5 million patients and employs over 10,000 people. It was funded through three avenues: a $747 million bond approved by voters in November 2008; $350 million from current and future operations; and $150 million from private donations.

The project team had an enormous responsibility to create a sound plan for the design and construction of this new healthcare campus to meet the needs of the community. That’s why it adopted a smart, methodical approach to the planning and construction, while also ensuring that the team members served as good stewards of resources, operating efficiently and staying within budget.

The Vista Awards are presented by ASHE. These specific awards recognize significant collaboration in creating optimal healthcare environments. According to ASHE, this winning team has exemplified outstanding teamwork in all stages of their healthcare project, from preplanning to the final reveal.