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Hospice receives design award

ALBANY — Willson Hospice House, a 34,000 square-foot facility located adjacent to Darton College, was recently recognized at the Health Design 11 Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

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

Willson Hospice House was chosen as the winner in the Long-Term Care/Assisted Living category, a press release from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital said Tuesday.

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, the partnership between designer and client and client feedback.

This is one of several recognitions the hospice house has received since its opening last year, including acknowledgment as The Caritas Project’s 2011 Place to Flourish.

Willson Hospice is home to Albany Community Hospice, an organization that provides palliative care to patients in Southwest Georgia with limited life expectancy.