ASHE recognizes teamwork and communication in developing innovative health care spaces

May 11, 2021 

CHICAGO – Every year, the Vista Awards aim to highlight professionals who are at the forefront of health care 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 health care environments; demonstrate effective and efficient communication; and rely on data-based decision-making processes.

This year, ASHE congratulates the 2021 Vista Award winner to the team at New Parkland Hospital, Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, Texas.

Rarely do massive health care 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 health care 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 health care 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 health care environments. This winning team has exemplified outstanding teamwork in all stages of their health care project, from preplanning to the final reveal.

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About ASHE
ASHE is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association. More than 12,500 members rely on ASHE as a critical source of professional development, information and advocacy, including representation on key issues that affect their work in the health care physical environment. For more information about ASHE, contact 312-422-3800 or visit