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CIBC Breast Assessement Centre wins International Future Health Design Award

Up against projects with construction values in the hundreds of millions, the $5-million, 1,100-square-foot CIBC Breast Assessment Centre won the International Future Health Design Award at the 8th Design & Health World Congress and Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects for Hamilton Health Sciences for the Juravinski Hospital site, the Centre responds to the changing role of the hospital within the wider health system and the community; it was lauded as a prototype for community-centred care that could be applied universally.

Medical research has shown how sensory design improves the rate of successful patient recoveries. Based on the principles of salutogenesis, the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre is the first in North America that follows what is becoming an international trend in wellness centres that concurrently emphasize emotional and physical health. The centre exemplifies the union of environment, humanity and sustainability to reduce anxiety in a holistic manner: through physical integration with the city and the existing hospital, and its programming – community activity and education. Water, natural light and landscape work with the health centre’s interior design to create an oasis-like dignified environment for arrival and waiting. The atmosphere ensures positive stimulation for women receiving preventative and diagnostic services. This salutogenic vision for healthy environments anticipates socioeconomic challenges of the future.

With an anticipated opening of Summer 2014, the Centre will be located at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, occupying the former Henderson Hospital Emergency Department site.