Game-Changing Products at Healthcare Design Conference

On Monday, I was pleased to have presented both the Healthcare Environment Awards and the Nightingale Awards at the beginning of the general session at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego. The Healthcare Environment Awards winners for interior projects are seen in our October issue here, and the Nightingale Awards winners are listed here.

The Nightingale Awards are sponsored by Contract magazine in conjunction with Healthcare Design Conference, The Center for Health Design, and Vendome Group. The awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing. The judging criteria includes the product’s contribution to a healing environment, functionality, quality and durability, aesthetics and style, pricing, and innovation.

The Nightingale Awards jury selected one healthcare furniture collection as the Best of Competition: the Palisade Collection designed by Jess Sorel for Nemschoff, a Herman Miller company. This collection is game-changing. We all know that healthcare interiors can appear to be institutional. But, coupled with excellent healthcare architecture and interior design, the Palisade Collection thoughtfully makes a patient’s room to feel a bit more like home. And, importantly, Sorel’s collection addresses the patent room’s needs to accommodate a patient’s visiting family and friends, who are key to a patient’s heeling. Multiple furniture pieces are designed to allow the patient room to be a bit more home-like.

Palisades Collections includes a day sofa that doubles as a bed for visitors to sleep. Its utility arm with power, USB, and lighting, as well as a separate daystand piece, allow for a visitor to also read or get some work done as well.

The jury chose wisely in selecting the Palisade Collection as the Best of Competition.


Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki (left) and designer Jess Sorel at the Herman Miller space at the Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego. The Palisade Collection designed by Sorel for Nemschoff. a Herman Miller company, won the Nightingale Awards Best of Competition.


The Palisade Collection includes a number of pieces to make hospital rooms more hospitable for both patients and their visiting friends and family too.




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