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FreemanWhite Receives Citation of Merit Award from Healthcare Design Magazine

Raleigh, NC, November 01, 2007 --( Ned Jennings, principal at FreemanWhite, an architectural, engineering, interior design and consulting services firm for healthcare organizations in the United States, has announced that the firm has received the Citation of Merit Award from Healthcare Design magazine for Pitt County Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Palliative Care Unit in Greenville, N.C. From the 196 healthcare projects submitted for the magazine’s Architectural issue, FreemanWhite’s work was one of the 5 percent that received the Citation of Merit.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital is a regional resource to over 1.3 million people across 29 counties. With FreemanWhite’s creation of the 1,265-square-foot Pediatric Palliative Care Unit, the medical center’s 122-bed Children’s Hospital now has a full complement of pediatric care. Children in palliative care are terminally ill. As such, palliative care programs address the needs of the whole child, with an additional emphasis on delivering specialized care with dignity, privacy and respect. In this palliative care design, the positive distractions and accompanying details involved every human sense from ceiling lights and a custom-designed fish tank to the sounds of running water and a real garden outside, where the child’s bed can be rolled outside for fresh air, warm sunshine, and a visit with a family pet.

“We are honored to receive the Citation of Merit Award from Healthcare Design magazine for Pitt County Memorial Hospital’s Pediatric Palliative Care Unit,” said Jennings. “This design was especially meaningful since the life of each child in palliative care is limited, thus ever more precious. We took special care to place the child as the design centerpiece to make them as comfortable as possible during their stay in the unit.”

About Pitt County Memorial Hospital:
Pitt County Memorial Hospital, one of four academic medical centers in North Carolina, is the flagship hospital for University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and serves as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Pitt Memorial is a regional resource for all levels of health services and information. The hospital is a tertiary referral center and provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient health services to more than 1.2 million people in 29 counties. In an average year the hospital serves, about 33,000 inpatients and more than 266,000 outpatients are treated in our facilities. More than 3,000 babies are born here in a typical year. Our clinical staff includes more than 500 physicians and 1,200 nurses. Pitt Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). For more information please visit

About FreemanWhite:
FreemanWhite provides architectural, engineering, interior design and consulting services for healthcare organizations in the United States. Founded in 1892, the firm has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C. and San Diego, Calif. and employs more than 200 professionals. The firm has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named the 2005 North Carolina AIA Firm of the Year, as well as the fifteenth largest healthcare firm in the United States in 2006 by Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information please visit or call 919-782-0699.

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