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The Nightingale Awards honor new healthcare and contract (non-residential) products that are exhibited at the HEALTHCARE DESIGN CONFERENCE + EXPO, October 5-8, 2024. The products entered were introduced to the U.S. market after November 1, 2023 and were not judged in previous Nightingale Awards. Presented by Healthcare Design magazine in partnership with Healthcare Design Conference + Expo, The Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing. 

This competition is open only to companies that are exhibitors during the HEALTHCARE DESIGN CONFERENCE + EXPO, October 5-8, 2024, at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis.  

No prototypes. Manufacturers must be able to ship/deliver/install products entered in the 2024 Nightingale Awards by April 1, 2025.

Entry Fees.  The regular competition fee is $595.00 per entry through August 23; and the late fee is $695.00 per entry August 24 through September 20. Payment is by credit card online through EMERALD's PayPal/Stripe account, as publisher of Healthcare Design

Each manufacturer/brand may enter as many products into the competition in as many categories as they wish. Any product may be entered in one or more categories as the product fits and products that cross categories may be entered into different categories, where they will be evaluated by different teams of jurors. There are 18 product categories.

If a product is entered into an additional category, an additional entry fee corresponding to the deadlines of Regular or Late must be paid and an additional digital entry must be completed. An entrant can duplicate an existing entry and use the drop-down menu to select the category.

To enter, each entrant must submit a completed entry form at https://nightingaleawards.secure-platform.com/a, which includes a product description, and responds to the criteria questions presented, not to exceed 200 words per criteria question. Up to three images of each product entered are to be submitted in low-resolution for digital review by the jury; and up to three high-resolution for the award-winners digital presentation on Monday morning, and for print use in Healthcare Design magazine. 

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Each entry must be the work or property of the Contest entrant/manufacturer. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted products and images are the property of the entrant, that the products and images do not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the products or images.


  3. CARPET 
  8. FURNITURE COLLECTIONS (non-seating)

Product Images for Jurors & Gallery of Entrants

Entrants will upload product images (minimum 3, maximum 7) to be viewed by the jurors when evaluating the entry. Image 1 posts to the Gallery of Entrants.

Image placeholders or the company logo may be used before final images are uploaded. Payment can be completed, and an entrant can still replace the images through September 20. If a manufacturer cannot comply with the images’ upload and entry completion date of September 20, then the entry should be withdrawn from the competition by the manufacturer. 

Image 1 for Judging Use & Gallery

•    Dimensions: MUST be 1080 x 1080 px (tile size for the Entrant Product Gallery)

•    File type: JPG

•    Image Name: Category_MfgName_ProductName

Images 2-7 for Judging Use

 •    Dimensions: 1080 px wide by 608 px to 1350 px high.

•    File type: JPG

•    Image Name: Category_MfgName_ProductName_Credit (if necessary)

Images for Winners' Presentation/Hero Shots

Provide three product images for the large-format Winners' presentation and for promotion on Healthcare Design.

Critical note: The dimensions for the next three images are larger than the previous images. Please resize accordingly. 

•    Dimensions: (minimum): 1920 px wide by 1200 px tall

•    File type: JPG

These Official Rules describe the manner in which the Contest will be conducted.  Please read these Official Rules carefully as they contain important information about how the Contest will be conducted, including eligibility to enter, deadline dates for entry, and rules regarding Contest submissions. 


The Contest begins JULY 1, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Contest closes SEPTEMBER 20, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

All entries must be received by the deadline; no extensions will be offered.  


Open to exhibitors at the HEALTHCARE DESIGN EXPO who are product manufacturers. All products must have been introduced to the market after the close of the November 2023 Nightingale Awards and HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference + Expo. Please complete a separate digital entry form for each category entered. 

Please go to https://nightingaleawards.secure-platform.com/a to enter, respond to criteria questions, upload your product submission photos and labels, and pay the entry fees.

Employees of Sponsor and each of its affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.


A qualified judging panel of healthcare interior designers and facilities executives not affiliated with the Sponsor will evaluate entries on the basis of the criteria:

Aesthetics & Innovation;

Built Environment Solution, Durability, Functionality & Quality; 

Contribution or Solution for Clinical or Operational Outcomes;

Industry Certifications & Standards;

Environmental Sustainability;

 and Pricing.

The judges will preview all entries digitally, will work in three or four teams, and will visit exhibit booths during exhibitor set-up hours on Sunday, Oct. 6th, 9:15 am – 12:30 pm to examine/judge the actual products and ask questions of the manufacturers. Because time for judging is limited, each exhibitor must designate one person prepared to guide jurors to the product and answer questions. This person MUST be available at your booth until judging is completed. A maximum of 12 minutes will be allowed (but not required) for product presentation.  The jury will evaluate and assign Gold, Silver, Innovation, Sustainability, and Best of Competition Awards. The decisions of the judges are final.

Judging Times on Sunday, October 6th, 2024:

9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.              ALL Booths           

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.               Juror Lunch & Finalist deliberation

1:45 p.m.-2:15  p.m.                  Finalists for Best of Competition Nightingale Award

Finalists are the three-to-four top-scoring products overall. We will call the cell phone of the presenter(s) to ask them to return to their booth. All juror teams and members will return to the expo floor to review the finalists. 


There are no monetary prizes. Selected winners are eligible for a Gold Award, Silver Award, Innovation Award, or Sustainability Award, and one will receive the overall Best of Competition Award. Winner signage will be distributed for use in the exhibitor booths, so exhibit attendees will know the product is a winner. A digital awards toolkit with logos in low-resolution and high-resolution will be delivered at the close of the Awards ceremony via e-mail to the person who completed the entry form and a provided marketing contact. The winner may digitally distribute the logos, post them to digital and printed product literature, to web sites, press releases, social media and any communications methods used to convey the product is a Nightingale award-winner. Winners will receive editorial coverage in the  January/February 2025 issue of Healthcare Design magazine, and online

The Nightingale Awards will be managed by Eileen McMorrow, Director, The Nightingale Awards (and The Best of NeoCon), on behalf of Healthcare Design magazine.

The Nightingale Awards competition’s team (directed by McMorrow) will answer questions posted to: nightingaleawards@gmail.com.

Phone calls to 973.509.5287

Nightingale Entrants should plan to attend The Nightingale Awards and Changemaker Keynote in the Ballroom TBA in the Indiana Convention Center on Mon. Oct. 7, 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Provide the name, title, cell no. of person attending the awards presentation on the entry form.


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The sponsor of The Nightingale Awards is EmeraldX, 31910 Del Obispo, Suite 200, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, publisher of Healthcare Design magazine.