College of Design apparel students Linsey Gordon and Silvia Guttmann were awarded first place, and a $25,000 Fellowship Grant, by the Park Nicollet Foundation, during the "Project Better Gown" competition over the weekend. Thirty-seven students from five college design programs around the United States competed to create a new hospital gown that puts the needs of the patient first and foremost, while still meeting the medical needs of doctors and nurses. Gordon and Guttman's dark teal hospital gown with neon green trim also received the People's Choice Award Saturday night.
"We approached the process of redesigning the hospital gown with sensitivity and humility because of how important the gown is to a patients' recovery, both in terms of functionality and comfort," said apparel grad student Linsey Gordon. "Knowing that a patients' comfort within their clothing and environment plays a crucial role in recovery was a central theme in solving a design problem that has plagued the medical community for decades. We tried our best to create a gown that modestly covers the patient, is easy to use for hospital staff and patients, fits within the current laundering and manufacturing methods, and improves aesthetic response. Winning this competition is a true honor and we feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to better the patient experience at Park Nicollet, and hopefully at hospitals across the country."
The top nine finalists presented their gowns during a live runway show at the Park Nicollet Foundation Celebration for Life Gala this past Saturday, October 29, where the winners were announced. The Gordon/Guttmann design was also featured on WCCO (CBS 4) last week.
"We believe by creating a better hospital gown will create a better experience for our patients," said Christa Getchell, President, Park Nicollet Foundation. "Each gown was so unique and it was an absolute gift that these college students gave us."