Reasons To Celebrate – HCD Magazine


Debra LevinOn the finish of each and every Healthcare Design Convention + Expo, I've the similar idea: “This used to be our absolute best 12 months ever.” The 2022 match in San Antonio used to be no exception, and I’m no longer by myself in my sentiments. Within the days following, I noticed numerous social media posts echoing the similar reaction.

This 12 months felt further particular for plenty of causes. Regardless that we had been in a position to assemble in combination closing 12 months in Cleveland, we had been fewer, and other people had been nonetheless being very wary. There have been extra fist bumps than hugs, and plenty of pals and co-workers I noticed best from the eyes up.

From day considered one of this 12 months’s convention, the power used to be tangible. Folks had been excited to be in combination to be told and have a good time our accomplishments as a group. And have a good time we did.

There used to be a packed space when A. Ray Pentecost III, director of The Middle for Well being Methods and Design, used to be commemorated with The Middle’s 2022 Changemaker Award. Ray used to be known for the worldwide have an effect on he’s had in converting how the structure occupation, healthcare suppliers, and academia consider design—from a focal point on healthcare to a focal point on design for well being.

Right through his inspiring acceptance speech, Ray shared the genesis of his well-known “By no means higher!” greeting when requested how he’s doing. (It comes from a adolescence Bible music that helped him perceive he’s doing just a little higher on a daily basis than he used to be the day ahead of.) This used to be adopted through an interesting dialog between Ray and two of his long-time colleagues and pals, William Hercules, CEO at WJH Well being, and Kirk Hamilton, PhD, professor emeritus at Texas A&M College. Their tales and anecdotes gave us perception into Ray’s illustrious profession and deep analysis dedication.

The Middle additionally takes a chance on the HCD Convention to acknowledge and have a good time the unbelievable paintings finished through our business to additional our shared pursuit of making improvements to healthcare environments. Our annual Touchstone Awards have a good time exemplary use of an evidence-based design (EBD) procedure within the constructed setting thru initiatives and merchandise that show outstanding achievements around the 3 touchstones of the EBD procedure: collaboration, analysis, and sharing. This 12 months, a report 19 Touchstone Awards had been earned in a category of awardees extra various than any prior to now, with initiatives and merchandise in acute care, behavioral well being, wellness, and emergency care.

Seven further initiatives had been known with Healthcare Surroundings Awards. Those awards, given in partnership with Healthcare Design mag, acknowledge how design can strengthen protection, support reports, building up organizational potency, and strengthen results. Along with the pro awards, 4 got to scholars for his or her cutting edge and forward-thinking design answers.
Excellence in product design used to be additionally known with the Nightingale Awards, in partnership with the HCD Expo and Healthcare Design mag. This 12 months, 19 merchandise won awards in 13 classes, with the Highest of Pageant Award going to Zippsafe for an cutting edge and space-saving resolution for worker lockers.

We inspire you to consider getting into your paintings in this kind of systems within the coming 12 months. (An entire listing of awardees, together with previous awards, photographs, and undertaking descriptions, can also be discovered on The Middle’s site at

Wishing you the entire happiest of vacation seasons and the entire absolute best within the new 12 months. I’m having a look ahead to the good things we’ll do in combination and celebrating them subsequent 12 months in New Orleans.

Debra Levin is president and CEO of The Middle for Well being Design. She can also be reached at