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Changemaker Award

Given annually by The Center for Health Design at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, the award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has a broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.

Award Information

Criteria: Individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to make change happen in how healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has had a broad impact.

Eligible Nominees: Nominees can be, but are not limited to, design professionals, design firms, product manufacturers, healthcare professionals (including practitioners), healthcare institutions, healthcare facility owners, researchers, educators, authors, consultants, associations, association leaders, etc.

To apply for the 2018 Changemaker Award, click here.

2017 Changemaker Award Recipient Interweaves Practitioner and Academic Life 

Mardelle Shepley, FAIA, EDAC, FACHA, LEED AP BD+C, has been named the 2017 Changemaker Award recipient.  A strong advocate and practitioner for incorporating research into projects, Dr. Shepley's teachings and practice illustrate how to tie hypothesis to design goals with the end result demonstrating the relationship between an objective and an outcome. She advocates that research is equal parts art and science, demonstrating how study hypotheses are directly related to design goals by illustrating the relationship between an objective and an outcome. As a result, her research is characterized by its translational content, generating data that can be directly applied to built projects. 

Dr Shepley officially accepted the award, November 13 at the 2017 Healthcare Design Expo  & Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The Changemaker Award Sponsor since 1999:


Past honorees include:

2016: Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, EDAC, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN  and
D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC

2015: Roger Ulrich, PhD, EDAC, guest professor of Architecture at the Center for Healthcare Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden

2014Avein Saaty-Tafoya, MD, MBA, HCM, EDAC, Chief Executive Officer, Adelante Healthcare 

2013: MASS Design Group, Boston, MA

2012: Derek Parker, FAIA, RIBA, FACHA, Vice Chair Laguna Honda Hospital, Board Member Marin General Hospital, Co-Founder and Chair for The Medicapower Corporation, Senior Advisor for Aditazz

2011: John Kouletsis, AIA, EDAC, Vice President, Facilities Planning, National Facilities Services, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

2010: Cheryl Herbert, former President of Dublin Methodist Hospital, now Senior Vice President, Clinical Support Services for OhioHealth

2009Eileen B. Malone, RN, MSN, EDAC, Colonel (Retired), United States Army

2008Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS

2007Bev Johnson, President, Institute for Family-Centered Care

2006: Frank J. Sardone, ACHE, Bronson Healthcare

2005: Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Guenther5 Architects

2004: Russell C. Coile, Jr., MBA

2003: Ann Hendrich, RN, MSN, Ascension Health

2002: Cynthia A. Leibrock, ASID, Hon. IIDA, Easy Access

2001: William H. Thomas, M.D., Eden Alternative

2000: Leland R. Kaiser, Ph.D.

1999: Robin Orr, MPH