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Changemaker Award


​Do you know an individual or an organization that has made a difference in the world of healthcare facility design? If so, nominate them now for the 2017 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.

The recipient of this award will be announced at the 2017 Healthcare Design Expo  & Conference, November 11 - 14, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

Nominations for 2017 are now closed.


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

The 2016 Changemakers - 
Leading Industry Authors, Publishers, Evidence-Based Design Pioneers


Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNS, RN, EDAC, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN and D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC were named as the 2016 Changemaker award recipients by The Center for Health Design.Given annually 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 had broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design. 
Recognized as renowned thinkers, innovators, and longtime leaders in the healthcare design community, Kirk and Jaynelle co-founded and currently co-edit the Health Environments Research & Design, (HERD) journal.  HERD journal is a top international, inter-professional publication that provides students, researchers and design practitioners with peer-reviewed research and methodology papers, theory articles, case studies, and book reviews, focused on the effects of health environments and evidence-based design on patient, provider, and organizational outcomes.
Instrumental in defining the term “evidence-based design,” Kirk is a Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design and a Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University. He focuses his academic research on the relationship of evidence-based health facility design to measurable organizational performance. A board certified healthcare architect with 30 years of active practice and a founding principal emeritus of WHR Architects, Kirk has completed healthcare projects in 20 states and eight countries and is a past president of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) and the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. He has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Medal by the ACHA. He is one of only a few architect members of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. 

Kirk served on the board of The Center for Health Design and is the author of Rigor and Research in Healthcare Design: A Decade of Advocacy published by Herman Miller, the co-author, with David Watkins, FAIA, of Evidence-Based Design for Multiple Building Types, published by Wiley & Sons, and is the co-author, with Mardelle Shepley, D.Arch, FAIA, of Design for Critical Care: An Evidence-Based Approach, published by Architectural Press of Elsevier.

Acknowledged for her pioneering work as one of the nation’s first nurse consultants in the design of healthcare environments, Dr. Jaynelle (Jan) Stichler’s research focuses on the effect of the work environment, including facility design and leadership, on organizational performance and patient and provider outcomes. She is Professor Emerita of Nursing at San Diego State University, Consultant for Research and Professional Development for Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, and a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives. With extensive experience in the healthcare design industry and as a healthcare executive and nurse consultant, Jan has worked with hospitals, both nationally and internationally, in strategic planning, program development, and hospital and outpatient design. Dr. Stichler is a founding member of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, and champions nurse involvement in healthcare design.  She is known for her mentoring, teaching, and coaching nurses and other professionals in research, EBD, innovation, and writing for publication. During her work as a design consultant, she influenced several design innovations with design teams and encouraged measuring the effect of the design features on patient and provider experiences. She is the co-editor and author of Nurses as Leaders in Healthcare Design: A Resource for Nurses and Interprofessional partners published in 2015 by HermanMiller, and the author of over200 peer-reviewed articles in nursing and healthcare journals.  Dr. Stichler also authors a column on evidence-based health facility design for the Journal of Nursing Administration. She is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

“The educational impact that Kirk and Jan have had on our industry, both as separate professionals and as the co-founders and co-editors of the HERD journal, has provided so many with inspiration”, said Frank Weinberg, M.S., Board Chair, The Center for Health Design. “It is their dedication, vision and expertise that created this essential industry resource and makes both rigorous research from academic sources and applied research from practice, accessible. Our industry has become both more knowledgeable and more connected through the HERD journal - quite a remarkable feat. The journal provides a place where as a community, we can read, discuss and share healthcare innovations and design, using our key learnings to address daily challenges to improve patient outcomes, reduce errors, and enhance the work environments of healthcare professionals worldwide. It is this community that now wants to recognize and thank both Kirk and Jan with this award.”

Jan and Kirk officially accepted the Changemaker Award on Monday, November 14, 2016, at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, in Houston, Texas.