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The Center for Health Design

Lifetime Achievement and Changemaker Awards to be
Given at Environments for Aging Conference

Concord, CA – Two special awards will be given at this year’s Environments for Aging Conference; the Changemaker Award to Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, CHID, ACHA, AAHID LEED® AP BC+D, Green Globes CIEB Assessor, principal/ founder of JSR Associates, Inc. and the Lifetime Achievement Award to Elizabeth, (Betsy) C. Brawley, AAHID, IIDA, CID, president of Design Concepts Unlimited. 

The Changemaker Award is given to those who have demonstrated an exceptional ability to make change happen in how healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has had broad impact throughout the industry. As a champion for a widespread global cultural shift toward de-institutionalized senior living facilities, Jane Rohde is an inspirational leader who utilizes evidence-based design approaches to inform her global outreach. For over 25 years, Jane has improved the lives of our elders through education and presentations geared not only to students, but also to peers, regulators, and care providers on senior living trends, programming and design.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to recognize the contributions of an individual over their entire career. With more than thirty years experience as a designer and consultant for healthcare projects nationwide, Betsy Brawley brings projects to life using her wealth of personal experience and knowledge to bring an awareness to her clients, that translates to interactive, dynamic team projects.  The end result is creating environments that enhance the lives of people in CCRC's, assisted living, skilled nursing, adult day health care, and Alzheimer's special care settings. As an expert in environmental design for aging, Betsy has also authored two books, Design Innovations for Aging and Alzheimer’s – Creating Caring Environments (2006) and was awarded the 1998 Polsky Prize for outstanding contributions to research in environments for Designing for Alzheimer’s Disease: Strategies for Creating Better Care Environments.

“Both of these exceptional women were chosen because of their visionary and practical approaches to shape the future of designing for our elder population”, stated Debra Levin, EDAC, president and CEO of The Center for Health Design. “Jane’s accomplishments include championing a new generation of resident-centered elder care communities throughout the world, including the first such model for elders in Hangzhou, China and the first Eden AlternativeTM (de- institutionalized, non-hierarchical, resident-driven) nursing home in Tennessee.” And Betsy’s creative environmental adaptations and inspired approaches allow her to connect meaningfully with residents, architects and contractors to enhance the lives of those living in senior healthcare facilities. It is her passion for exploring innovative design solutions, that has provided a better support system for many individuals as they age.”

The Environments for Aging Conference will be at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel from April 19 – 21, 2015. A comprehensive event that offers the latest strategies and ideas for creating attractive and functional living environments that meet the needs of our aging population, this three-day learning experience provides networking opportunities and the latest innovations and best practices in the design of long-term and residential care settings.  

Both Jane and Betsy will officially accept their awards at a luncheon on Sunday, April 19, 2015 and Jane will be a keynote speaker later that same day.

About The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design (CHD) is a nonprofit organization that engages and supports professionals and organizations in the healthcare and design industry to improve the quality of healthcare facilities and create new environments for healthy aging. CHD’s mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education, and advocacy. For more information, visit

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