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Webinar: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Continuum of Mental Health Care

When: July 29, 2021
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available*

CEU forms available for download during webinar


The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children's Hospital demonstrates a unique and important commitment to comprehensive pediatric behavioral health care. The new building features high caliber architecture and state-of-the-art medical services for which Nationwide Children’s Hospital is known.

This webinar will share the path of this remarkable project from strategic planning through occupancy, with discussion of how the building’s siting and design breaks down the stigma associated with pediatric mental illness.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how Nationwide Children's Hospital Behavioral Healthcare Pavilion exemplifies the continuum of care through design.
  • Understand the value of early pediatric behavioral healthcare diagnosis and treatment.
  • Recognize how the new building’s design defies stigma.
  • Understand how Nationwide's care approach and design represents the highest commitment to children's mental health recovery.


Presenting Faculty

Ed Cheshire 
Architect Senior Project Manager 
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Ed Cheshire is a graduate of Ohio State University and an architect at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Over the past 15 years, he has helped facilitate the physical growth of NCH from a regional hub to one of the largest pediatric medical campuses in the nation. Ed managed the 2012 Backfill project, which renovated more than 362,000 square feet of the hospital’s main campus. He is proud to have established a successful construction program that provides a “housing vaccine” as part of the hospital’s population health initiatives. He led the design and construction of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion and continues to advocate for children facing mental health challenges. Ed enjoys being an amateur celloist and woodworker. He also serves as chairman of his local Keep America Beautiful affiliate.

Valerie Bok, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

Valerie has been programming, planning, and designing healthcare projects since joining architecture+ in 1984, and to date has planned over 30 mental health facilities throughout the US. She is a strong advocate of environmental and sustainable design, and believes that many of these goals are synchronous with patient and staff wellness. Valerie has been promoting and incorporating designs utilizing natural light, views and access to nature, good acoustical performance, thermal comfort and control for her entire career. She finds one of the most gratifying aspects of her work on psychiatric facilities has been the ability to help improve the lives of those who are affected by mental illness. She believes that creating normative, safe and beautiful spaces both promotes patient healing, and helps reduce stigma associated with the mentally ill.

Edwin Beltran, FIIDA, NCIDQ, Assoc. AIA
Design Principal

As a design leader within NBBJ’s interior architecture and design practice, Edwin Beltran has helped develop one of the nation’s most admired healthcare design practices and led some of the firm’s most notable and award-winning healthcare interiors. Influenced by his training as an architect and keen sensibilities for interior design, Edwin’s approach to design translates client goals into comprehensive, conceptual frameworks in which form, function, space, light, color, materials, fabrication techniques, and human experience are thoughtfully choreographed to embody the unique “ethos” of each institution and holistically resolved into beautiful places carefully tailored to hospitably host life.

A strong advocate for integrated design excellence, Edwin’s multidisciplinary approach consistently promotes a close and collaborative relationship between the project team, client, and consultants in order to assure a unified and cohesive design vision and overall project quality. In his more than 24 years of design experience, he has also worked nationally and internationally on large mixed-use buildings and institutional campuses, as well as commercial and hospitality interiors. His design work has been recognized with multiple AIA and IIDA Honor awards and featured in national and international publications such as Architectural Record, Interior Design, Contract, Metropolis, Healthcare Design, and Fast Company.

Alisa Pinciotti, NCDIQ 
Senior Project Manager, Interior Design and Enhancements
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

As a senior project manager for one of the nation’s largest pediatric hospitals, Alisa Pinciotti holds a multidimensional position coordinating administration, design consultants, project managers and vendors to establish and maintain the visual brand aesthetic of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio. Specializing in healthcare design for over 25 years, she is an advocate of integrated experiential design, directing the architectural finishes, furniture, wayfinding and signage, digital signage, donor recognition, artwork and experience enhancements. Family Centered Care and the art of distraction are some of the key initiatives that distinguish NCH aesthetics from other healthcare projects.