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Insights and Innovations in Children’s Hospital Design

When: March 20, 2024
Time: 8:15am Pacific
Where: PDC Summit, San Diego, California United States


The Center for Health Design has joined with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) as a strategic educational collaborator and Supporting Organization for the annual PDC Summit.

At this year’s Summit The Center will produce and present a pre-conference evidence-based design workshop and a 12-session educational track – Research, Design and Outcomes – featuring recent work from The Center’s research team; Aging, Behavioral Health, Pediatric and Built Environment Networks; the HERD Journal, AAHID and other familiar and new healthcare design industry leaders. 

You’ll find these sessions here on the PDC Summit website – click on the Category drop-down menu and select The Center for Health Design Sessions.


Health facility design is continually evolving to create new and better environments that prioritize the well-being of children, families, and healthcare providers. For the past two years, a group of leaders in the pediatric environment have been working diligently on a mission to dive deeply into issues that will help advance children’s hospital environments. 

This session will highlight what the Pediatric Environment Network (PEN) members have identified as some of the most pressing issues impacting current and future children’s hospital design. Organized by The Center for Health Design, this network includes select leaders from top children’s hospitals, architect/design firms and health industry professionals. 

In this interactive session, a panel of PEN members will unveil some of the top issues and strategies for improving pediatric health facility design, based on the work of this multi-disciplinary, environment-focused network. 












Exclusive Offer for All Affiliate Members

All Center for Health Design Affiliate members receive a $200 discount on 2024 PDC Summit registration. Contact us for discount code and more information.



Learning Objectives

  • Describe current issues that children’s hospitals are navigating to improve the environment.
  • Explore examples of best practices and what children’s hospitals are doing to keep pace with emerging and future facility needs.
  • Explore a list of little things that matter in the design of pediatric health environments.
  • Understand the nuances of pediatric patient age ranges and their implications for design to meet better health and experience outcomes. 


Presenting Faculty

Judy Smith, MHA

Pediatric Environment Network (PEN), The Center for Health Design




Sue Ellen Donahoe

Director Facility Planning & Space Management
Boston Children's Hospital




Christina Grimes, ACHA, AIA+LEED BD+C

Health+Practice Leader




Keith Richardson

Director of Performance Markets