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Use your CHID to advance healthcare interior design!

Board Nominations are NOW Being Accepted
Review the requirements to become a volunteer leader! Nominations deadline is September 15, 2017.

Recognizing excellence, commitment, and knowledge

Whether you’re a healthcare interior designer looking to boost your professional credibility and help advance the field; or someone looking for a highly qualified healthcare interior designer to join your team, you’ve come to the right place. AAHID’s Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) credential recognizes excellence, commitment, and knowledge of this complex discipline.

Committed to creating the best environments for healthcare delivery, Certified Healthcare Interior Designers are the most qualified to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of patients, residents, and staff in hospitals, clinics, and residential care facilities.

Our partners are industry leaders

We value partners who transform the healthcare environment into one for healing, improving outcomes and maximizing efficiency.

  • Virginia Lane Hill
    John Tagliareni
    Healthcare Executive

    Virginia is a very reliable and creative consultant able to interpret complex client needs and find elegant solutions of lasting value. She is a pleasure to work with and understands the various issues associated with healthcare interior design.

    Debbie Lewandowski RN,BSN,MBA
    Leadership at University of Virginia (UVA) Emily Couric Cancer Center

    Virginia has brought to a hospital system, a design that works for both the patients as well as a visual effect. She is professional to work with & understands the needs of her clients.

    Mark Libratore
    President/CEO Liberator Medical Holdings, Inc.

    Virginia did a remarkable job on our new 25,000 sq. ft. facility here in Stuart. Her keen sense of design has won numerous compliments from all our visitors over the last year.

    Ken Lebron
    Officer/owner at The Caribeño Architectural Group

    I would like to take this moment to highly recommend Virginia for her high level of professionalism and work ethic as the President at Interior Solutions Inc. She is extremely thorough in anything we have asked her to do and her quality of work is impeccable.

    We have been very fortunate to work with Virginia on a few different projects and she and her team at Interior Solutions have done an outstanding job in all aspects of Interior Design and Project Management. She has always met her schedules and is a pleasure to work with.

    We at CAG, have had the opportunity to develop a great business relationship with Virginia and look forward to continuing to work together with her on many future endeavors.

    Virginia Lane Hill
    AAHID, IIDA, IDAF
  • Kristin Ellingsen

    When I went for my CHID credential in 2008, the economy was changing. Some design markets were drying up; designers who were great commercial or hospitality designers were moving over into healthcare, and not always successfully. I got my CHID credential to set myself apart from these groups; it’s the work I love to do and feeds my brain with its evolution of change. It just gets better. Having the credential makes clear my area of expertise; I have been contacted numerous time because of potential clients are also more aware of the difference.

    If healthcare is where you want to go with your design career, doors will open for you when you have AAHID behind you and the CHID credential in your hand.

    Kristin Ellingsen
    CHID, IIDA, EDAC
  • Melinda P. Avila-Torio

    I was inspired to sit for the AAHID exam by my mentor, Elizabeth Brawley.  Betsy is a nationally recognized Interior Designer and Researcher specializing in Built Environments for those with Alzheimer’s. After already having been in the design profession for 10 years, I joined THW Design 16 years ago after finally listening to my passion of designing environments for our senior community. I have taken other certification exams, but to become CHID – Board Certified meant more to me because it meant pushing my knowledge base NOT only in the Senior Healthcare industry but also in other healthcare delivery components. In the end, all these various healthcare services are interrelated. Preparing for the AAHID exam was intense but very beneficial. It has proven to be one of the best moves and testament to my passion of being a Healthcare Interior Designer. The value of now having been Board Certified means clients can be more confident that the discussion I help our team be a part of is solid and credible.

     

    Melinda P. Avila-Torio
    RID, CHID, CASP, LEED AP