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Distinguish Yourself

Enhance your professional credibility by earning the CHID credential. Fall 2019 application deadline is July 15, 2019. Apply today!

Supplement your studies with the new CHID e-Learning Series

Produced and presented by CHIDs

This comprehensive body of knowledge helps you prepare for the CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® exam. Developed by CHIDs, the e-Learning series consists of 3 modules covering content areas on the exam: Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, and Residential Healthcare Facilities. Modules may be purchased as a series or individually.

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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.

  • Lilliana Alvarado

    “Lilliana was a savior for our latest project in Atlanta. Our company had been struggling for years with all aspects of the interior design of our communities.  She joined our team late in the process with construction well underway. Lilliana immediately went into action and pulled together all aspects of the design including flooring, wall coverings, art, proper painting and accent colors as well as accessories and icons which are so crucial in the daily care and well being of our residents. Most importantly she made sure we did not continue to make the same mistakes of the past. Everyone who has seen our Atlanta community is frankly in awe of the design. I would give Lilliana my highest recommendation.

    Kevin A. DiBona
    Chairman & CEO, The Memory Center


    Lilliana’s attention to detail is outstanding. She carefully researched the impact of color on healing in psychiatric settings and chose color schemes that were truly transformative. She designed homelike features such as “integrated beds” that mimic a sleigh bed for patient comfort. She creatively used millwork for shelving in patient rooms, for flexible and durable entertainment centers, and in creating seating arrangements for maximum comfort and privacy. As part of her work on the above projects, Lilliana researched furniture specifications for psychiatric facilities to help us select products that are safe, durable and comfortable.”

    Gerri Cote, LICSW
    Vice President of Operations, Brattleboro Retreat


    “Lilliana took the time initially to truly understand our vision of what we wanted the patient experience to be, and how we hoped they, their friends and family, would “feel” as they are in our facility. Our ultimate hope was that our hospital did not have an institutional feel. We stated we wanted the unit to feel like a high-end hotel that just happened to provide medical care, without spending a fortune to do it. According to our own assessment, and the evidence collected through both anecdote and responses from our formal patient satisfaction surveys, we’ve accomplished this goal, in no small way thanks to Lilliana’s execution of our vision. She succeeded in using natural tones and materials, and a neutral palette to allow the space to remain contemporary while “fitting” with the rural elements of our community.”

    Michael D. Peterson, FACHE
    Chief Administrative Officer, Sebasticook Valley Health


    “Lilliana develops interior design plans working closely with the deign team, and does a great job listening to, educating, and incorporating staff and end user suggestions into a comprehensive design ideally suited for the function of the space. In addition, she has been able to successfully balance our request to incorporate organization standards while creating exciting, vibrant, healing environments for our patients. Lilliana’s collaborative and open design process, coupled with her experience and level of research has produced excellent healing environments within our organization. Patients, visitors and staff have overwhelmingly offered positive comments on our newly renovated spaces.”

    Domenic J. Ciavarro
    Vice President of Facilities, Concord Hospital

    Lilliana Alvarado
  • John DuBard

    What I love about Interior Design is the capacity of the built environment to shape perception and behavior. That is the ability to positively influence the human condition.

    What I love about my practice in Healthcare Interior Design is that through providing relief to the requirements of caregivers in their routines, in shaping perceptions to alleviate concerns of visitors as to the wellbeing of their loved ones and by addressing patient comfort, dignity and recovery, I provide services that enhance basic human needs for the greater good of mankind.

    AAHID in its mission, positions CHID credentialed professionals to better serve society.

    John DuBard
  • Libby Laguta

    The reason I pursued the CHID exam was to have tangible evidence confirming my knowledge of healthcare and hospitals. It’s one thing to say that I’ve spent 30 years inside a hospital and have worked with over 70 different departments within the hospital, but it’s another to have my clients write letters on my behalf and endorse my efforts! It has served me well, especially when a potential client asks what I had to do to achieve those letters beside my name.

    If a designer is interested in standing out their career, I suggest taking the exam.

    Libby Laguta