President’s Message

Kiristin Ellingsen

2021 President, AAHID
Facilities Space Planner
City of Hope National Medical Center
Duarte, CA

December 2021

Dear Fellow CHID Certificants, Industry Partners and Colleagues,

It has been an honor to serve as president of AAHID and to work with such a hardworking group of talented and individuals. I look forward to supporting our new President, Teri Lura Bennett in the coming year. You’ll be in good hands!

2021 was an exciting, yet challenging year in healthcare yet we still found ways to connect and support each other. AAHID has made many changes throughout the year. Starting with our Community Connection Series, our logo redesign, website redesign, and the ability to be together at Healthcare Design in Cleveland, Ohio! We connected. We inspired. We celebrated. We grew. We learned. We remain a community of passionate healthcare interior designers from all over the country, dedicated to advancing healthcare design for patients, residents, families and staff.

Building awareness and strengthening relationships

AAHID continued a campaign of visibility and value. CHIDs were front and center at HCD and CHIDs energetically advocated for the importance of certification in 2021. In October, we got the band back together during the Healthcare Design Conference and Expo to network with our colleagues, learn about the latest industry happenings, and to celebrate each other. The Durable Coated Task Force presented their session to a packed room, as usual. AAHID industry partners were especially important to this gathering. Thanks to their generosity, networking efforts, and collaborative participation, industry partners opened doors to new opportunities and introduction to new certificants.

A special thank you to the following Industry Partners for their continued support during our “Getting the Band Back Together” Annual Meeting and Reception at Healthcare Design in Cleveland, OH!

As AAHID looks toward the future, we remain relevant and influential. Your contribution to this effort is important. If you are not already part of the AAHID LinkedIn page, we encourage you to follow our page here

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Kiristin Ellingsen

2021 President, AAHID
Facilities Space Planner
City of Hope National Medical Center
Duarte, CA