President’s Message

Teri Bennet

2022 President, AAHID
Johns Hopkins Health System - Facilities
Architecture + Planning, 1993-2020, recently retired
Baltimore, MD

December 2022
Dear CHID and Industry Partners,
 
Thank you for this opportunity to serve. It has been another incredible year!
 
Welcome to our 30 newest 2022 CHIDs! This year the following CHID exam candidates successfully achieved the CHID Certified Healthcare Interior Designer® credential; Alexandra Bonner, Bailey Ramaekers, Brenda Kochmann, Denise Cramer, Denise Luna-Heredia, Elizabeth Knowlton, Erin Fogarty, Eva Krueger, Gina Livingston-Smith, Jennifer Sheahan, Jessalyn Babcock, Jessica Massie, Jessica Vuocolo, Julie Knop, Karen Smith, Kristen Mara, Kristen Winkleman, Lauren Andrysiak, Lauren Houpt, Leslie Scoble, Mary Parker, Maria Bodanese, Melissa Dulisse, Melissa Lynch, Nichole Richard, Pete Agnew, Ryann Swalling, Sara Rapp, Stephanie Vancelette, and Victoria Numbers.
 
Well done! Welcome to this unique group of healthcare design experts. The total number of CHIDs now number 388!
 
Among CHIDs who have earned a seat at the table, the following individuals are working to advance quality healthcare design throughout our industry through various capacities:
 
FGI – HGRC (Facilities Guideline Institute Healthcare Guidelines Review Committee) for 2026.
We are pleased to announce that three CHIDs will be serving as subject matter experts working to advance quality healthcare design reviewing and revising this premier resource document.
In addition, BIFMA has requested CHID input into the American National Standard For Office and Institutional Furnishings, ANSI/BIFMA X8.1-2022 Furniture Surfaces: Design and Durability for Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Standard. Andrea Hyde, Barbara Dellinger, and Linda Gabel have been working with the review committee on incorporating healthcare specific information as part of a “Voice of the Customer” section.
 
Several CHIDs have provided their expertise on behalf of Center for Health Design as Touchstone and Nightingale Jurors; Aimee Platt, AnnMarie Jackson, Isaac Holman, Megan McNally, and Teri Lura Bennett.
 
Speaking of leadership, AAHID looks forward to an exciting year with Sandy Goodman as President, and our new 2023 Executive Officers and Board of Directors:
President: Sandy Goodman
Immediate Past President: Teri Lura Bennett
President Elect: Megan McNally
Secretary/Treasurer: Stephanie Fallon
Directors at Large: Antonio Amedeo, Barbara Dellinger, Melinda Avila-Torio, and Sarah Tetens.
 
Thank you to all our Industry Partners! Special thanks to our Platinum level supporter – Mecho. Also our Gold level supporters: Altro, Armstrong Flooring, and Tarkett.
 
Coming up in 2023;
New and Improved Industry Partner benefits! We listened and have revised the AAHID Industry Partner Benefit packages. Watch for an email in January.
 
The 2023 CHID Exam applications are open now until May 15th.  Do you know of any potential 2023 CHID exam candidates? It’s the perfect time to talk to your healthcare design peers about making the CHID credential their next step in professional career advancement.
 
The 2022 Board has developed the AAHID 2022-2027 Strategic Plan and have identified four core values and to guide our efforts for the next five years; Creating Community, Sharing Knowledge and Expertise, Increasing Recognition and Outreach, and Assuring Organizational Continuity.
 
We could use your help! Please consider joining one or more AAHID committees; CHID Exam Candidates Application Review, Industry Partners, Marketing and Social Media, Outreach, Research and Education, and Test Development committees, for an interesting new year of opportunities.
 
2023 CHID Community Connections events: we are planning several events including; a Research 101 education session to empower CHID to analyze and conduct their own research presented by the AAHID Research and Education committee, a CHID/IP outreach, and CHID Exam candidate events.
 
Mark your 2023 healthcare conference calendars for:
EFA April 15-18, 2003
-AAHID education session with three CHID presenting; “Reimagining Residential Healthcare for the Future” Christine Weber Craik, Corinn Soro, and Jane Rohde.
 
HCD 2023 in New Orleans November:
-CHID peers as presenters, moderators, coaches, and jurors
-AAHID-supported education sessions
-AAHID Annual Meeting and Reception
-CHID mentoring opportunities
 
Thank you for your time and effort as you lead the way, sharing your knowledge and experience to advance quality healthcare design. Bravo!
 
Well done indeed, everyone!