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Linda M. Gabel, CHID, IIDA

Sr. Facility Planner, Interior Design

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Columbus, Ohio

Linda has over 36 years of professional design experience, with the last 31 dedicated to pediatric and adult acute healthcare, memory care, and senior living environments.  Through hands-on collaboration with patients, residents, families, staff, and artists, Linda is able to create award winning environments that strengthen the care provider’s ability to provide true family-centered care, and support the needs of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, cultures and age groups.  Linda collaborates with the entire design team to create interior environments that enhance the healing process and reduce stress of patients, their families and caregivers. Her strong focus on an evidence-based design methodology and research in designing healthcare facilities provides enhanced value to the client for years to come.  As the 2005-2009 IIDA Healthcare Forum Advisor and 2010-2013 Credentialing Regent on the board of AAHID, Linda provides active leadership in the design of healthcare environments on an international level.  As an industry leader, Linda has presented healthcare environment white papers on healthcare design for pediatric, bariatric, and aging populations at major conferences and universities: Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Institute, National Association of Children’s Hospital and Related Institutions (NACHRI), NEOCON, Stephen F. Austin State University, Western Carolinas University, and The Ohio State University. Her previous leadership roles at Karlsberger and NBBJ have given her exemplary hands-on project experience with many of the top 20 Children’s and Adult Hospitals and Healthcare Systems in the United States.


Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, 1984

The Ohio State University


NCIDQ 1989

AAHID, American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, Founding Member 2005, AAHID Board of Regents, 2010-2013, Regent for the Credentialing of Designers.  Currently serving on the Credentialing Committee.


IIDA, International Interior Design Association, professional member, 2005-2009 Healthcare Forum Advisor; Ohio/Kentucky Chapter/Columbus City Center Board member, 2005-present.

Zero Landfill Columbus, Ohio committee member

Girl Scouts of America/Heart of Ohio Co-Leader of Troop 676, 2004-present


Health Facilities Management Magazine, “Elder Care – design to support the aging acute care patient,” Spring Issue 2012.

Children’s Hospitals – The Future of Healing Environments, co-author of “The Lobby:  Direction and Diversion” Chapter, 2005

Designing the World’s Best: Children’s Hospitals, co-author of “Interior Design, Furnishings, & Wayfinding” Chapter, 1999

Perspective Magazine, various articles on healthcare design trends and issues as IIDA Healthcare Forum Advisor, 2005-2009


“What’s keeping the Children’s Hospital C-Suite up at Night?” Vendome Webinar, 2011.

“The Future of Children’s Healthcare Design: Issues, Trends, and Opportunities,” Tandus Healthcare Symposium, February 2011.

“Designing for the Bariatric Population,” Panelist for the AAHID Panel at Healthcare Design .10 conference.

“Understanding the Special Needs of the Bariatric Population: Design, Innovation, and Respect,” FacilityCare audio-conference, co-presenter, August 2010

“Designing for an Aging Population in the Acute Care Setting,” co-presenter with Elizabeth Brawley at NEOCON 2010.

The IIDA Forum Advisors “Trends” presentations at NEOCON, 2005-2009

“The IIDA Healthcare Forum presents: The Experience Imperative,” Healthcare Design .08 Conference

“The Bariatric Population,” NEOCON and Healthcare Design .07 Conference and 2008 webinar re-broadcast

“Principles of a Successful Healthcare Art Program,” NACHRI Spring Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2005

“Environmentally Responsive Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Spaces,” Healthcare Design .03 Conference, The Center for Health Design and Medquest Communications, Miami, FL, December 2003

“Using Architecture to Build a Brand,” NACHRI, Facilities Design Conference, Chicago, IL, July 2003

“Wayfinding: More than Just Signs,” Health Facilities Institute, San Diego, CA, October 1998

“Wayfinding: More than Just Signs,” The Association for the Care of Children’s Health, Boston, MA, May 1997


The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Columbus, OH

Project Management and lead related to internal interior design and furniture projects, move management, procurement,  and FFE installation management.   Provides programming, space planning, budgeting, and interior design services for internal renovation projects.

Acts as Owner’s representative for facility planning on new construction and renovation projects involving outside A/E firms.

Al Saleh Medical City, Sana’a, Yemen

12 building complex: 1,100 bed acute care hospital, mental health facility, research and teaching facilities, mosque, and secure executive housing.

Construction Cost – Confidential

Role  – Medical Planner in DD and CD phases, Operational and Interior Design narratives

Involved traveling to Munich, Germany to meet with the third party reviewers; I presented design development level medical planning and interior design to German engineers, physicians, and hospital administrators for approval to proceed into Construction Documents.

Medical University of South Carolina

Children’s Hospital and Perinatal Services

Replacement Facility Study

Completion 2/2008

Location – Charleston, SC

Role – Project Manager and Medical Planner

 Involved hands-on programming and planning workshops to successfully define and align philosophical goals and operational/business objectives between the leadership of Children’s Hospital and Perinatal Services and the University. 

Premier Health Partners

Miami Valley Hospital


Completion Date – 2009

Size –  52,000 sf

Construction Cost – $13 million

Role – Client Contact, Lead Interior Designer/Medical Planner

Involved programming the experience for family, caregiver, neonatologist and creating personas


Premier Health Partners

Good Samaritan Hospital, Heart and Vascular Hospital, Bariatric Unit, Ortho/Neuro/Rehab Unit

Construction Cost – Confidential

Completion Dates – 2005 – 2009

Sizes –  34,000 sf HVH; 2,500 sf Bariatric; 40,000 sf Ortho/Neuro/Rehab

Location – Dayton, Ohio

Role –Lead Interior Designer/Medical Planner

Heart Center involved programming the experience and personas for 3 demographic categories of patient/family, caregiver team, and cardiologistLEAN and Six Sigma methodologies were also integrated into the design/planning process.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Master Renovation Plan, 18 phases

Construction Cost – Confidential

Completion Date – 2000

Size – 270,000 sf

South Tower and West Infill Additions

Construction Cost – Confidential

Completion Date – 2005

Size – 1.2 million sf

Location – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Role – Lead Interior Designer, medical planner

Involved family-centered care programming and planning, full-scale room mock-ups and facilities standards for design and performance of materials, furniture, and lighting.

Dell Children’s Regional Medical Center of Central Texas

Total Replacement Facility

LEED – registered project, platinum level goal

Construction Cost – $175 million

Size – 450,000 sf

Completion – 2007

Location – Austin, Texas

Role – Co-Leader for Vision and Conceptual Design

Participated in LEED strategy discussions, goal-setting, performance benchmarks

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Total Replacement Facility

Construction Cost – $39,300,000

Size – 351,987 sf renovation; 38,040 sf new

Completion – 2002

Location – Phoenix, AZ

Role – Lead Interior Designer and Planner – included medical planning and wayfinding

IIDA Interior Design Competition Winner, 2003

St. Vincent Children’s Hospital

Construction Cost – $25 million

Size – 101,000 sf

Completion – 2003

Location – Indianapolis, Indiana

Role – Lead Interior Designer and assisted in Medical Planning

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Total Replacement Hospital

Construction Cost – $80 million

Size – 300,000 sf

Completion – 1996

Location – Hartford, Connecticut

Role – Lead Interior Designer, Medical Planning

Golisano Children’s Medical Center/

Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester

CVICU/PICU and AICU Addition

Construction Cost – $12 million

Size – 60,000 sf

Completion – 2004

Location – Rochester, New York

Role – Lead Interior Designer, medical planner

St. Louis Children’s Hospital/BJC

East Expansion Project

Construction Cost – $60 million

Size – 186,000 sf

Completion – 2007

Location – St. Louis, Missouri

Role – Lead Interior Designer and medical planning

Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center

Construction Cost – $85 million

Size – 220,000 sf

Completion – 2007

Location – Charlotte, North Carolina

Role – Interior Design Leadership and Artwork Consultation

University of Miami, School of Medicine

Batchelor Children’s Research Institute and Clinics

Construction Cost – $24 million

Size – 148,000 sf

Completion – 2001

Location – Miami, Florida

Role – Medical Programming, Planning and Lead Interior Designer

Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, Mount Carmel Health System

New Women’s Hospital and Level III NICU

Construction cost – $18 million

Size – 96,000 sf

Completion – 2003

Location – Columbus, Ohio

Role – Lead Interior Designer

Riverside Methodist Hospital – OhioHealth

Heart/Emergency Hospital

Construction Cost – $42 million

Size – 277, 465 sf

Completion – 2004

Location – Columbus, Ohio

Role – Lead Interior Designer

Lake Hospital System, Concord Replacement Hospital

Pebble Project

Construction Cost – Confidential

Size – 314,000 sf

Completion – 2009

Location – Cleveland, Ohio

Role – Client leader, lead Interior Designer and medical planning through Schematic Design

Five Star Quality Care

Boston, MA

Long Term Care Facilities, various locations in the U.S.

Client Lead for all Planning and Interior Design services

Cornerstone Assessments

Revera Living

U.S. Long Term Care Facilities, various locations

Quality Assurance and Interior Design services,

Lutheran Life Villages

Ft. Wayne, IN

Skilled Nursing Facility

IL/AL Sales office

Interior Design Services and Procurement/Installation Management




Acute Care

Outpatient Care

Residential Care/Senior Living

Ambulatory Care

Medical/Dental Office