Linda Gabel
Sr. Facility Planner, Interior Design
Contact Information
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
660 Ackerman Drive
2nd Floor cubicle 17
Acute Care
Ambulatory Care
Cancer Treatment Centers
Medical Offices
Medical/Dental Office
Outpatient Care
Residential Care/Senior Living
Senior Living/Long Term Care
Sustainable Design

Designer Profile

Linda M. Gabel, CHID, IIDA Sr. Facility Planner, Interior Design The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Columbus, Ohio

Linda is an in-house design and planning leader at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, promoting evidence-based design methodology and research with design consultants, administrators, and clinicians on construction projects. She is responsible for FFE and interior construction quality from Initiation through Owner Activation/First Patient Seen to help accomplish project and operational success measures. 

Linda is an active founding member of AAHID and provided healthcare design leadership roles at NBBJ and Karlsberger.  With over 38 years of practice, Linda frequently presents CEUs at Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Institute, National Association of Children’s Hospital and Related Institutions, and NEOCON. Her current research and testing of materials failures in healthcare has garnered national attention to the issues we face today.


Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design, 1984, The Ohio State University


CHID #0021; 2005 American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, Founding Member,

Board of Regents, 2010-2013, Regent for the Credentialing of Designers

Active in Test Development Committee, and Durable Coated Fabrics Task Force, 2019 to present

NCIDQ Certificate #9016; 1989


BIFMA Healthcare Furniture Standards and Surfaces Test Committee 2021-2022

IIDA, International Interior Design Association, professional member 1989 – present; 2005-2009 Healthcare Forum Advisor

EYP Healthcare Workplace Consortium, 2020-present

Center for Health Design, Individual Affiliate member 2008 – 2016

Girl Scouts of America/Heart of Ohio Co-Leader of Troop 676, 2004-2016


 Webinar: Icons of Healthcare Design - The More You Know: Reduce Failures for Healthcare Durable Coated Fabrics and Surface Materials. Center for Health Design 2/17/2022

“The More You Know: Reduce Failures by Understanding Performance Requirements for Healthcare Durable Coated Fabrics and Surface Materials,” AAHID Education Session at Healthcare Design 2021.

“Spec It Right: Know Your Durable Coated Fabrics–Reduce Failures and Advance Understanding with the Durable Coated Fabric Selection Process and Program,” AAHID Education Session at Healthcare Design 2020.

Metropolis: Think Tank - A Safe New Normal: Will Healthcare Workplaces Lead the Way? November 12, 2020

“New Information about Specifying and Cleaning Durable Coated Fabrics for Healthcare,” AAHID Education Session at Healthcare Design 2019, represented as an CHD webinar in July 2020.

 “Molecules Matter”

Design Connections Conference Keynote Panelist, February 2019

“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.

“Understanding the Special Needs of the Bariatric Population: Design, Innovation, and Respect,” FacilityCare audio-conference, Co-presenter with Evan Musheno, 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,” Panelist, Healthcare Design .08 Conference                                

“Art in Healthcare” and “Healthcare Interior Design” lectures at Western Carolinas University, April 2008; SFASU undergraduate Interior design program, September 2009; OSU Industrial Design senior studio, October 2009.

“The Bariatric Population,” NEOCON and Healthcare Design .07 Conferences, 2008 Vendome Webinar Series, and SFASU Graduate HC Interior design program October 2009

IIDA Forums “Issues and Trends” Roundtable, Healthcare Forum Advisor, NEOCON 2005-2009

"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

HONORS AND AWARDS:                                                                                              

American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID)         

Award of Appreciation, Advisory Council 2005-2009, Award for Service, Board of Regents, 2012.

International Interior Design Association - 30th Annual Interior Design National Competition Award, 2003, The New Phoenix Children's Hospital

Modern Healthcare Design Award Citation, 2003, The New Phoenix Children's Hosp

AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health - Health Facilities Review Honor Award 2003, Phoenix Children's Hospital

AIA Columbus, Ohio Chapter - Honor Award, 2002, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Healthcare Design Magazine, Architectural Review, Citation of Merit, 2003, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Society for Environmental Graphic Design - Merit Award, 2003, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Health Facilities Management - ASHE VISTA Team Award, Honorable Mention, 2003, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Valley Forward Association/Award of Merit, 2002, Phoenix Children's Hospital


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

AAHID Newsletter, various articles on healthcare design trends and issues as AAHID Credentialing Board of Regent, 2010-2012.

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

Children's Hospitals - The Future of Healing Environments. Co-Author of "The Lobby: Direction and Diversion"  Chapter, 2005

"Interior Monologues" and "Phoenix arises," Healthcare Design magazine, May 2003

 "Wide Open Spaces," quoted in article on collaborative work spaces, Columbus CEO Magazine, January, 2000

Designing the World's Best: Children's Hospitals, Co-Author of "Interior Design, Furnishings, & Wayfinding"  Chapter, 1999

"Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut," Interiors, November 1996

SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE 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 Level III NICU: 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    


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