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Crafting Care: Uniting Architects and Quality Specialists for Exceptional Healthcare Environments


Join us for an enlightening evening where we delve into the shared commitment of the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAQS) to crafting exceptional healthcare environments.

During this collaborative event, industry leaders will present their organizations, the work they do, and how their quality programs affect what you do as healthcare designers. This informational session will provide an opportunity to learn about their work and how you get involved. Discover AAH’s offerings of knowledge and networking opportunities for healthcare architectural professionals, ACHA’s exclusive certification programs recognized by AIA and ASHE, and NAHQ’s leadership in developing industry-standard healthcare quality competencies and certification.


Sheila Cahnman, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP
President; JumpGarden Consulting LLC

Sheila Cahnman is an ACHA Board Regent and President of JumpGarden Consulting, a WBE certified healthcare facility programming and planning practice, who has led design engagements for over 70 medical centers world-wide.  Sheila has presented at over 50 conferences and has published 45 articles on healthcare design issues. Sheila is on the Editorial Board of Healthcare Design Magazine and a reviewer for the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) journal.

Marybeth Dietz, AIA, ACHA
Associate, Project Manager; SmithGroup

Marybeth Dietz is a highly skilled architect and project manager at SmithGroup with more than 19 years of experience working within a variety of market sectors. She is practiced in leading complicated projects for prestigious health systems. Marybeth enjoys the challenge of creating environments for healing and health within the confines of strict code requirements, allowing her to exercise both her analytical skills and creativity. She is the Committee Chair of the Academy of Architecture for Health Component’s Council, which connects all AAH Components across the country.

Jennifer Pitts
Vice President of Products, Programs and Certification; NAHQ

Jennifer Pitts, Vice President of Products, Programs and Certification at the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is responsible for the certification (CPHQ) program, individual education and training solutions, and annual events at NAHQ. She has expertise in product strategy, virtual and live training and delivery, project management, learning design, and talent development. Jennifer serves on the board of directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) and for ORG Community, a membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of professional associations. Jennnifer holds a BA in psychology from the University of Toledo and an MA from The University of Chicago with a focus on non-profit management in the healthcare sector.

Roderic Walton, FAIA, NCARB, NOMA
Principal, Project Manager; Moody Nolan

As a Principal at Moody Nolan, Roderic brings 25 years of experience focused on healthcare projects. His work, presentations, and community engagement strategies are immersed in enhancing the experience of patients in under-served areas across the nation. He has a steadfast devotion to providing better outcomes for marginalized healthcare patients, regardless of the circumstances in which one is born, or where one lives. Both inside the firm and out in the world, Roderic is a thought leader, trusted advisor to his clients, and a bold representative for his communities.

About the Collaborating Organizations

The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH)
The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the healthcare architectural profession.

American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA)
American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) is the only professional certification program for healthcare architects that is recognized by both AIA and ASHE. ACHA offers an exclusive opportunity for a healthcare architect to distinguish themself as an expert in healthcare design.

National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
NAHQ is the leader in the development of industry-standard healthcare quality competencies and certification in healthcare quality. NAHQ provides a strategic advantage to professionals working in healthcare quality and healthcare organizations in their quest to reduce variability in care delivery and drive value through improved outcomes.

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Tuesday | 06.04.2024


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




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