Philadelphia, PA – Patty Melvin, Clairanne Pesce, Jennifer Tinsley and Leah Wilkins, interior designers with Array Architects, recently passed the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) examination and earned the prestigious Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) certificate. The accomplishment brings the total number of CHID certificate holders at the firm to eight. Only 140 CHID certificates have been issued nationwide to date.
“AAHID is the standard to identify those interior designers who are uniquely qualified to meet the needs and challenges of the healthcare interior design industry,” explains AAHID President, Libby Laguta. “The CHID certificate is the highest appellation available for a healthcare interior design professional, and this credential is what every healthcare facility should look for when choosing an interior designer.”
The CHID credential signifies that Melvin, Pesce, Tinsley and Wilkins have met rigorous standards for education, experience, and skill. The CHID examination requires examinees to demonstrate competence in a variety of aspects that affect the healthcare interior environment. The examination covers acute care, ambulatory care and residential healthcare facilities.
“We are committed to ensuring that our clients have access to the most qualified interior designers possible at Array,” said Laura Morris, Interior Design Director with Array Architects. “We are extremely proud that Patty, Clairanne, Jen and Leah have earned their certificates and solidified their position among our roster of experts.”
Clairanne Pesce, CHID, NCIDQ, WLL AP, LEED AP ID+C, is a Senior Interior Designer in Array’s DC office working on multiple pediatric projects at Children’s National Medical Center. Jennifer Tinsley, CHID, NCIDQ, is a Senior Interior Designer in Array’s Philadelphia office who recently worked on award-winning projects at Indian River Medical Center and Tower Health. Patty Melvin, CHID, LEED AP, NCIDQ, is a Senior Interior Designer in Philadelphia focused on advancing Array’s behavioral health portfolio on multiple projects. Leah Wilkins, CHID, NCIDQ, EDAC, LEED AP, is a Senior Interior Designer in Philadelphia who contributed to the recently completed Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill and is helping lead interiors for the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ in-construction behavioral health in- and outpatient tower.
Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year, AAHID a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that board-certifies interior designers in the US In a similar spirit to the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA), AAHID distinguishes Certified Healthcare Interior Designers through certification, experience and rigorous standards. The CHID appellation recognizes excellence, commitment and knowledge. It further distinguishes preeminent healthcare interior designers from other architects, designers and interior designers. More information about the certification may be found at www.aahid.org.
A leader in healthcare facility design, consulting and technology, Array offers knowledge-based, data-informed services, including planning, architecture, interior design, transformation and asset advisory services. Using Lean as a foundation for a unique process-led approach, Array’s deliverables employ data and technology to identify patient, market and industry trends vital to the success of today’s healthcare organizations. The company’s devotion to a healthcare-exclusive practice springs from a belief in the power of design and technology to improve patient outcomes, maximize operational efficiencies and increase staff satisfaction.