The Center for Health Design has named Cynthia McCullough, senior clinical planner at HDR (Omaha, Nebr.), as the recipient of its 2020 Changemaker Award. McCullough will accept the award during a presentation at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, Nov. 7-10, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.

The annual award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has had broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.

McCullough’s 30-year career spans multiple disciplines, including as a nurse manager of a transplant and urology/nephrology unit and a senior clinical planner, as well as projects, such as a new critical access hospital 340 miles north of the Arctic Circle for the native Inupiat and projects in the Middle East. As an early proponent for evidence-based design (EBD) as part of the Healthcare Research & Development Institute, McCullough regularly writes and speaks about the topic at universities, conferences, podcasts, and webinars. In addition, she holds EBD and Lean healthcare certifications.

She will accept her award and deliver a keynote presentation during the 2020 HCD Expo & Conference. For more information, visit