Jennifer Kovacs SilvisIt’s been 13 years since I joined the Healthcare Design team in September 2010. That timing worked out just right that a handful of weeks later, I was heading to Las Vegas for my first Healthcare Design Conference + Expo.

One of my on-site assignments was to help with the stage presentation of our annual magazine awards ceremony. As I listened to the words being shared about the projects we were celebrating, the important work of this industry, and the results being achieved, I couldn’t help but be drawn in.

In that moment, I realized how lucky I was to be there, to be part of this industry. I realized the difference good design can make; how the built environment shapes the experiences of patients, family, and staff members; how there are people in this world driven by the mission to make healthcare spaces better.

And I gotta say, I was hooked—and I have been ever since.

Over these years, I’ve had the immense honor of supporting this industry in our own brand mission to provide the insight, information, and inspiration you need to do your jobs and continue to elevate the field of healthcare design. I’ve been fortunate to experience lots of professional opportunities and meaningful relationships along the way, too.

My new role as brand director

Now, it’s time to switch gears. With this issue, I’ll step away from the magazine to take on a new role of Brand Director. In this position, I get to keep doing all those things I love but in a broader context. I’ll dive deep into how we at Healthcare Design can better serve you on the road ahead, specifically through more robust and varied content, education, and event opportunities.

And I want to make sure all of you are partners in the process. I encourage you to email me at with any nascient ideas or long-desired wishlist items around the types of content you want to consume, formats for education you prefer, or events that don’t exist yet and you wish they did.

That’s the best part of transitions like these—they allow a much-needed pause point to evaluate the current state and try something new.

HCD’s new editor-in-chief

This transition also means I get to announce our new Editor-in-Chief, Anne DiNardo. Anne has been a critical member of the HCD team for 11 years, and there is no one more capable or qualified to take this magazine into the future. Join me in congratulating Anne!

I was lucky to have one dream job, and I can’t wait to start my second. I’m so happy I get to do it with this industry by my side. I’ll see you soon.