I am excited to announce the formation of a Center for Health Design advisory board that will add new voices to inform the future of The Center’s work.

Members of the advisory board hail from a diverse set of backgrounds and will include some members of The Center’s board of directors, as well. The group will be led by chair emeritus Rosalyn Cama and will meet twice a year to help The Center expand our understanding of how other industries have successfully solved big problems, gather the wisdom and broad perspective of a more diverse circle of experts, and help our organization identify new areas of focus where we can develop tools and resources for the industry.

Here are some details on our newcomers:

  • Jason Girzadas is a principal and executive committee member at Deloitte Consulting, where he’s responsible for Deloitte’s overall client portfolio and industry practices, including the Life Sciences & Health Care Industry practice. He actively champions initiatives such as the future of mobility, digital disruption, and the Internet of Things. As a multinational professional services firm, Deloitte brings to The Center a broad perspective of successful initiatives from a divergent group of industries.
  • Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging,” and president of Masterpiece Living. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, Landry specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their potential.
  • Mickey McManus is chairman and principal of Maya Design as well as a visiting research fellow at Autodesk. He’s a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design, and education, and is a frequent speaker at industry events, including delivering a keynote presentation at the 2008 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference. Maya Design is a technology design firm and innovation lab and brings to the advisory board successful solutions of how other industries have leveraged design, technology, and innovation to transform and stay relevant.

Additional advisory board members include:

In addition to our new advisory board, The Center welcomes Randy Carter as vice president for partnership development. Carter was previously a senior vice president at Planetree and is a speaker, facilitator, author, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He’ll work with industry partners to develop events, programs, and education designed to keep the community inspired and informed. Having spent two decades focusing his career on the patient experience and how the built environment can either promote or be an impediment to positive patient, family, and staff outcomes, Carter’s role at The Center will be to help grow our work in this area as well as create connections with other organizations to develop tools and resources to support the healthcare and design communities in their work.

We’re excited about this new direction in leadership at The Center and the broadening of our circle of influence as our community continues to expand the definition of a healthcare space and the industries we touch through a focus on health and wellness.

Debra Levin is president and CEO of The Center for Health Design. She can be reached at dlevin@healthdesign.org.