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Jul 12, 2019

Today, I’m joined by Debra Levin, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Center for Health Design--a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to transform healthcare environments into a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy, and the creative use of evidence based design. We discuss a range of topics, and Debra shares her journey into compassionate leadership and how her love of design and the desire to make a difference propelled The Center for Health Design into industry consciousness. Learn more Debra Levin and The Center for Health Design by visiting

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In part 1 of this episode you will learn:

  • How the very rare McDonalds meal and Etch A Sketch are what Debra remembers about getting her tonsils out as a kid.
  • How Debra always wanted to make a difference in the world and that was her driving force.
  • The charming and funny story about 12 year old Debra who decorated every surface of her room with brown and white zebra striped sheets!
  • The story of how Debra’s “aha” moment came during her senior year of college when she was the ASID National Student President.
  • How when Debra met a designer who designed rooms for kids with special needs, it rocked her world.
  • In college Debra ran a student conference in the Rocky Mountain region for ASID and how the experience influenced her career path.
  • What happened when the position for Executive Director at CHD opened up 30 years ago and how it changed Debra’s life.
  • The bright spot of Debra’s work in 2019 at The Center for Health Design.
  • Why Debra’s personality gets excited by the blank page and what this means for her work at CHD.
  • What is the Center for Health Design’s EDAC Certification and how it benefits healthcare industry professionals nationwide and globally.
  • Who has inspired and influenced Debra throughout her life and her career.

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