Academic Thought Leaders

  • David C. Grandy, FACHE, CMPEDirector of Strategic Innovation

    A former healthcare administrator turned healthcare innovation authority for HDR (the world's No. 1 healthcare design firm), David is helping healthcare organizations throughout the world embrace the start-up mentality and leverage their in-house intellect to drive innovation. Using a process he created called SYNAPSE, he combines design thinking with strategy to examine complex problems and explore traditional constraints using nontraditional thinking. He promotes the idea of co-creation, believing that the key to spreading ideas throughout an organization is to inject as many people as possible in the design process. And once high-caliber ideas have been developed, he works with designers, engineers, technologists, architects and strategists to bring these ideas to life as scalable solutions.

    Currently, David is the managing director of strategic innovation at HDR, integrating human-centered design and strategy to help organizations explore the evolution of their business and find their place in the future. His work on five continents and with clients ranging from Kaiser Permanente to Google and the Ministry of Health for the countries of Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago, landed him on the cover of the May 2013 issue of Building Design + Construction magazine.

  • Cyndi McCullough, RN, MSN, EDACDirector of Clinical Planning

    With more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse in the healthcare industry, Cyndi brings a clinical and operational understanding to facility programming. LEAN certified and EDAC accredited, Cyndi is highly skilled in directing process improvement through work redesign, influencing and managing change, interacting with patients, staff and physicians, and building strong working relationships.

    She is also the editor of a book, published in August 2009 by Sigma Theta Tau International, which addresses the rising prevalence of evidence-based design for healthcare environments. Titled, "Evidence-based Design for Healthcare Facilities," major topics of the book include aesthetics, healing environments, family-centered care, sustainability, benchmarking, transitions, efficiency and preparing for the future of healthcare.

    " "Evidence-based Design for Healthcare Facilities' is the product of a successful collaboration of our experienced staff to produce a book that will be used by nurses, physicians, administrators and healthcare students nationwide as they redesign healthcare environments that improve health outcomes at a reduced cost of care to support the diverse needs of patients, families, and staff."