Two Flad Staff Earn AHCA Certification

November 18, 2020  

As medical institutions face complex, ever-changing challenges and rapid, sweeping developments, Flad's specialized healthcare team is dedicated to understanding such current issues, while also providing leadership and proactive strategies to embrace future advancements. To enable our staff to be among the best practitioners, we support continuing education for all, participation in research initiatives, and dedicated time for teaching at national seminars around the country.

In support of this focus, Flad is pleased to announce that two of our healthcare planners – Cindy Cox and Curtis Qualls – have recently earned American College Health Association (ACHA) board certification. Cindy and Curtis join the ranks of approximately 450 ACHA colleagues in the U.S. and Canada who have achieved this prestigious accomplishment.

ACHA requires its certificate holders to work toward the improvement of healthcare architecture on behalf of the public, to practice in an ethical manner, and to maintain the highest standards in the field of healthcare architecture. The certification process requires a minimum of 6,000+ hours of healthcare architectural experience in the last five years, submission and approval of a portfolio, and successful completion of the accreditation exam which assesses the knowledge and understanding of architects who practice as healthcare specialists.

About the certificate holdersCindy Cox, AIA, ACHA, has over 35 years of experience as a senior planner for healthcare facilities. Her expertise is working with clients and user groups, from initial project planning, site evaluation, master planning, programming, department layouts, and equipment integration, through final design documents. Notable projects include Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Venice Campus, Lee Health Coconut Point, and Guam Regional Medical Center.

Curtis Qualls, AIA, LEED AP, ACHA, has over 20 years of specialized healthcare planning and design experience. His diverse background includes replacement facilities, medical office buildings, surgical services, outpatient care, acute care, women's and children's, cancer, cardiology, psychiatric, rehabilitation, emergency, radiology, and facility master planning. Notable projects include the UW Health at the American Center, Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Oncology Inpatient and Surgical Tower, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Master Site and Facilities Plan.

"Earning ACHA accreditation is an immense validation of healthcare architecture skills, and it is my honor to commend Cindy and Curtis on taking the initiative to earn this achievement," said Jeff Zutz, President / CEO of Flad. "Flad has a trusted reputation in healthcare planning and design across the country and beyond in creating highly-flexible spaces that promote healing and allow providers to do their best work. Especially in this moment of increased awareness of the importance of community access to quality healthcare, we are honored to contribute to this dynamic industry and are proud to count Cindy and Curtis as members of our team of experts."