The 2016 Design Connections Healthcare Summit was held February 22-24, 2016 at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The event was a major success for both sponsors and attendees. This unique program pairs designers and end users in a platform created to engage industry leaders and experts as they share new regulations, market trends and new requirements with the healthcare leading manufacturers and distributors.

Design Connections is an invitation-only, hosted event specifically shaped for the design community that brings a network of industry professionals together for CEU/educational learning sessions, industry conversations, networking and relationship building opportunities. Attendees look to Design Connections to learn about and understand changes to the industry and the newest product offerings for senior living, assisted living and long-term care facilities.

"As a sponsor for the second year, we once again had an outstanding experience. We value our engagement with the smart attendees the event hosts, and appreciate the ability to interact as equals as we look for common ground in solving Healthcare's most pressing issues. The organizers have truly perfected the conference format with the broad variety of interaction and education opportunities available to all," stated Susan Homan, Global Healthcare Segment Leader, DuPont Surfaces.

"Of all the many events that I attend during the year, Design Connections is my favorite - I always learn something, meet some new people, and get to share with like-minded designers. It is a win-win and I leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle the LTC industry once more!" Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates, Inc.

While designers and end users are looking for information and guidance, suppliers are looking for ways to identify and develop relationships with key decision makers specifically focused on the healthcare design market segment. Design Connections is aimed to meet the needs of both attendees and sponsors. In some cases, attendees at Design Connections will be asked to provide feedback on new products still in R&D.

"This was my favorite Healthcare focused conference of the year! It focuses on the importance of the Healthcare Interior Designer's role and fosters how they can work with manufacturers to help determine products that will be safe, clinically appropriate and sustainable over time. Besides all of that serious is just plain fun to be with other Interior Designers that care about AND do what we do!", commented Andrea V Hyde, AAHID, MDCID, Johns Hopkins Health System - Facilities Arch + Planning.

"Design Connections has become a valuable resource for our company by connecting us with leading designers in an intimate setting that is more focused on building long-term relationships rather than simply generating sales leads. The designers are fully engaged with the manufacturers throughout the entire event and the educational presentations are informative and relative to both sides of the design process. The team at Design Connections combines all this and more with world class resorts, delicious food and impeccable service. It has become one of our primary marketing tools and we couldn't be more pleased with the results!" stated Brad Beardsley, General Manager, Envirawood.

"Our goal is to bring suppliers and qualified designers and end user attendees together in an environment facilitated by industry leaders and experts. Attendees will learn from experts, leading suppliers and, most importantly, their peers on trends, the best new products, and design trends," commented Mike Stanley, Publisher at Interiors+Sources. "Our proven event format accomplishes this and truly is a win-win for both sponsors and attendees."

Design Connections Healthcare is scheduled for February 13-15, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. If you are involved in the "education" market be sure to check out Design Connection Education scheduled for December 4-6 at PGA National Resort in West Palm Beach, FL. For information on sponsoring and/or attending either event, please visit or contact Karrie Laughlin at 319-899-8348 or



About the Organizers


Interiors+Sources is a national design publication that has served the architecture and design industry for 30 years, with an exclusive focus on the commercial interior design market. I+S promotes the value of design through the projects, products and people influencing the commercial interior design industry.  

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nGage Events is the leading producer of host-based, invitation-only business events. These events bring together leading vendors with qualified decision makers in an exclusive and intimate environment. The team at nGage Events has successfully produced more than 200 events across all market sectors using this distinctive format which guarantees access to key contacts in a private setting, fosters new relationships, improves existing ones, builds partnerships, and accelerates the sales process. For more information, visit

AuthorJane Rohde