2013 Crystal Eagle Leadership Award


The Crystal Eagle Award is presented annually to an ASHE member whose contributions have affected the health care facility management profession and made a difference to the Society. Often referred to as “ASHE’s lifetime achievement award,” this award recognizes those who have been instrumental in the creation and optimization of healing environments.

Douglas S. EricksonThis year’s Crystal Eagle recipient is Douglas S. Erickson, FASHE, CHFM, HFDP, CHC, president of TME, Inc. For more than 38 years, Erickson has been a driving force in bringing about comprehensive improvements to the health care physical environment through his leadership on national standards organizations.

Erickson is a co-founder of the Facility Guidelines Institute, a not-for-proá¼€t organization with a mission of advancing quality health care by guiding the development of the health care built environment. He currently serves as chairman of the committee that develops the national standard, Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities. In his previous roles as director of design and construction with tfhe American Hospital Association and deputy executive director of ASHE, Erickson has been a longtime teacher, mentor, and advocate for the health care field.

“Doug’s enthusiasm and dedication to health care is always evident and has contributed tremendously to a safe environment for the health care industry; specifically for the safety and well-being of the patients we serve. Additionally, he has saved the health care industry millions upon millions of dollars in cost avoidance by advocating changes in codes that were unnecessary and over-burdensome. He has brought sensibility to the codes!”

-Curt Hibbard, SASHE
2001 ASHE President

“…Doug is truly one of our nation’s leading advocates for ASHE and everything that its extraordinary mission and reputation for hospitals and health care facilities represents…He is often looked at by his peers and colleagues as the respected voice for ASHE and the hospital and health facility industry.”

-Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI
principal and director health facilities

“…When I think of ASHE’s advocacy efforts, I see Doug. His dedication to the profession, our society, and its members define what advocacy is all about; giving of yourself to improve all aspects of the health care environment and educating those who support it.”

- Skip Smith, CHFM, SASHE
2010 ASHE President