National architecture and engineering firm HED has hired six senior level healthcare staff members in its Boston office. These designers and healthcare professionals join the firm from Steffian Bradley Architects and its affiliated Sterling Planning Alliance partnership.

The new hires include:

• Bobbe Young, Lt Col (Ret), MHA – Healthcare studio leader

• Alberto Salvatore, AIA, NCARB, EDAC – National healthcare design leader

• Lynn Drover, NCIDQ, AAHID – National healthcare leader interior architecture

• Donald Luoni – Construction administration and business development

• Jacqueline Royer, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP – Healthcare planning

• Erin Pleasants – Healthcare data analyst

According to Peter Devereaux, FAIA, chairman of HED, this is an important strategic growth opportunity for the firm.

"With our existing Boston office, paired with these focused talented additions in the healthcare sector, we are excited to continue building on our growing design portfolio in New England," he said.

"I know HED as a strong competitive firm,” said Salvatore. “The opportunity to join them today, helping to lead the growth of their healthcare presence here on the East coast, is an exciting step for me and each of my colleagues. This company has an incredibly collaborative, forward-thinking healthcare practice and I am thrilled to have the chance to join forces as a part of this inspiring team."

HED leadership says it has identified healthcare as an important, fast-growing sector throughout the U.S. and beyond and has worked to build its team, resources, and technology to create cutting-edge design solutions for this industry.

"Healthcare facilities today are in constant need of strategic planning and careful, ongoing improvements,” said Young.” Between technology's rapid changes, shifting demographics, and population geographies in constant flux, healthcare operators need to remain two steps ahead of their future patient populations. Both of our teams have been leading this kind of strategic facility planning and design thinking for clients around the country, so this couldn't be a better fit for us individually and for HED."

The new team members joined HED effective April 24th.