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Speaking Engagements

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH)
Houston, Texas
April 9 - 12, 2014

Healthcare Facilities and Expo (HFSE)
Chicago, IL
Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2014

Chicago, IL
Oct. 12 - 15, 2014

Palm Desert, CA
Oct. 22 - 25, 2014

Healthcare Design (HCD)
San Diego, CA
Nov. 15 - 18

Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts   Integrated Design Saves Lives

Transforming the Healthcare Experience through the Arts
Annette Ridenour takes you inside the process of transforming the healthcare experience through the arts, wth compelling human stories, research, evidence-based design, and pragmatic advice.
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Welcome to Aesthetics, Inc.
Aesthetics is a holistic design firm whose team of multidisciplinary designers brings simplicity, order, and beauty to wayfinding programs, interior architectural design, regional arts programs and interpretive displays.

Annette Ridenour founded Aesthetics in 1980. Since then, the team's innovative work has transformed built environments and created healing experiences by using evidence-based, patient-centered and holistic design principles. In partnership with clients, we co-create customized, unique spaces that inspire the human spirit, promote health and wellness, and respect human dignity.

We assist each client organization in creating beautiful, cohesive, physical environments that reflect its history, culture and aspirations.

Welcome to the Aesthetics site. We invite you to look around, enjoy – and contact us with any questions.


Aesthetics unveils model of ideal Health Care Facility.
Aesthetics unveiled a model of an ideal Health Care Facility that supports the Mind, Body and Spirit of patient, family and staff at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo in Chicago, Il, Booth #727


6,000-square-foot healing garden designed by Aesthetics Inc.
Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota recently opened its new 6,000-square-foot healing garden at its St. Paul campus. Designed by Aesthetics Inc. (San Diego), the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) Storyland Garden provides a space of respite, activity, and socialization for patients, families, and visitors.
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Aesthetics Audio releases Serenity Listening Systems
The Serenity Listening System ® is the  latest introduction by Aesthetic Audio Systems in their successful ambient audio programs.  Designed to create individual or group serenity zones in waiting rooms, organizations can now easily offer the serenity experience of designed  harmonic music for its patients, visitors and customers with this ‘stand alone’ system.
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Case Study- Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota
The Mother Baby Center an Integrated Customer Experience
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The Healing Journey
For those not involved in Health Care, here is a short video introduction to Aesthetics.


Annette Ridenour in Florence
While Annette was in Florence last year she was interviewed for an Italian Healthcare Design Magazine,  for those of you  who can read Italian, enjoy.



Storyland Garden
Please read a recent article that was printed in Landscape Architect and Specifier News about the new CHA Storyland Garden that is opening at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota ST. Paul Campus this May 2013.(pictures will be posted after the opening)  



Annette Ridenour keynote presenter in Milan, Italy
On November 30th, Annette Ridenour was the keynote presenter at the Symposium on the Role of Art and Environment in the Care of Hospital Patients sponsored by the Bracco Foundation of Milan Italy.

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Annette Ridenour honored with the 2012 Founder's Award
Annette Ridenour was honored at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo at their 25th Anniversary with the 2012 Founder's Award to recognize her contribution to the Symposium and the Healthcare Design field for the past 25 years. Annette was in attendance at the first Symposium and has attended almost all the conferences. She has served as faculty numerous times.


Aesthetics, Inc., wins the top international award for “Use of Art in the Patient Environment” at the 8th World Congress of the International Academy for Design & Health in Kuala Lumpur
On the first of July, Aesthetics, Inc. of San Diego received the top international award for “Use of Art in the Patient Environment” at the 8th World Congress of the International Academy for Design & Health in Kuala Lumpur for its Arts & Healing and Urban Renewal program, designed for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Children’s). At the Congress, researchers and practitioners from around the world and across multiple disciplines gathered to discuss how to reshape global excellence in designing healthy environments.

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A Healing Place Celebrates its Community
Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Healing Arts Program aspires to use the arts to instill the essence of the healing ministry of Jesus, allowing art to serve as an inspirational tool for patients, visitors and staff.

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Aesthetics celebrates the life and work of Don Campbell
Boulder's Don Campbell, transformative music expert and author of 'The Mozart Effect,' has died.

Friends said his singular life mission was to help return music to a central place in the modern world.


A Step Back to an Oasis in Time
Crystal Cove is a preserved, restored, sliver of California coastal history along the Pacific Coast Highway just north of Laguna Beach. Prized as a quintessential California place for decades, it can be seen in Hollywood films, captured by Impressionist painters and in countless vacationers’ photos. The stretch of beach, restored cottages and educational programs are part of the State Parks system, and their survival is a real success story that you can visit and explore.


What Healing Experiences Do People Want?
Aesthetics, Inc.’s  President and Founder Annette Ridenour writes about the role of art and design in the health care experience, asks essential questions and presents key actions that point us toward creating healthy environments through evidence-based design. Read the entire thought-provoking article in the January/February 2012 issue of San Francisco Medicine, here.

Left: Fire element in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital sacred space, by Elizabeth Devereaux


Color, Light and Sound on a Bridgeway to Healing for Children
Experiencing the color and sound along the sky bridge brings smiles, opportunities for music-making and even a little dancing to everyone, from the CEO to Children’s Hospital patients, nurses, security guards and staff.

For more information, click here.

  Cottage Health System - Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Cottage Health System uses its healing arts program to promote an environment that inspires and comforts patients, visitors and staff.
Cottage Health System’s new Santa Barbara hospital’s Healing Arts Program focuses on the beauty of California’s Central Coast through the inspiration, talent, and expertise of Central Coast artists, in support of the program’s mission, goals and objectives.
The art themes vary by floor: the first floor features Santa Barbara architecture; the second floor highlights water, ocean, beaches and seascapes; and the third floor shows flora, gardens and landscapes. Installation was completed in January 2012.
For a closer view of selections from the beautiful art in Santa Barbara, click here.
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