Our Founders

Herbie Hames
  • Over 33 years in healthcare design and development
  • Masters in Healthcare Administration – UNC Chapel Hill
  • Masters in Architecture – Healthcare Design Studio – Clemson University
  • Developed or Designed over 2 million square feet of not-for-profit hospitals and associated physician groups facilities
  • National Speaker on Alternative Capital for Healthcare Entities
  • American Hospital Association/American Institute of Architecture Fellowship for the study of a “Recuperation Care Facility”

Herbert J. Hames, Jr., MHA

Mr. Hames has been involved in the healthcare facilities field since 1985 and has both a Masters in Architecture/Healthcare Facilities Planning and Design from Clemson University as well as a Masters of Healthcare Administration from UNC Chapel Hill. He co-founded Criterion Healthcare in 2005 after having worked in a healthcare architectural firm, a healthcare design build firm, and a healthcare development firm.

Prior to co-founding Criterion Healthcare, Mr. Hames spent 9 years with The Cogdell Group. He joined The Cogdell Group in 1996 as the Regional Vice President of Property Management for one of the four southeastern regions. Having spent three years gaining a full understanding of both property and asset management on a portfolio of over 500,000 square feet, Mr. Hames was promoted to a Principal in the firm and Vice President of Development. In this role, he crafted ownership and financing solutions for healthcare facilities ranging in size from an 8,100 square foot primary care facility to a 212,000 square foot outpatient hospital expansion.

He began his professional career at Odell and Associates, a national healthcare architectural and engineering firm, eventually moving to the Senior Medical Facilities Planner position. Additionally Mr. Hames worked for Simmons Healthcare, a national medical office design/build firm, assisting in opening a Charlotte, NC office.

Mr. Hames has performed strategic planning, master facilities planning and schematic design for projects ranging from small rural hospitals to large tertiary teaching hospitals. In each stage of his healthcare career, he has focused on improving the efficiency of the delivery of care through the built environment. He has spoken at the national level about alternative ownership structures for not-for-profit health systems and was the recipient of the American Hospital Association/American Institute of Architecture Fellowship for the study of a “Recuperation Care Facility.” He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

He is married and has three sons. He is very involved in Boy Scouts of America and has served as the Chairman for the Cabarrus District, as a member of the Executive Board of the Central North Carolina Council and the Indian Waters Council.