6 Tips for Taking Good Install Photos on Your Smart Phone

We all love looking at beautiful installation photos.  They help us feel inspired and provide the ability to visualize the vast variations of furniture and fabric options available. When you send us your pictures of Stance Healthcare furniture in healing environments, you could receive $150!*  It’s also an excellent way for you to promote your project and gain exposure.  Did I mention you could receive $150?  If you’re not comfortable with taking photos of furniture and healthcare interiors, I’ve included some guidelines below to help you get started:

  1. Choose the Right Perspective.
    Think about the furniture piece you want to capture before taking the photo. Think about if you want to photograph one piece of furniture or an entire healthcare space. Walk around the room and see where the best view is to capture the overall essence of the furniture in its environment.
  1. Clear the Clutter
    Keep it simple.  The environment should be clear of any clutter, enabling the piece of furniture to be the focal point. Remove magazines and pamphlets from tables and pillows from chairs.  If in doubt – take it out. 
  1. Choose the Correct Lighting
    The type of lighting found in healthcare environments may not necessarily be conducive to taking photos.  However, turn off your flash and take advantage of using as much natural light as possible. Nowadays, hospitals are built with more natural light to promote well-being, so make sure to open up the blinds. The light should fill the entire area you are photographing.  The best time to take photos that incorporate natural light is in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  1. Use A Tripod
    If possible, use a tripod.  This is especially important in low lighting to help prevent blurriness. It can also help ensure your photos are level. There are many options available for inexpensive compact smart phone tripods – some are even able to wrap around poles, have magnetic feet and a remote shutter!
  1. Lock the Focus
    If you want to prevent your smartphone from attempting to grab a different subject in the frame, lock the focal point on the furniture you want to capture. To do this, simply tap your phone screen on the key furniture piece you want to focus on and your smartphone will do the rest!
  1. Choose the Right Angle
    To highlight the furniture in the healing space, you will likely want to take your photo horizontally.  You’ll also want to make sure you hold the phone flat to the wall to prevent any distortion.  Move around the room taking at least 5 – 10 photos and you’ll be sure to have at least one winning photograph!

If all else fails, hire a photographer to take the photo for you 😉

This post was written in collaboration with David Briggs Photography.

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Top Healthcare Design Links for January

Below are our top 3 healthcare design links for January:

Marna Healthcare Seating Collection
We recently launched Marna, a new collection of healthcare seating that combines modern, minimalist aesthetics with robust engineering methods that exceed all requirements of outstanding performance in healthcare environments. Features and options include a limited lifetime warranty, 14-gauge internal steel seat frame, removable seat and back upholstery covers, wood side frames, flex-back option, custom wood frame finishes, contrasting fabrics and more!

Care close to home: Microhospitals help bridge the gap between ambulatory and tertiary facilities
Mircrohospitals are becoming a big thing in healthcare design.  This article discusses their ability to respond to the needs of lower-acuity patients as well as providing local residents with the comfort and convenience of having access to both nearby health care services and a more extensive network of care.

5 Elements for a Healthy Medical Lounge
In this article you’ll find the five elements that make the healthcare lounge work including giving it a hospitality feel, ensuring it has daylighting or connection to the exterior, having furniture that is flexible, making it visible and easy to access and having the design integrated into the entire healthcare project.

NEW – Marna Seating Collection

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The Marna Healthcare Seating Collection combines modern, minimalist aesthetics with robust engineering methods that exceed all necessary requirements for outstanding performance in healthcare environments.

Features and options include a limited lifetime warranty, 14-gauge internal steel seat frame, removable seat and back upholstery covers, wood side frames, flex-back option, custom wood frame finishes, contrasting fabrics and more!

You can see Marna’s sleek lines for yourself during a Facebook Live broadcast on February 1st at 2pm with our sales specialist Tracey. You will also have the opportunity to see our newest addition to wood seating in person at NeoCon in June.

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5 Considerations: Specifying Behavioral Healthcare Furniture

1 in 5 patients admitted to an acute psychiatric unit may commit an act of violence, and between 75% and 100% of nursing staff on acute psychiatric units have been assaulted by a patient at some stage in their careers. That’s an alarming number!  Fortunately, there are things a facility can do to minimize the risk to patients, staff, and visitors. Investing in furnishings specifically designed and manufactured for behavioral health facilities is one consideration.

Here are five things to consider when purchasing furnishings for your next Behavioral Health project:

Safety
This is the most important consideration when specifying furniture for behavioral health facilities.  Seating designed for safety will inhibit concealment, feature anti-ligature components, have no sharp points or edges, include tamper-resistant hardware, break-resistant glides, and floor-wall mount options.

Durability
Furniture can help combat self-destructive behavior; it should be movable, yet too heavy to throw. Tables and seating finishes should be specified to deter destruction that leads to objects that can inflict harm to themselves and others.  High-pressure laminate, solid surface, and polyurethane surfaces are application specific finish options and can be used where appropriate. Specifying healthcare-grade upholstery materials provides additional durability.

Aesthetics
It’s true – the behavioral health landscape has changed.  The principles of Concierge Healthcare Design are being applied to Behavioral Health Facilities to help ease the anxiety of patients, caregivers, and caretakers.  Furniture is specified with residential appeal, and materials should be specified for their symbolic meaning rather than for pure functionality. Avoid complex patterns, color stimulation, and reflective surfaces.

Infection Control
Healthcare-acquired infections are always a concern in any healthcare setting. Seating should be easy-to-clean with a 3-way clean sweep around seat cushions, contain no crevices that encourage concealment and provide textiles and finishes that withstand stringent cleaning agents.

Comfort
Furniture should be selected to help patients, and visitors feel at ease. Upholstered furniture provides the ultimate comfort for seating.  Multiple types of seating and sizes should also be specified to give patients and visitors the choice of finding furniture most comfortable for them.

Stance Healthcare Awarded Supplier Contract by Premier

Supplier Contract for Healthcare FurnitureOntario, Canada – Effective immediately, Stance Healthcare has been awarded a group purchasing agreement with Premier. Premier operates one of the largest national Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO) in the United States, with membership of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and more than 150,000 other provider organizations.

Stance Healthcare’s extensive collection of patient seating, recliners, bariatric seating, sleepover seating, guest seating, lounge seating, occasional tables and casegoods for General and Behavioral Healthcare applications are now offered in Premier’s carefully selected portfolio of choices to alliance members.

“As a growing manufacturer of healthcare furniture and a leader in Behavioral Health solutions, we are honored to be awarded this opportunity to provide quality furniture to members of Premier’s alliance of hospitals and health systems,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We look forward to building a successful and collaborative long-term partnership with Premier based on creating value for their members”.

Members of Premier’s group purchasing organization select vendors they feel offer the highest quality products at the best value. Criteria can vary by category and is designed by members who have subject matter expertise on the product category being reviewed. Criteria includes; quality, safety, clinical impact, cost effectiveness, physician preference, environmental impact, diversity, breakthrough potential and member input.

Proud Sponsor of CHD Webinar Art + Science

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On January 25th, The Center for Health Design is hosting a free webinar with 2017 Changemaker Award winner, Dr. Shepley.

Art and Science.  In their finest expressions, they are one and the same. We face complex problems and no single approach can provide all the answers.  One cannot be a socially responsible designer or scientist without using both intuition and research. This presentation will cite historical and contemporary examples of individuals who support their simultaneous use to achieve creativity. The presentation will include a discussion of the definitions of art and science and the nature of the human mind.

Participants will:

  • become aware of the relationship between art and science from ancient times to the present.
  • explore the definitions of art and science.
  • become exposed to theories regarding the nature of the human mind relative to the debate regarding the meaning of art and science.
  • evaluate themselves on the spectrum or artistic orientation versus scientific orientation.

More information here.

Stance Healthcare Welcomes Northwest Interior Solutions

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of Northwest Interior Solutions manufacturers rep group to the team.

Northwest Interior Solutions will represent Stance Healthcare products in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Partners, Gordon Ware and Joel London have over 40 years of experience working in the commercial furniture industry and are well-informed of current industry trends and developments.

“The desire to have Gordon and Joel represent Stance Healthcare was their understanding of the commercial furniture industry in the Northwest,” says Craig Gustafson, National Sales Director. “With shared corporate values and an emphasis on excellent customer service, we feel confident that this group will be strong representatives of Stance Healthcare products in the healthcare furniture marketplace”.

This partnership is very exciting for both organizations. It provides Stance Healthcare with a more significant presence in the Northwest, and it provides Northwest Interior Solutions with a broader healthcare furniture offering including specialty products for behavioral health environments.

 

Stance Healthcare Receives Recognition as a ‘Living Wage’ Employer

Living Wage EmployeerOntario, Canada – Living Wage Waterloo Region and the Ontario Living Wage Network recently certified Stance Healthcare as a Living Wage employer at the “Champion” level.  As the 171st employer in Ontario to achieve this qualification, Stance Healthcare strongly encourages other companies to join them in this demonstration of commitment to both their employees, and the community.

Stance Healthcare recognizes that providing all employees with at least a living wage is a critical investment in the long–term prosperity of the local economy and fosters a dedicated, skilled, and healthy workforce.  A living wage is the hourly wage required to not just cover expenses, but also to support inclusion in community life and recreational activities.  The calculation is based on a family of four, consisting of two adults who both work full-time, and two young children. Factors in the calculation include the costs for things like rent, food, transportation, hydro and child care, which is why the living wage varies from one region to the next.

“We are proud to be recognized as a Living Wage employer in the Waterloo Region. As a small business that is family owned and operated, it is deep-rooted in our organizational culture to provide our ‘extended family’ with good quality of life,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “Our employees are our most valuable asset and the success of our business is a direct result of their organizational commitment and ability to prosper.”

Research indicates that employees earning a living wage are more likely to put money back into the community supporting them, are more productive and loyal in the workplace, and are healthier overall.

“Providing a living wage is a win-win for everyone.” says Brian Kennedy, Operations Manager. “In an industry that is accustomed to high turnover, we have loyal and committed employees – many have been with us since the company first opened its doors over 10 years ago.”

To find out more about Living Wages, visit www.ontariolivingwage.ca and www.livingwagewr.org.

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Top Links for 2017

Our top links shared on social media in 2017 included company news and a new color offering from Pantone:

Midwest Representation
In August, Stance Healthcare announced the addition of the Lyons Company manufacturers rep group to the team.  They currently represent Stance in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.

NeoCon 2017 – Product Sneak Peek
Christy Evangelista, Digital Marketing Specialist and Tracey Heimpel, Sales Specialist from Stance Healthcare, provided a sneak peek of the products that were being showcased at NeoCon 2017.

Pantone Says This Colour Can Increase Your Optimism
Pantone gave the world a much-needed pick-me-up with a color called Natural Optimism – a light shade of blue which was created to give people a phycological boost. In May, we shared  a design mix on Twitter using Natural Optimism – it received a lot of love.

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Employees Help Build Toy Mountain

This year on Giving Tuesday, November 28th, our employees began collecting toys and books for the 2nd year in a row to help build Toy Mountain. The two-week-long drive saw over 100+ toys and books collected for less fortunate children in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Our customer service reps personally filled each of their cars with the donations and delivered them to the local television station, CTV Kitchener, where the toys and books were added to help build Toy Mountain.

Watch the video of Clint and Tracey’s donation on CTV Kitchener: