Biophilic Design in Behavioral Healthcare

Using nature to inspire calming and comforting spaces

Biophilic Design in BHBiophilic design is defined as the basic human inclination to affiliate with nature. At its core, it is simply the “love of nature:· The idea of biophilic design resonates with behavioral health as it combines therapeutic spaces with a sense of calm and comfort.

This type of design strategy does not only involve images of nature as decoration to create a sense of safety and well-being for behavioral health patients but also helps them on a deeper level by incorporating the cycles, patterns and spatial qualities of nature. Careful consideration must be given to avoid literal representations of imagery that may trigger an undesirable response.

Biophilic design includes a natural or artificial lighting system that changes throughout the day, reflective of a human’s circadian rhythm. It also includes artwork of nature, patient rooms that overlook green space or gardens, and public spaces that are comfortable and provide an unobstructed view of nature when seated.

Sounds and textures can also be incorporated into the overall design. Sounds that are reminiscent of being outdoors can provide patients with comfort, familiarity and possible improvements in mental health. Choosing biomorphic patterns, as well as natural textures and finishes for furniture can also help create a sense of comfort.

Stance Healthcare offers multiple collections of coordinating patient room and public space furniture that encourage a sense of well-being by using nature as an inspiration.These heavy-duty furniture products were developed in consultation with healthcare interior designers, behavioral health practitioners, facility managers and housekeeping staff. All of Stance Healthcare’s furniture for behavioral health applications can be specified in natural textures and finishes; adhering to the biophilic design philosophies that result in soothing and therapeutic spaces.

New Healthcare Furniture Designs For Pediatric Spaces

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare recently announced they would begin designing children’s healthcare furniture for use in pediatric spaces. To launch this new initiative, a “Junior” version of their popular Accent Chair, along with coordinating activity tables, will officially be released early October in advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference taking place in November.

“Our Accent seating collection is very popular in the healthcare industry due to its versatility, durable and cleanability. We were receiving requests for that same quality in a children’s seating collection, as there are not many options available currently” says President, Carl Kennedy. “We have since been able to take the design of our current Accent chair and create a healthcare-grade chair suitable for pediatric spaces. Having the Accent available in both a standard and junior version allows designers to create a cohesive environment suitable for both adults and children.”

The Accent Junior has similar features and options as its parent design, but resized with a child’s comfort in mind:

 Upholstered or wood back available with custom cutouts
 Versatile and stackable
 14-gauge steel frame powder-coated in a range of finishes
 Exceeds BIFMA Seating Durability test to 500 lbs
 Coordinating activity tables available in a variety of shapes and sizes

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To experience the NEW Accent Junior, visit Stance Healthcare (booth 1623) at Healthcare Design Expo + Conference from November 11-14 at The Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Florida. For show information, please visit www.hcdexpo.com.

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for September

Below are our most popular social media posts for the month of September:

Mountain Park Health Center Flips Marine and Boat Supply Store
The SmithGroupJJR team has transformed a former 30,000-square-foot boat dealership into a vibrant community health center that balances clinical efficiency with amenities that promote energy and wellness in an underserved community.

Cancer Survivors, Current Patients and Family Members Advise on Design
A patient advisory group of cancer survivors, current patients, and family members informed much of the design for the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at ProHealth Care in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The healthcare center recently caught the attention of Healthcare Design Magazine’s 2017 Design Showcase Awards when it was given honorable mention for delivering on design in numerous ways.

8 Healthcare Design Lessons from Shadowing a Nurse
In this article, you’ll read about the Inconvenient meeting spaces, inadequate task seating, and frequent interruptions a healthcare designer observed during a nurses eight-hour shift. 

 

 

See You At The Show!

The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference takes place from November 11-14, 2017 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL.  Devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities, this is the premier healthcare design industry show of the year.

You will find Stance Healthcare at booth 1623 highlighting our top behavioral healthcare products and discussing the latest trends in healthcare design.  Sign up before Saturday, September 30th for early bird rates.

Stance Healthcare Ranked One of the Fastest Growing Companies in Canada

Stance Healthcare Ranks No. 165 on the 2017 PROFIT 500

P500 Logo-2017-BLUEKitchener (September 14, 2017) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Stance Healthcare No. 165 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Stance Healthcare made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with a five-year revenue growth of 414%

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada-and the world-needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“Stance Healthcare is honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking for the second year in a row,” says President Carl Kennedy. “This achievement reflects the quality of our product and the dedication of our team over the past 10 years.”

About the PROFIT 500
For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit PROFIT500.com or CanadianBusiness.com.

About Canadian Business
Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior
business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

About Stance Healthcare
Founded in 2006, Stance Healthcare manufactures furniture for healing environments, with a particular focus on hospitals and behavioral health facilities. Stance Healthcare has a reputation for providing high-quality products that meet the ever-evolving demands in the areas of design, comfort, safety, durability, renewability, infection control and environmental sustainability.  With a strong understanding of patient-centered design, Stance Healthcare is committed to providing innovative furniture solutions that support the healing process.

 

Top 3 Links for August

Below are our most popular social media posts for the month of August:

Midwest Representation
Everyone was interested to read about our new representatives in the Midwest.  Lyons Company LLC now represents Stance Healthcare products in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Principal, Dick Lyons, has been in the contract furniture business for 45 years and established the Lyons Company over 23 years ago.

Words to Live By
On #NationalBookLoversDay Carl Kennedy, President at Stance Healthcare, shared his Top 5 notable books on personal growth and development. This article reflects on his personal key takeaways from each book and how they have shaped the decisions he makes on a daily basis.

Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals

The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2017)
As reported by Soliant Health, this article highlights the Top 20 hospitals in America.  The voting public decides the rankings based on which hospital they believe makes patients feel better upon arrival. We’ve also included this list on Stance Healthcare’s own Pinterest board.

 

Feeding the Hungry

Stance Healthcare ended summer with a two-week long (August 21 – September 1st) food drive benefiting The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.  Supporting the community in which we do business, employees cumulatively collected 333 lbs of food for the drive, and Stance Healthcare donated an additional $5 for each pound of food collected – that’s over 4500 meals!Photo 2017-09-01, 11 05 57 AM

We also want to give a special “shout-out” to Heritage Transportation Group for helping us get our donations to the food bank – your support is appreciated!

 

 

 

 

The Newest Member of the Verity Seating Family

verify_sleeper_headerThe newest member of the Verity Seating Family, the Verity Sleeper combines healthcare-grade durability with an appealing residential aesthetic.

The Verity Sleeper features a heavy-duty steel mechanism, wall-saver design, 3 comfortable positions, and a very accommodating sleep surface of 80″.  Options include a choice of wood, polyurethane or solid surface arm cap, caster or wood leg and contrasting fabrics.

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Proud Sponsor of CHD Behavioral Health Workshop

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On September 26th 2017, The Center for Health Design is hosting a workshop titled Behavioral Health—Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line. Stance Healthcare is proud to sponsor this interactive workshop that enables design professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health. The workshop will feature industry thought leaders and real-world strategies that support behavioral health populations.

This learning opportunity aligns with Stance Healthcare’s vision of providing behavioral health patients with safe and comfortable healing environments. Stance Healthcare’s furnishings are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, yet able to withstand intense environments, and are easy-to-clean.  They have also been developed in consultation with healthcare interior designers, behavioral health practitioners, facility managers and housekeeping staff.

If you are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities or wishing to evaluate the quality of your existing facility, you should attend this educational session. By registering for the workshop before August 31st, not only will you get early bird pricing, but you’ll also be entered to win Mardelle Shepley’s new book (I already ordered mine!) and a one-year CHD webinar pass!  Registration details can be found on The Center for Healthcare Design’s website.

Midwest Representation

Stance Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of the Lyons Company manufacturers rep group to the team.

Lyons Company LLC represents Stance Healthcare products in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. In addition to healthcare furniture, the company represents communication systems and fabrics.  Principal, Dick Lyons, has been in the contract furniture business for 45 years and established the Lyons Company over 23 years ago.  Providing the organization with sales and marketing leadership, Dick has built a successful team of passionate educated individuals.  You can visit their newly designed website here: http://lyonscompanyllc.com

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