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A Refreshing Look on My Resource Library

This summer we made it a priority to update our binder on My Resource Library, a digital library and industry resource center for the contract furniture market. The new clean appearance gives dealers, designers and end users a refreshing look at our full product offering.  We’ve also utilized the binder’s side bars to provide expanded product information including specs, cleaning instructions, environmental information and pricing. The layout and imagery of the binder gives users a peek at what they can expect to see when we launch our new website in the coming months.

View our binder at My Resource Library: https://www.myresourcelibrary.com/StanceHealthcare

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Expanded Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox

Earlier this year the Center for Health Design re-launched the Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox.  It’s a valuable resource containing a library of research findings, expert insights, strategies and tools. This month the Center for Health Design added two new webinars to the toolbox:

Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit: A Solution to an overcrowded ED
This webinar will examine the Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit as a case study, including direct outcomes achieved by the project. Since opening, the unit has had a positive effect on the ED, lessening mental health patients in the ED and decreasing the psychiatric inpatient admission rates for patients.

Comprehensive Test Methods for Products in Behavioral Health Environments at the Design in Mental Health Network
This webinar will discuss some of the common challenges witnessed and used to develop the testing methods – with a focus on ligature performance and robustness.  Hear about their learnings about doors and windows which feature so highly with sentinel events that they needed their own category of testing.   Review key areas of risk within mental health environments and lessons learned about managing risk in reality.

Stance Healthcare Awarded New York and North Carolina State Contracts

Ontario, Canada – Effective immediately, Stance Healthcare (Stance) has been awarded a five-year contract with State of New York, and a 3-year contract with the State of North Carolina. Being a preferred supplier will significantly impact Stance’s visibility within the purchasing departments of respective government agencies.

These contracts will allow Stance to provide new high-quality commercial furniture in the following categories:

New York State North Carolina State
·       Seating ·       Wood Seating
·       Tables ·       Metal Seating
·       Specialty Seating ·       Dining Tables
·       Dormitory Furniture ·       Occasional Tables
·       Office Furniture ·       Lounge Seating

“Contracts bring positive growth to the business and help us maintain a competitive advantage,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We are honored to have been awarded contracts with both New York and North Carolina this month. We are always working on new opportunities to work with government agencies, and understand the importance these relationships have on our business”.

The State selects vendors that provide the highest quality products at the best possible value. The lengthy award process included reviewing our current product offering and adhering to rigorous respective State contract requirements.

Stance Healthcare Partners with Frövi North America

Bringing innovative, distinctive commercial furniture to North America

Ontario, Canada (July 22, 2019) – Stance Healthcare (Stance) is pleased to announce its partnership with Frövi North America (Frövi NA), the American subsidiary of Frövi UK, a family-owned British commercial furniture company for social spaces, inspired by Scandinavian design.

The partnership between Stance and Frövi NA will see Frövi NA build on their success in the North American market by leveraging the strong relationships and distribution network Stance has built over the past decade, within the contract furniture industry. Each company will approach the market independently through their respective independent sales rep groups.

Frövi NA will take advantage of Stance’s supply chain and skilled production team as Stance gradually expands the capabilities of their Kitchener manufacturing facility to include the production of select Frövi NA products and distribution of them throughout Canada and the United States.

Carl Kennedy will remain President of Stance Healthcare while also assuming the role of Sales Director for Frövi North America. His responsibilities will include overseeing the strategic introduction and expansion of Frövi NA to the North American Market. Carl will continue to leverage his industry knowledge and relationships to ensure the success of both Stance and Frövi NA as they continue to grow.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring Frövi NA to the North American market.” says Carl Kennedy, President, Stance Healthcare/Sales Director, Frövi North America. “I believe their strong brand and design-forward products, combined with our industry relationships and distribution model, will ensure a successful and sustainable presence for the Frovi brand in North America.”

“With shared core values and a focus on quality crafted furniture, Stance Healthcare is the perfect partner to help us enter the North American Market,” says Ben Dunham, Design Director, Frövi. “By leveraging their knowledge of the market, we look forward to expanding our business and raising the profile of our brand within the North American contract furniture industry.

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Over $22,000 Raised for Heart & Stroke

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For the third year in a row, Stance Healthcare employees filled the 29-seater Big Bike and rode for 20 minutes through the streets of Kitchener. This year staff raised over $4000 for the popular fundraising event, which was generously matched by Stance Healthcare, for a combined total of over $8000!!

In the past three years Stance Healthcare’s big bike participation has raised over $22000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Donations are used to help fund critical research that’s preventing heart disease and stroke, saving lives and supporting survivors and their families.

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NeoCon 2019 – See You At The Show!

linkedinWe’ve been busy!!  NeoCon, one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the industry is just around the corner, and we’ve been preparing for the big day!  It’s going to be hard to beat last year’s award for best large booth design (400 sq. ft. or larger) from the IIDA, but we’re going to give it our best shot!

Held from June 10-12 at The Mart in Chicago, you’ll find us at booth 7-4050.  If you’re planning on attending the show, make sure to stop by and take a look at our recently launched Verona Lounge Seating Collection and our Frontier Collection specifically made for behavioral health – it even includes a “flip-style” bedside cabinet!  Not to mention, we will also have on display products currently in development and some that will be launching a few weeks following the show.

If you’re not able to attend, we’ve got you covered, we will be airing a Facebook Live event on Sunday at 1 PM (CT) to show you around our space prior to show opening.

And of course, a show isn’t complete without refreshments and a contest. On Monday June 10th from 3 – 5 PM (CT) join us for cocktails and your chance to win a GoPro.  We’ll be doing it all over again on Tuesday June 11th from 3 – 5 PM (CT) where we will continue to keep the refreshments flowing and you will have a chance to win a pair of wireless Bose headphones.

It’s going to be a great show!

Supporting Resources for Behavioral and Mental Health Design

A Partnership Focused on Evidence-Based Design Tools

hcdesign-patient-center-medical-homeOntario, Canada – For the second year in a row, Stance Healthcare, a manufacturer of furniture for healing environments, has partnered with The Center for Health Design (CHD), the principal provider of healthcare design research, education and advocacy.

This ongoing partnership continues to focus on evidence-based design tools, resources and educational opportunities for behavioral and mental health design. More specifically, the expansion of their Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox, a workshop in September and informational webinars.

Re-launched this month, the Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox contains a library of research findings, expert insights, strategies, tools, and other useful resources connecting the built environment to better health outcomes and reduced cost of care. New resources this year include 6 webinars, 1 interview, 1 lessons learned document, 1 blog and 1 list of related resources. Stance Healthcare’s partnership with the CHD has made these toolbox materials available and free to all until March 2020.

In September Stance Healthcare will once again be sponsoring a Behavioral Health workshop focused on designing for mental and behavioral health facilities. Taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, attendees will gain insights and strategies on this growing area of design.

“With increased knowledge, we are undergoing an evolution of change when it comes to designing for behavioral health environments,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We appreciate the value The Center for Health Design brings to the industry, and are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with them again on this behavioral and mental health initiative.”

To access the complete toolbox, click here.

PRESS RELEASE: A NEW Frontier for Behavioral Health

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare announced today the launch of Frontier, a rotationally-molded collection for Behavioral Health consisting of a platform bed and bedside cabinet.

Constructed with high-impact polyethylene, continuously molded for maximum durability, Frontier features rounded corners and edges, providing a safe environment for patients. These products are easy to clean, and the bed features an innovative system that supports fluid removal.

Unique is the flip-style bedside cabinet for preferred configuration, providing designers with increased flexibility and highly usable space for patients to keep their personal belongings.  The Frontier bed and bedside cabinet have a more residential appeal than other rotationally-molded products on the market. Specifically, the floor-mount system for the bed was developed to have minimal impact on the overall aesthetics of the product, helping the patient feel at ease in their environment.

“We created this collection in response to the growing demand for behavioral health products with a residential appeal,” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “In consultation with healthcare designers and facility managers, we were able to develop a product that improves that quality of life for patients while maintaining the design specifications required for intensive use environments.”

The new Frontier collection will be showcased at the most important commercial design event of the year, NeoCon from June 10-12 in Chicago, and at the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference from November 2-5 in New Orleans.

Frontier bed and bedside

Attessa Line Expansion Provides Hundreds of New Layout Options

Eblast Header (PressRelease-Attessa)Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare announced today the expansion of their popular modular lounge seating collection. Attessa’s new ‘curved’ modular components will allow for greater design flexibility in public spaces.

This sleek, versatile and comfortable lounge collection features engineered plywood and 14-gauge steel bracketing to provide enhanced durability for high-traffic areas. The nylon-webbed seat deck provides increased comfort and its heavy-duty ganging system is intuitive and easy to install.

“We wanted to expand our current Attessa line and provide our customers with enhanced design flexibility,” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “These curved components provide more layout options to enable a whole new level of creativity than before.”

Attessa in S configurationThe Attessa Collection also includes laminate or solid surface tabletops, a choice of wood or powdercoated steel legs and the option of contrasting fabrics and power integration.

Prototypes of the ‘curved’ Attessa modular components were featured at NeoCon in June of 2018 and HCD in November 2018 and received positive feedback.

 

RECAP: 2018 Product Introductions

We introduced 6 new products last year, from a modern wood seating collection to a line of case goods specifically designed for behavioral health. Find the complete list of 6 below:

Kite Metal Chair Kite Metal Seating
Ideal for patient rooms and virtually any area where space is at a premium. Available in 16” and 18” seat widths, Kite is lightweight, highly durable and can be conveniently folded and stored on a wall bracket when not in use
Carson Recliner Carson Recliner
Designed for demanding healthcare environments including triage areas, infusion treatment spaces and patient rooms. Carson offers a high level of comfort for the patient, and great ease-of-use for the caregiver or family member.
marathon_03 Marathon Seating Collection
Featuring a fully-welded 14-gauge steel frame, molded foam and a glass-filled nylon arm that is virtually indestructible. Marathon is engineered to endure high levels of use over an extended period of time.
Gibraltar Case Goods Gibraltar Case Goods for Behavioral Health
This series features rounded aluminum legs that protect the cabinet from damage and offer a contemporary, residential aesthetic.
Carson Sleep Sofa Carson Sleep Sofa
This sleeper is user-friendly, easy to clean, and highly accommodative to the space constraints of patient rooms. Available as a Sleep Sofa with back and arms, or a compact Bench Sleeper with a small footprint.
Marna Seating Collection Marna Seating Collection
This collection combines modern, minimalist aesthetics with robust engineering methods that exceed all necessary requirements for outstanding performance in healthcare environments.