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NeoCon 2017 – See You At The Show!

We’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!  From booth design and fabric selection to Facebook Live events and assembling press kits, we want this year to be our best NeoCon show yet!

Held from June 12-14 at The Mart in Chicago, you’ll find us at booth 7-2062.  If you’re planning on attending the show, make sure to stop by and take a look at our recently launched Resilia Drum Table surfaced with Marmoleum™ flooring – yes, flooring!  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, no worries, we will be hosting our first ever Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 31st at 2 PM (ET) to give you a preview of some of the products we will be highlighting at the show.  In addition, we’ll be hosting a Facebook Live event right before the show starts.  Make sure to follow us on social media to find out when.

And of course, a show isn’t complete without giveaways and contests!  If you’re in the market for a new tape measure, or are looking to relax with a cup of tea, stop by our booth to see what goodies we have in store.  If you happen to be looking for a home assistant, we’ve also got you covered!  We’ll be running a Facebook contest from June 9th – June 16th where you will have the opportunity to WIN an Amazon Echo.

Visit us at the show to find out more!

First EVER Facebook Live Event!

Join us on Wednesday, May 31st @ 2pm (ET) for our first EVER Facebook Live Event!

Christy Evangelista, Digital Marketing Specialist and Tracey Heimpel, Sales Specialist from Stance Healthcare, will be providing a sneak peek of the products we will be showcasing at NeoCon 2017.

Like our Facebook page to stay up to date and tune in on May 31st!

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Ride Big. Live Big.

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Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for Canadian men and women. As a matter of fact, every 7 minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke. Employees of Stance Healthcare will be riding the Heart & Stroke Big Bike on June 5th, 2017 to help change that.

Will you help us by making a donation today?  Stance Healthcare will be matching all donations, in an effort to help us reach our goal of $3000!

All of the money raised through Big Bike helps support 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.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY!

Making our Workplace a Little Cleaner

Earth Day 2017 was a big success! In partnership with the city of Kitchener, almost 50 Stance Healthcare volunteers participated in a 20 min clean-up that helped make the environment around our workplace a little cleaner!  Originally scheduled for a rainy Friday, we decided to defer the clean-up until April 24th so we would also have the opportunity to soak up some sun (it also made for some nicer photos)!

Check out our photos on Facebook.

Sustainability Matters

story8Earlier this year an article titled “Dear Manufacturers: Sustainability Counts” appeared on the Interiors + Sources website.  The article highlighted the importance of sustainable manufacturing practices, and how these stories often get lost among the excitement of new product developments.  In response to that article, I thought it would be of interest to share Stance Healthcare’s commitment to environmental, social and economically sustainable business practices.

As a family founded business, Stance Healthcare sees sustainability as an opportunity to evolve and adapt; to continuously look for ways that will keep the business thriving and minimize negative environmental impacts.  Nowadays sustainability isn’t only about being a good corporate citizen and the ‘feel good’ factor – it’s an industry standard.

The sustainability measures of institutional furniture manufacturers are recognized through level® certifications, which conform to the BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard. BIFMA International is the recognized leader in developing standards for the North American office and institutional furniture industry.  It was created to deliver the most open and transparent means of evaluating and communicating the environmental and social impacts of furniture products in the built environment.

Working towards product level® certifications, Stance Healthcare’s sustainability efforts began with a Sustainability Management Systems Team, which is part of the company’s overall management system.  Among other activities, the team is responsible for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing, and maintaining the Corporate Sustainability Policy. In addition, as part of our Sustainability Management System, Stance Healthcare has implemented a zero waste-to-landfill initiative.  We are continuously working to meet this goal through objectives and targets that employ strategies that will, over time, divert all waste from our manufacturing operations from being sent to the landfill.

Throughout the past few years we have implemented many new recycling programs that have significantly aided in our endeavor to reduce our waste-to-landfill by 2020. Included in our efforts are programs for the recycling of shrink wrap, wooden pallets, scrap metal, toner cartridges, plastic components, coffee pods, and organic waste. By far, our most obvious success has come from the implementation of a single stream recycling program throughout our facility. We’ve also purchased reusable coffee mugs and water bottles, prior to discontinuing the purchase of disposable coffee cups and water bottles.

As sustainability relates to energy usage, we are very proud to have reduced our energy usage by 26%* during the first year of obtaining our level® certification.  This was mainly accomplished through the installation of an energy efficient HVAC system and replacing the lighting across the entire organization to LED.  At Stance Healthcare, we recognize that our sustainability efforts are ongoing and must continue to evolve.  We welcome the challenge of discovering innovative solutions that will help us achieve our ongoing sustainability objectives and better the environment for future generations.

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A list of our level certified products can be found here.

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Employee Spotlight – Patrick, Production Manager

Employee Spotlight - PatrickCelebrating 5 years this month, Patrick is Stance Healthcare’s very own Warehouse Wizard! Working in a fast-paced ever-changing environment, Patrick and all his wisdom make daily decision that keep production flowing. It’s a good thing Patrick’s full of energy – he claims to walk at least 20 miles a day on the production floor!

Interesting Fact: Patrick has a collection of 500+ hockey pucks

 

CEU Program Hosted by Stance Healthcare

Understanding the Rapidly Changing Healthcare Market

As a design professional, CEU’s can help improve your competencies, knowledge and skills in specific areas of interior design.  At Stance Healthcare we are advocates of continuing education within the industry, especially as it relates to healthcare.  That’s why we decided to launch our own CEU program with the support of industry professionals and approval from the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being a hot topic of conversation, it’s important to remain educated on the rapidly changing healthcare market.  Our course Side Effects is designed to enhance basic understanding of current policy issues and some of the secondary effects we see in the healthcare industry. With 20+ years’ experience, Suzanne Story teaches strategies for CEU Side Effects Imageapproaching challenges and provides examples of planning, design and emerging markets as ways to capitalize on the changes.

By taking a broad look at these ideas, we hope to inspire you to find some creative ways to turn challenges into new opportunities.  It is an ever-changing healthcare landscape and examining successes, trends and partnerships can also lead to ideas for new revenue streams.

Click here for more details or email suzanne.s@stancehealthcare.com

Supporting Healthcare Design

Industry Partner of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers

AAHID 2017 Industry Partner

Stance Healthcare is proud to be a bronze partner of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID).  We believe Certified Healthcare Interior Designers are an important asset to the industry as they understand healthcare design challenges, and work towards enhancing the health, quality and safety of healthcare interior environments.  Stance Healthcare and the AAHID are both committed to transforming the healthcare environment into one for healing, improving outcomes and maximizing efficiency.

About AAHID
AAHID is a nonprofit organization committed to the development and administration of the only certification program for healthcare interior designers. It is not a membership organization, but rather an organization that board-certifies interior designers in the U.S. and Canada that specialize in acute care, ambulatory care, and residential care facility design.

Raising Awareness for Mental Health

Last month Stance Healthcare participated in Bell Let’s Talk Day 2017.  If you’re not familiar with the campaign, each time a tweet was sent on January 25th using #BellLetsTalk, Bell donated 5 cents more to mental health initiatives.  On January 25th, and for two weeks leading up to Bell Let’s Talk Day, @StanceHealth joined the conversation, raising awareness about behavioral health and mental illness on twitter.  Our actions helped raise $6,585,250 for mental health in Canada.

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2016 Community Outreach Initiatives

Stance Healthcare takes great pride in our efforts to support the community in which we live and work, both through corporate donations and by encouraging our employees to join us in our endeavors.  Below is a recap of our initiatives in 2016.

THE FOOD BANK OF WATERLOO REGION

In May 2016, we held our 2nd Annual Food Drive for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.  Hunger is a problem affecting thousands in our community, so Stance once again challenged employees to bring in non-perishable food items over a two week period.  We then donated $4 for every pound of food that was collected.  The total weight of the food donated this year was 204.5 lbs., making Stance’s monetary donation $818.00, which allowed The Food Bank to provide 2,613 meals to those in need in our community!

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CANADIAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION

Stance purchased $500 worth of tickets to a local rodeo fundraising event held on August 26th by the Canadian Diabetes Association.  This organization assists the more than 3.6 million Canadians who have diabetes, and the more than 6 million Canadians with prediabetes, to live healthy lives while they work for a cure.  The proceeds of the tickets went directly to support the charity, and the 25 tickets purchased were donated back to the organization who then dispersed them to participants of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

HOCKEY HELPS THE HOMELESS

Hockey Helps the Homeless funds solutions and projects for organizations that contribute to the ultimate goal of ending homelessness in communities across Canada.  Stance’s donation of $1000, for the tournament held on October 28th, was used to assist organizations in our local area including HHUG, oneROOF, Lutherwood, House of Friendship and the YWCA.

SALVATION ARMY FOOD & TOY DISTRIBUTION

In December 2016, we once again called upon our employees’ generosity, and as always, they managed to exceed our expectations!  We collected an amazing array of toys and books for children of all ages which were dropped off at the Salvation Army’s Food & Toy Distribution warehouse.  There they were sorted by age and gender for delivery to Community and Family Services Centres throughout our community for further distribution to local families in need.