With a keen eye for design and an appetite for business strategy, Carl found his passion in the healthcare industry. Over ten years ago Carl began building a business dedicated to providing quality healthcare furniture and exceptional customer service. Initially a manufacturer of metal chairs for waiting rooms, Stance Healthcare has rapidly expanded the breadth and depth of their furniture selection in a very short period.
The organization has seen exponential growth over the past few years; and its success wouldn’t have been possible without a steady stream of innovative products, fabulous customers, talented individuals, and preferred suppliers.
In celebration, Stance Healthcare hosted a company function for staff on Friday, June 16th. The afternoon was filled with games, prizes, lunch and of course cake!
The future is looking good. In consultation with behavioral health practitioners, facility managers, and housekeeping staff, Stance Healthcare will continue to provide the market with innovative healthcare & behavioral health furniture designs, educational opportunities, and enhanced customer service.
After a year of preparation and anticipation, it’s over in a matter of days. NeoCon, the 3-day event that attracts over 50,000 design professionals, is one of the most recognized trade shows in the commercial design industry. The show inspires design, is fashion forward and has lots of opportunity for industry networking and site seeing.
We were proud to be exhibiting this year; showing off some of our recently released healthcare furniture products, and a few still in their infancy. If the crowds or long elevator lines prevented you from visiting us at the show, below is a recap of the products we had on display:
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Thank you to everyone who fought the crowds and took the time to visit our booth. Also, a special “shout-out” to InDeal, Interiors + Sources and My Resource Library for sharing the love of our space and healthcare furniture designs on social media.
This month’s most popular links were focused on color and innovative design.
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 has been created to give people a phycological boost. Earlier this month we shared on Twitter a design mix using Natural Optimism – it received a lot of love!
Colour Theory in Healthcare Design: Altro’s Thoughts on Selecting Finishes
Many interior designers are familiar with the importance of evidence-based design principles to reduce patient stress in healthcare facilities. They also realize determining color for a healthcare facility requires careful consideration. This article explains how employing a biophilic design strategy is helping designers create comforting and relaxing healthcare environments.
Drum Roll Please! Everyone must have been just as excited as we were this month when we launched Resilia. This drum table offers a heightened level of durability with its innovative Marmoleum™ surface (yes, flooring product!). The Marmoleum offers enhanced resilience, easy maintenance and is available in a wide range of finishes and textures. Resilia is the epitome of innovative product design for healthcare.
Our top clicked-through links in April focused on designing for behavioral health environments.
Vista II Announces New Additions To The Family! There was a lot of interest in our Vista II for Behavioral Health. It’s now available in 3 configurations and 2 widths for a total of 6 options to choose from! With this many options, it can be used in many different applications including common areas, dining rooms, patient rooms and group therapy environments.
Designs That Heal This article identifies the trend towards non-institutional behavioral health spaces. It also includes a list of design features considered to be most important for patients and staff such as specifying damage-resistant and attractive furnishings, with a focus on using durable furniture that doesn’t look institutional.
Creating A Positive First Impression With Healthcare Lobbies Traditional stark and noisy lobbies are out! More emphasis is being placed on creating warm healthcare lobbies with hospitality-like features. Some of these features include comfortable couches, educational kiosks, and soaring views that bathe visitors in natural daylight. The article also touches on the expanding role of lobbies and waiting areas to include cafés and retail spaces. Waiting rooms are no longer just for “waiting”.
Our top links in March were solely focused on Healthcare Design…
Case Study- St. Mary’s Medical Center
This case study looks at the remodeling of St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center, an NCQA certified patient centered medical home. In their latest transformation, St. Mary’s objective was to design three differentiated spaces while still providing a cohesive healing environment.
Bad Hospital Design is Making Us Sicker It’s no secret that hospital acquired infections and falls are major issues for many hospitals due to poor design. This article looks at additional bad design features and highlights the need to change the way we build, maintain and work in hospitals in order to promote rest and healing.
In February, it was evident that people were interested in reading about trending topics. Our top social media links focused on design trends as well as an article discussing the continually trending topic of big data.
6 Behavioral Health Design Trends The 6 behavioral health design trends discussed in this article not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. They include quick patient assessments, integrated care, telemedicine, inpatient beds, strengthened outpatient services and specialty programs.
We’re Finally Realizing the Promise of Big Data Combining predictive and prescriptive analytics holds enormous potential for healthcare providers to improve efficiency and quality of care. This article states that by tracking historical trends, hospitals can predict disease outbreaks in their community and brace for an influx of patients.
Words To Live By Carl Kennedy, President of Stance Healthcare, and reading enthusiast, published an article on LinkedIn last month highlighting his top 5 books for personal growth. In this article, you’ll find out why the book titled “Today Matters” is his all time favorite, and which book inspires him to “Just Do It!”.
Last month, Stance Healthcare participated in the #BellLetsTalk campaign (you can read more about our involvement here). Therefore, two of our most read articles in January weren’t related to healthcare design, but instead discussed behavioral health and mental illness. Check them out below:
Duchess Kate Perfectly Nails Why People Don’t Seek Mental Health Help Kate explains the challenge that so many people have is not knowing how to take that first step of reaching out to another person for help. She also states that fear, or a sense of not wanting to burden another, means that people suffer in silence ― allowing the problem to grow larger and larger unchecked.
Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas For 2017 One of the Top 5 Healthcare Design Ideas for 2017 includes facility upgrades to therapeutic environments that will balance regulatory concerns and safety. Securing furniture to walls and floors are one of the safety upgrades to be considered. Furniture specific for the behavioral healthcare environment include sled bases and bolt-to-floor brackets that will aid in safety for patients and caregivers.
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.
Color is Key Component in Room Design Whether designing a space for your home, or a healthcare facility, color is always a key component. Colors that evoke a calming and relaxing atmosphere are ideal for healthcare spaces. In this article, you’ll read about psychology to color, and that every shade in the spectrum can create an emotional and even a physical response.
Of Course, we couldn’t forget to include the info sheet we created titled What is Behavioral Health Furniture. This info sheet explains that when purchasing furniture for an intensive environment, safety, durability and cleanability are all major factors to consider.
This week Stance released another product to its line of Behavioral Health furniture. The Valiant is a one-piece, rotationally-molded plastic lounge chair designed for intensive use environments. Its durability and ergonomics provide maximum strength, comfort and safety.
It features tamperproof fasteners, can hold up to 1500lbs, is stain-resistant and super-easy to clean! The Valiant also provides the option of stand-alone use, or it can be ganged together. For added safety and security, you can add weight to the chair, or bolt it in place. Available in black, blue gray, brown, green and slate blue, the Valiant would make a great addition to any healthcare facility!