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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Top 3 Healthcare Design Links For March

Our top links in March were solely focused on Healthcare Design…

Case StudyCase 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.

Design Can Provide Comfort for Palliative, Hospice Care Patients and Families
Hospice’s aim to comfort a patient near the end of life, rather than focusing on a cure.  This articles discusses how aesthetic design must help patients and family members cope with the situation, in addition to providing private places to talk with members of the care team.

 

Vista II Announces New Additions to the Family!

vista_II_bh_headerBased on market research and designer request, Vista II for Behavioral Health is now available in 3 configurations and 2 widths for a total of 6 options to choose from.  Constructed of attractive oval tubing and an easy-to-clean one-piece contoured seat and back, these chairs are strong, exceptionally comfortable and safe.

More specifically, the collection consists of arm and armless models available in two seat widths – 18” and 22”. Armless models are available with 4 post legs or sled base. There’s also the option to include a custom frame finish and bolt to floor brackets.

The breadth of the Vista II Behavioral Health Collection means it can be used in many applications including common areas, dining rooms, patient rooms and group therapy environments.Vista II BH Chairs

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

 

Case Study: St. Mary’s Medical Center

Providing the Ultimate Harmonization of Space

Case StudyThis 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.

Read more about how St. Mary’s was able to achieve their objectives through careful furniture, fabric and color selection.

 

Top 3 Links For February

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!”.

The Empire of Behavioral Health Seating

Empire is a one-piece, rotationally-molded plastic lounge chair designed for intensive use environments. Durability and ergonomics come together in the Empire to provide maximum strength, comfort and safety.

A great alternative to our Valiant lounge chair, the Empire features tamperproof fasteners, a 1500lb static load weight rating, and is easy to clean.  This lounger has a variety of safety features including the option to have the chairs bolted together or have weight added.

Empire Behavioral Health Seating

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.