Riding the Big Bike

The chance of rain didn’t prevent the staff at Stance Healthcare from participating in the Heart and Strokes Big Bike fundraising event yesterday.  Decked out in rain gear; Stance Healthcare employees filled the 29-seater Big Bike and rode for 20 minutes through the streets of Kitchener.  Staff raised over $3000 for the popular fundraising event, which was generously matched by Stance Healthcare, for a combined total of over $6000!!

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.

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Additional photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for May

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.

 

Riviera Creates A Welcoming Aesthetic

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Riviera’s welcoming aesthetic will enhance the entrance of any Behavioral Health public space.

The collection includes a single lounge chair, love seat, and three-seat sofa. Riviera features many design considerations that deter misuse or mishandling including non-removable cushions and legs, as well as unexposed fasteners and upholstery staples.

Pair the Riviera Lounge Chair with our new Resilia Drum Table for a look that is residential in appearance, without sacrificing safety and security.

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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Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for April

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.Vista II BH Chairs

 

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”.

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!

Drum Roll Please! Introducing….Resilia

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The Resilia Drum Table offers a heightened level of durability with its innovative Marmoleum™ surface, weighted steel plinth base and solid surface top. A range of powder coat and solid surface finishes are available, plus custom sizes may be specified to meet particular needs.

Marmoleum™, typically a flooring product, offers enhanced resilience, easy maintenance and is available in a wide range of finishes and textures.Finishes

Concealed fasteners and non-removable glides also make this table perfect for behavioral health environments. The modern clean design provides an overall appearance that is less institutional.  Resilia is the epitome of innovative product design for healthcare.

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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