Stance Healthcare Awarded Supplier Contract by Premier

Supplier Contract for Healthcare FurnitureOntario, Canada – Effective immediately, Stance Healthcare has been awarded a group purchasing agreement with Premier. Premier operates one of the largest national Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO) in the United States, with membership of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and more than 150,000 other provider organizations.

Stance Healthcare’s extensive collection of patient seating, recliners, bariatric seating, sleepover seating, guest seating, lounge seating, occasional tables and casegoods for General and Behavioral Healthcare applications are now offered in Premier’s carefully selected portfolio of choices to alliance members.

“As a growing manufacturer of healthcare furniture and a leader in Behavioral Health solutions, we are honored to be awarded this opportunity to provide quality furniture to members of Premier’s alliance of hospitals and health systems,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We look forward to building a successful and collaborative long-term partnership with Premier based on creating value for their members”.

Members of Premier’s group purchasing organization select vendors they feel offer the highest quality products at the best value. Criteria can vary by category and is designed by members who have subject matter expertise on the product category being reviewed. Criteria includes; quality, safety, clinical impact, cost effectiveness, physician preference, environmental impact, diversity, breakthrough potential and member input.

Proud Sponsor of CHD Webinar Art + Science

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On January 25th, The Center for Health Design is hosting a free webinar with 2017 Changemaker Award winner, Dr. Shepley.

Art and Science.  In their finest expressions, they are one and the same. We face complex problems and no single approach can provide all the answers.  One cannot be a socially responsible designer or scientist without using both intuition and research. This presentation will cite historical and contemporary examples of individuals who support their simultaneous use to achieve creativity. The presentation will include a discussion of the definitions of art and science and the nature of the human mind.

Participants will:

  • become aware of the relationship between art and science from ancient times to the present.
  • explore the definitions of art and science.
  • become exposed to theories regarding the nature of the human mind relative to the debate regarding the meaning of art and science.
  • evaluate themselves on the spectrum or artistic orientation versus scientific orientation.

More information here.

Stance Healthcare Welcomes Northwest Interior Solutions

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of Northwest Interior Solutions manufacturers rep group to the team.

Northwest Interior Solutions will represent Stance Healthcare products in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Partners, Gordon Ware and Joel London have over 40 years of experience working in the commercial furniture industry and are well-informed of current industry trends and developments.

“The desire to have Gordon and Joel represent Stance Healthcare was their understanding of the commercial furniture industry in the Northwest,” says Craig Gustafson, National Sales Director. “With shared corporate values and an emphasis on excellent customer service, we feel confident that this group will be strong representatives of Stance Healthcare products in the healthcare furniture marketplace”.

This partnership is very exciting for both organizations. It provides Stance Healthcare with a more significant presence in the Northwest, and it provides Northwest Interior Solutions with a broader healthcare furniture offering including specialty products for behavioral health environments.

 

Stance Healthcare Receives Recognition as a ‘Living Wage’ Employer

Living Wage EmployeerOntario, Canada – Living Wage Waterloo Region and the Ontario Living Wage Network recently certified Stance Healthcare as a Living Wage employer at the “Champion” level.  As the 171st employer in Ontario to achieve this qualification, Stance Healthcare strongly encourages other companies to join them in this demonstration of commitment to both their employees, and the community.

Stance Healthcare recognizes that providing all employees with at least a living wage is a critical investment in the long–term prosperity of the local economy and fosters a dedicated, skilled, and healthy workforce.  A living wage is the hourly wage required to not just cover expenses, but also to support inclusion in community life and recreational activities.  The calculation is based on a family of four, consisting of two adults who both work full-time, and two young children. Factors in the calculation include the costs for things like rent, food, transportation, hydro and child care, which is why the living wage varies from one region to the next.

“We are proud to be recognized as a Living Wage employer in the Waterloo Region. As a small business that is family owned and operated, it is deep-rooted in our organizational culture to provide our ‘extended family’ with good quality of life,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “Our employees are our most valuable asset and the success of our business is a direct result of their organizational commitment and ability to prosper.”

Research indicates that employees earning a living wage are more likely to put money back into the community supporting them, are more productive and loyal in the workplace, and are healthier overall.

“Providing a living wage is a win-win for everyone.” says Brian Kennedy, Operations Manager. “In an industry that is accustomed to high turnover, we have loyal and committed employees – many have been with us since the company first opened its doors over 10 years ago.”

To find out more about Living Wages, visit www.ontariolivingwage.ca and www.livingwagewr.org.

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Top Links for 2017

Our top links shared on social media in 2017 included company news and a new color offering from Pantone:

Midwest Representation
In August, Stance Healthcare announced the addition of the Lyons Company manufacturers rep group to the team.  They currently represent Stance in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.

NeoCon 2017 – Product Sneak Peek
Christy Evangelista, Digital Marketing Specialist and Tracey Heimpel, Sales Specialist from Stance Healthcare, provided a sneak peek of the products that were being showcased at NeoCon 2017.

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 was created to give people a phycological boost. In May, we shared  a design mix on Twitter using Natural Optimism – it received a lot of love.

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Employees Help Build Toy Mountain

This year on Giving Tuesday, November 28th, our employees began collecting toys and books for the 2nd year in a row to help build Toy Mountain. The two-week-long drive saw over 100+ toys and books collected for less fortunate children in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Our customer service reps personally filled each of their cars with the donations and delivered them to the local television station, CTV Kitchener, where the toys and books were added to help build Toy Mountain.

Watch the video of Clint and Tracey’s donation on CTV Kitchener:

Top Healthcare Design Links for November

Below are our most popular healthcare design posts for the month of November:

Facebook Live – Healthcare Design Sneak Peek
In advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference, we gave Facebook viewers a sneak peek of some of our new healthcare furniture pieces currently in development including Jensen Wood Seating and the Carson Recliner.

5 Resources for Behavioral Health Designers
We’ve provided behavioral health designers with a list of resources to help them when designing intensive use spaces.

How to Effectively Use Color in Treatment Facilities
While experts say that there is no one-size-fits-all approach in using color in treatment center design, there are some general tips in this article for a do-no-harm approach.

5 Resources for Behavioral Health Designers

Behavioral Health design is a critical component of patient care that comes with its own set of challenges. Consideration must be given to the healing environment, populations served, current research and industry regulations. Below are some resources to help you get started on your next Behavioral Health design project:

Design for Mental and Behavioral Health

Design for Mental and Behavioral Health
By Mardelle McCuskey Shepley and Samira Pasha
This book summarizes design principles and design research for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities and those wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities. The authors discuss mental and behavioral health systems, design guidelines, design research and existing standards, and provide examples of best practices.

Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities
The Facility Guidelines Institute – By James M. Hunt and David M. Sine
This design guide provides fundamental design requirements for behavioral health facilities and helps providers and design teams develop physical environments that support safe and effective behavioral health services. It also includes best practices for protecting patients and staff.

Common Mistakes in Designing Psychiatric Hospitals
The Facility Guidelines Institute – By James M. Hunt and David M. Sine
This document addresses patient and staff safety concerns when designing behavioral health facilities, the general layout for psychiatric units, as well as the varying levels of precautions. It also includes a risk assessment matrix to use in the planning process.

Design Research and Behavioral Health Facilities
The Center for Health Design – By Mardelle M. Shepley and Samira Pasha
This document is focused on linking research to behavioral health design and summarizes research findings from over 115 articles. Ultimately the document provides design considerations and best practices for behavioral health facilities, as suggested by research results and experts in the field.

Mental Health Facilities
Department of Veterans Affairs
This design guide provides technical architectural and engineering specifications, as well as emphasizing principles and strategies for building state-of-the-art, recovery-oriented environments for mental health settings in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Resilia Drum Table Receives GOLD Nightingale Award

This morning our Resilia Drum Table received the GOLD Nightingale Award in the furniture collections category.

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The Nightingale Awards honor new products that are exhibited at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in November. Presented by Contract and Healthcare Design magazines in partnership with the Center for Health Design, the Nightingale Awards recognize contribution to the healthcare built environment through product design and innovation that contributes to healing.  Complete List of Winners

 

4 Behavioral Health Educational Sessions You’ll Want to Attend

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Healthcare Design Expo + Conference – November 2017

The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference taking place this November has an abundance of educational sessions, workshops, and tours for attendees to take advantage of.  This year the conference is offering four educational sessions discussing recent developments in behavioral health, and the various environments and design factors that foster effective care. Sunday is jam-packed with these informative sessions led by industry thought leaders:

Design for Mental and Behavioral Health
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

his session will provide an overview of design research on mental and behavioral health facilities. The narrative includes a systematic review of the literature on design research; summarizes population research; and provides case studies for facilities including acute care, outpatient and emergency care, residential care, and the treatment of chemical dependency. The session is ideal for individuals who are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities and those wishing to evaluate the quality of their existing facilities. Presenters will also discuss mental and behavioral health models, design guidelines, design research, and existing standards, and provide examples of best practice.

Walk in their Footsteps: Research into Elders with Neurocognitive Disorders and their Environment
Sunday, November 12, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Neurocognitive disorders often affect the elder population, resulting in memory and cognition issues with behaviors that can include wandering, aggression, or apathy. This session will present the results of a research study done using a customized iPad application that tracked the behavior, walking patterns, and repetitive motions of an elderly population with dementia. This template will specifically focus on the interaction between elements of the designed environment and the person’s resulting behavior. Attendees will explore how the designed environment can mitigate neurocognitive disorder symptoms. Take away this tool that can be used in pre-design and post-design phases.

Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope
Sunday, November 12, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Adolescence can be a tumultuous time in one’s life. Mental health conditions often surface during this stage, and it may be the first time that some patients enter an inpatient behavioral health unit. How can design best support this patient population that is transitioning from childhood to adulthood? Learn how a design team utilized research, Lean processes, and innovation to solve the challenges of this unique patient population for the 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit in Tacoma, Wash. Find out how design can support a seclusion- and restraint-free care model and how pushing beyond the conventions of behavioral healthcare design was achieved.

The Medical Behavioral Unit: Enhancing Patient Safety and Experience Through Design
Sunday, November 12, 2017: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

With no known precedent, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pursued a vision to develop a new pediatric patient care unit: one that would meet the requirements and licensure of an acute care unit, but would provide a safe and supportive environment for patients with a comorbid developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric diagnosis. A multidisciplinary team worked together to envision, plan, and design an environment to support a new model of care for this unique population. Key elements of the project—a remodel of an existing unit—include patient, family, and staff health; circadian lighting; biophilic design; and safety.