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.

Our Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for January

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.

Routine That Supports Good Mental Health
Routines make healthy choices easier and reduce stress. Routines that include some of these habits, can help support emotional health:

·       A healthy breakfast
·       Exercise
·       Prioritize your to-do list
·       Appreciate what’s good in your life
·       Build and enjoy your relationships

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.

Below are some of our key moments:

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!

pic1

 

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.

Vista II Highback Now Available in 3 Seat Widths

If you like the original Vista II, you’ll love the Highback version – now available in 21″, 24″ and 31″ seat widths.

A beautiful synthesis of form, adaptability and comfort, the Vista II Highback features a fully welded 14-gauge powder-coated steel frame, replaceable seat and back covers, and a frame designed to protect walls.  This patient chair comes with a round or square back, as well as a flex-back option on selected sizes.

A perfect addition to any patient room!

vistaII_highback_header

Complete Our 2 Minute Survey

surveyYou Could WIN A $100, $300 or $500 VISA Gift Card!

We want to hear from you!  At Stance Healthcare we are dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare furniture, along with the resources required to make an informed selection and/or purchasing decision.  Let us know what resources you need to make your decision easier, in addition to any new or modified healthcare furniture you would like to see available from Stance Healthcare in 2017. Your participation is appreciated and will help us provide you with the products and resources you need.  Click below to get started.

Complete Our Survey

Rules and Regulations

 

Our Top 3 Healthcare Design Links for December

Hospital’s use of Copper Surfaces Helped it Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections
An interesting low cost study on how using copper (instead of plastic and wood) on high-touch surfaces within a hospital facility, can reduce hospital-acquired infections by up to 60 percent!

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.

What is Behavioral Health Furniture
what_is_bh

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.

 

 

2016 – Year in Review

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we look back at 2016 and our accomplishments…

accent_images2

Top Selling Product of the Year!
Having started out as metal Seating specialists, it’s only natural that the Accent to would be our most popular product of 2016.  Metal-frame seating continues to be common among the industry because they are versatile and well-suited for waiting areas, patient rooms, cafeterias, and administrative spaces.  Not only does the Accent provide versatility, it’s also comfortable, efficient, easily cleaned and durable enough to withstand intensive use.

 

bh-furniture-2016

New Behavioral Health Furniture
Dedicated to providing clients with more options when designing their healthcare spaces, we launched over 30 new products this year alone!  In addition, as demand for Behavioral Health products notably grew in 2016, we increased our Behavioral Health Furniture collection to include the Caliber, Valiant, Onward Bench and Heavy Duty Tables. Each of these furnishings are specifically designed to meet the needs of the Behavioral Health sector. Due to popular demand, we will continue to expand our Behavioral Health Furniture collection in 2017, with designs focused on comfort, safety and extreme durability.  Stay tuned!

 
new-building-260x260

Manufacturing Facilities Expansion
Lastly, we can’t forget the BIG move that happened in October. Our staff dedicated their time over the course of a single week to make the move.  We doubled our manufacturing facility and are now located at 45 Goodrich Drive in Kitchener, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

A Valiant Addition to Behavioral Health Seating

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!

valaint_header