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Ground zero: The importance of sterile healthcare environments in the era of the Coronavirus

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The rapid spread of the Coronavirus has the world’s attention, and for good reason. As of mid-February, more than 75,000 cases of the mysterious, deadly disease have been recorded, with new infections still being reported at staggering rates both in and outside of its origin of China.

Containment measures are a primary concern for those following the Coronavirus spread, as allegations of lack of transparency regarding climbing infection rates add another layer of complexity to the epidemic. While questions surrounding the modes of transmission continue to loom, one thing is certain: The quality of healthcare environments and protocols can significantly impact the scale at which infectious diseases are either contained or spread.

From treatment rooms to waiting areas, everything in a healthcare setting – from the furnishings to the air quality – can either encourage or stifle the spread of infectious disease. It’s a consideration that healthcare facility managers take seriously, as 7 of every 100 hospitalized patients at any given time will acquire at least one health care-associated infection. Because controlling the spread of disease and minimizing the number of healthcare-associated infections are top concerns for any healthcare setting, facility planners must consider cleanable fabrics and overall materials, including those for surfaces, when selecting furniture.

Stance Healthcare is proud to support and use textiles with these specifications in mind. Whether it be for lounge seating, case goods, drum tables, or occasional tables in a healthcare setting, we offer and encourage the selection of surface finish options that withstand proper cleaning better than traditional wood, such as powder-coated steel, Corian® Solid Surface selections, and rigid polyester. And, our germ-containing safeguards don’t stop at surfaces: From our Stinson® healthcare surface material selections that offer antimicrobial protection, bleach-solution cleanability, soil and stain resistance, and fluid-barrier protection, to our Momentum endurance fabrics, Stance Healthcare strives to prioritize safety for every patient, visitor, and caretaker in the healthcare settings we furnish.

No matter the disease need, we encourage healthcare facility planners and designers to always consider the worst-case scenario – from a flu outbreak to the Coronavirus – when planning for the everyday, by choosing materials that encourage sterility, cleanability, and safety.

Stance Healthcare Launches Huxley, Expands Frontier Collection

The Stance Healthcare team is proud to share not one, but two new product announcements this month. On February 13, we welcomed Huxley, a new lounge seating collection, and expanded our acclaimed Frontier case goods collection for Behavioral Health. Here’s a look at what makes each of these new offerings special:

  • Huxley Lounge Seating: Huxley is an evolution of our popular Cassia and Carson lounge collections, which offer durable, easy-to-clean seating options for myriad uses and healthcare settings. Updated chair legs, as well as bench and table selections offered in multiple sizes, are features unique to the Huxley collection. View the brochure here and press release here.
  • Frontier Case Goods for Behavioral Health – New Desk and Shelving: A desk and two shelving options join the award-winning bed and flip-style bedside table in our Frontier collection. The new products continue the line’s signature emphasis on durability with a comforting aesthetic and were developed to prioritize safety. View the updated brochure here and press release here.

We’re looking forward to supporting more healthcare and Behavioral Health environments through these new product offerings. And with several more initiatives up our sleeve, we’re just getting started on an exciting year ahead. Stay tuned for what’s coming next from our innovative, hard-working Stance Healthcare team this spring and the remainder of 2020!

Stance Healthcare Launches Huxley Lounge Seating Collection

Designed for modern healthcare settings, collection offers seating, benches, tables

TORONTO, ON (February 18, 2020) – Stance Healthcare, a furniture designer and manufacturer for healthcare and Behavioral Health facilities, has announced the launch of Huxley, a lounge seating collection featuring seating, benches and a wide selection of coordinating occasional tables. The new products showcase Stance Healthcare’s signature comfort-meets-function design philosophy while offering a contemporary aesthetic suited for modern healthcare environments.

Huxley is an evolution of Stance Healthcare’s successful Cassia and Carson lounge collections, which include durable, easy-to-clean seating options for myriad uses and healthcare settings. Updated chair legs, as well as bench and table selections, are features unique to the Huxley collection.

“Our furniture merges comfort and function, anticipating the unique needs of the patients, visitors, and caregivers using every room – from the waiting area to inpatient treatment rooms,” said Carl Kennedy, Stance Healthcare’s president. “With its contemporary styling and enhanced structural integrity, Huxley is the latest example of how Stance Healthcare is replacing yesterday’s ‘doctor’s office furniture’ with innovative products that are designed to endure, but still offer a residential feel.”

Huxley seating includes single lounge, two-seat lounge, and three-seat lounge options, which all feature invisible fasteners and concealed clean-out space between the seat and back. Heavy-duty glides are also non-marring to protect floors from damage. The collection’s benches are offered in two-seat and three-seat sizes, with coordinating Huxley tables available in five freestanding table shapes and sizes.

The collection features a Limited Lifetime Warranty and is LEVEL® certified as environmentally-preferable and socially responsible office furniture. Huxley seating, benches, and tables are available to purchase by calling Stance Healthcare customer service at 1-877-395-2623.

Huxley lounge seating in waiting room environment

Stance Healthcare Expands Award-Winning Behavioral Health Collection

Frontier collection adds desk, shelving to innovative line designed to support dignity, healing

TORONTO, ON (February 13, 2020) – Stance Healthcare, a furniture designer and manufacturer specializing in Behavioral Health spaces, has added two new products to their award-winning Frontier collection. The acclaimed product line now includes two shelving units and desk, in addition to the 2019 Nightingale Gold Award-winning bed and bedside table. The latest offerings are available for purchase Thursday, February 13.

These new products continue the Stance Healthcare collection’s signature emphasis on durability with a comforting aesthetic. As with the bed and flip-style, multi-use bedside table, the bookshelf and desk were developed with a goal of “realistic functionality” that prioritizes safety. The rotationally-molded products feature rounded corners and are manufactured with naturally pick-proof materials for patients experiencing Behavioral Health treatment.

“With a variety of care modules evolving for Behavioral Health, yesterday’s one-size-fits-all approach to interior design no longer works. The various areas of the facility must be treated independently,” said Suzanne Fawley, Stance Healthcare’s Behavioral Health interior designer who developed the Frontier line with the company. “The Frontier line supports each patient’s specific treatment experience, making the caretaking process easier, cleaner, and less interruptive – while offering a less clinical, more residential feel.”

In addition to the new desk, the line expansion offers both two-shelf and three-shelf wall mount unit options. The design style behind the shelving follows that of the award-winning Frontier collection: They accommodate patients’ specific needs, per treatment need and length of stay. The two-shelf option offers patients convenient storage for journaling or coloring book therapy, or alternately as clothing storage for a short-term stay. The three-shelf option can accommodate approved personal and expanded clothing items for a longer period of stay. Both options offer a pleasing aesthetic which eliminates visual clutter, thus supporting a quiet environment for Behavioral Health patients in treatment.

“As pioneers in Behavioral Health design, Stance Healthcare innovates award-winning products that prioritize dignity in the treatment process, improving the quality of healthcare experiences for patients, visitors, and caregivers,” said Carl Kennedy, Stance Healthcare’s president. “We are proud of the way our Frontier collection addresses these unique needs and are looking forward to offering even more furniture options with the shelving and desk additions.”

Stance Healthcare’s Behavioral Health products, including the Frontier collection, support the evolving demand for increased Mental & Behavioral Health treatment facilities across the U.S. The Frontier shelving and desks are available to purchase by calling Stance Healthcare customer service at 1-877-395-2623 beginning February 13. To learn more about the Frontier case goods collection, visit stancehealthcare.com/items/frontier/.

Frontier Collection in Behavioral Health patient room

Behavioral Health Design Webinars & Workshops

Once again, we have partnered with The Center for Healthcare Design (CHD) to provide resources and educational opportunities to the design community. This year we are sponsoring two webinar series and two interactive workshops focused on designing for mental and behavioral health environments.

The first webinar will take place on February 27th at 1pm EST and will focus on the building as a therapeutic tool. The webinar highlights a case study of the ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development and explores how the design caused the building itself to become a tool for therapy, learning, and teaching. The second webinar that day will take place at 3pm EST and will focus on adapting existing healthcare spaces to suit behavioral health requirements. During this webinar there will be discussion regarding the complexity, terminology and methodology of designing a behavioral health facility. The date and content of the second webinar series will be announced shortly.

We’ve been supporting the Center for Health Design’s Behavioral Health Strategic Design Workshops since they began a few years ago. This year, the workshops will take place on May 21st in Los Angeles, CA, and September 23rd in Baltimore, MD. At each of these workshops you will hear the industry’s leading behavioral health facility design experts share how design is making a difference in the lives of children and adults faced with behavioral and mental health conditions.

Behavioral Health Design Workshop

As always, we enjoy partnering with the Center for Health Design so that we may help provide programs of value to the diverse healthcare design industry.

Welcoming a Bright, Busy Year Ahead

Happy New Year! 2020 is just a few weeks old, but in many ways, this has already been a year of big wins for Stance Healthcare. Our team has long been hard at work to prepare the next wave of products and resources bringing our unique mission to market. On the heels of a fantastic 2019, here’s a sneak peek at what we’re looking forward to in the year ahead:

  • A new venue for experiencing our products. As demand for our innovative healthcare furniture grows, Stance Healthcare will soon provide potential customers with a new opportunity to experience our products in-person. Stay tuned for more on this exciting development in early spring! In the meantime, here’s a hint: Our American friends won’t need a passport to get there.
  • Focusing on Behavioral Health. As pioneers in Behavioral Health design, Stance Healthcare innovates award-winning products that prioritize dignity in the treatment process, improving the quality of healthcare experiences for patients, visitors, and caregivers. We’ll continue working in 2020 to meet this growing need with more products that support healing environments – beginning with new product announcements as soon as February.
  • High standards that hold our mission accountable. There’s never been a better time to practice sustainability – and at Stance Healthcare, it’s always a priority as we consider the comfort and quality of materials for patients. As we continue to expand our product offerings, Stance Healthcare’s commitment to bringing trustworthy products to the healthcare environments we serve will grow along with us.
  • Advancing our expertise in the healthcare space. Stance Healthcare is proud to be recognized as a trailblazer and expert in the healthcare design industry. In 2020, we’ll continue honing our expertise in the rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. To name just a few opportunities we’re excited about: In addition to attending two workshops on Behavioral Health specifically, Stance Healthcare is looking forward to participating in the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, continuing our presence at NeoCon, and having a larger booth at this year’s Healthcare Design Expo and Conference.
  • A new look for our brand. This year, we’re rolling out a refreshed look for the Stance Healthcare brand! Our team is in the process of developing new brand standards and materials that better communicate our aesthetic and design philosophy.

These are just a few of the many exciting initiatives I’m excited to lead the Stance Healthcare team toward this year. We look forward to serving you in 2020!

Carl

Continued Support for the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers

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For the second year in a row we have committed to being a Gold level partner for the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers.  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.

Product Highlights from 2019

One of the greatest highlights from last year was launching 9 new product collections, and having one of them earn the prestigious Nightingale Gold Award in the category of furniture collections.  Below is a recap of the products we launched in 2019:

Attessa Jr. Modular Seating Collection 
Inspired by our Attessa modular lounge seating collection, Attessa Jr. is designed for children and offers flexible designs for a wide range of pediatric spaces. The child-friendly modular components of Attessa Jr. are built with durability and safety as a top priority.

Upholstered Drum Tables
Providing versatility in healthcare environments, these drum tables are available in a variety of sizes and combinations, and can also be used for additional seating or as an ottoman.

Porto Bench
The beautiful design of our Porto Bench has been well received by the contract furniture industry.  It was included in seating spotlights for both Healthcare Design Magazine and Interiors + Sources Magazine.

Verity for Behavioral Health
Our popular Verity Lounge Seating Collection was redesigned for behavioral health environments and includes safety features such as no exposed fasteners and upholstery staples, as well as a non-removable cushion and steel legs.

Verona Lounge Collection
Verona’s eye-catching aesthetic will transform any healthcare public space. Collection includes single lounge chair , love seat and three-seat sofa, all available with an optional contrasting fabric band.

Zurich Occasional Table
The Zurich collection includes coordinating coffee tables and end tables, in a classic modern style as the perfect finishing touch to any sitting area.

Kalarne Lounge Collection
Combining a classical, residential aesthetic and a highly comfortable sit, Kalarne is ideal for today’s healthcare spaces. Kalarne Lounge chair can also be combined with the Kalarne love-seat and three-seat sofa for a continuous aesthetic.

Carson Lounge Collection
Designed for both healthcare and behavioral health environments. Carson Lounge Seating Collection offers a clean, rectilinear profile that conceals a structural steel framework and ensures a high level of durability.

Frontier Furniture Collection
Our award-winning rotationally-molded furniture collection for behavioral health is unique to the industry. The bed includes an innovative fluid management system and multi-use, “flip-style” bedside cabinet that supports various treatment modules. Also launching in early 2020 are coordinating desk, desk chair and wall-mount shelves.

Stance Healthcare is MAS Certified Green®

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare [Stance], a healthcare furniture manufacturer, receives MAS Certified Green® Low VOC Emitting Materials Certification.

Committed to continuous improvement in furniture sustainability, Stance voluntarily participated to have their products undergo rigorous volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions testing through the MAS Certified Green® program.

The drive behind emission testing is to limit the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into indoor environments. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

Being Certified Green® is confirmation that Stance’s healthcare furniture has been thoughtfully designed and manufactured to dramatically lower chemical emissions released into the indoor healthcare environment.

“This is the future of manufacturing. We voluntarily participate in sustainability programs so that our customers know they can trust the products we are manufacturing for healthcare environments,” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “When developing products, we consider the environmental impact we have and look for sustainable solutions to our manufacturing processes.”

If you require more information on the MAS Certified Green® Low VOC Emitting Materials Certification please visit www.mascertfiedgreen.com.

 

Frontier Collection Wins Gold Nightingale Award

Last week at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, our Frontier Collection won the GOLD Nightingale Award in the furniture collections category.

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

Read the full press release here.

Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 Podcast Featuring Suzanne Fawley

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Healthcare Interior Design 2.0 just released their latest episode featuring our very own Behavioral Health Interior Design consultant Suzanne Fawley. Have a listen.

Part 1: Suzanne Fawley – Behavioral Health Consultant at Stance Healthcare on her early childhood experiences in the ED where her mother was an RN and the director of the department. “There were times when the school bus let me off at the hospital,” explains Suzanne. “Most of the time I watched people, and noticed how they processed anger or hurt and pain, and illness.” This and more on the changing face of behavioral health design in part 1.

Part 2: In the second half of Cheryl’s conversation with Suzanne Fawley, Suzanne breaks down her first furniture design for Stance Healthcare, which won the Resilia/HD Nightingale Award. Suzanne shares, “Resilia offers the same cylinder shape table that is often seen in the industry, however, the surround is made out of forbo marmoleum which is an asbestos free flooring. You can’t pick at it and pull it apart or make it into a weapon. So it is very safe.” This and more on the intricacies of furniture built specifically for the behavioral health setting, and offered by Stance Healthcare.

New Products: Upholstered Drum Tables & Attessa Jr.

This month we launched two new collections. First, our Upholstered Drum Tables are available in a variety of sizes with an optional plinth base and/or solid surface top. These tables offer versatility in healthcare environments since they can also be used for additional seating or as an ottoman. Second, inspired by our Attessa modular lounge seating collection, Attessa Jr. is designed for children and offers flexible designs for a wide range of pediatric spaces. The child-friendly modular components of Attessa Jr. are build with durability and safety as a top priority.

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But there’s more! You asked for it, and we’ve delivered. Our popular Cassia Lounge Collection is now available with open arms! Finally, we’ve also introduced a woodgrain powedercoat finish for our Kite Metal Folding Chairs. This finish has the warm look of wood, but the durability of metal. You can also view the Kite Metal Folding Chair in a woodgrian powdercoat finish at Healthcare Design Conference + Expo from November 3rd – 5th in New Orleans.

Stance Healthcare Launches New Website

 

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare (Stance), a leader in healthcare furniture, is proud to announce the launch of their redesigned website. This site is product-focused, allowing manufacturer representatives, dealers, and the architecture and design community to navigate the site efficiently when researching healthcare furniture.

The website has been updated with a modern and minimalistic look and feel which is more representative of the company Stance is today. Users will also have a great browsing experience no matter what device they are using since the website has been re-developed to adapt to all devices and screen sizes.

The navigation menu has been revamped to be more intuitive, product information has been condensed to appear on a single webpage, and an abundance of new modern product imagery has been included. It is easier than ever for users to find what they’re looking for, whether it be pricing, images, or finishes. The website will continue to include a live chat feature – although it also has a brand-new look!

New sections of the website include an insights page for industry information and a dynamic gallery that links users to featured products. Users will also have the opportunity to get a realistic 360-degree view of select seating products, and the rep locator is now conveniently located on the homepage.

“We’ve built a website that is more image-based and supports the evolving needs of furniture specifiers,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We want to make specifying our products as effortless as possible. The new look and feel of this website reflect the direction of the Stance brand, and is just one of many investments we are making in new technologies to both drive and support our growth”.

View the redesigned website at www.stancehealthcare.com

Employees Increase Food Donations by 45%

For the fifth year in a row Stance Healthcare ended summer with a two-week long food drive benefiting The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.  Supporting the community in which we do business, employees cumulatively collected 853 lbs of food for the drive, an increase of 45% over last year! Stance Healthcare contributed donating an additional $5 for each pound of food collected, up to a maximum of $1500. The combined total provided over 5,100 meals to our hungry neighbors.

Over the last 5 years Stance Healthcare’s combined food and fund donations have provided over 24,000 meals to the 1 in 20 families in the community who are in need of food assistance.

Fifth annual food drive donations

A Refreshing Look on My Resource Library

This summer we made it a priority to update our binder on My Resource Library, a digital library and industry resource center for the contract furniture market. The new clean appearance gives dealers, designers and end users a refreshing look at our full product offering.  We’ve also utilized the binder’s side bars to provide expanded product information including specs, cleaning instructions, environmental information and pricing. The layout and imagery of the binder gives users a peek at what they can expect to see when we launch our new website in the coming months.

View our binder at My Resource Library:
https://www.myresourcelibrary.com/StanceHealthcare

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Expanded Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox

Earlier this year the Center for Health Design re-launched the Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox.  It’s a valuable resource containing a library of research findings, expert insights, strategies and tools. This month the Center for Health Design added two new webinars to the toolbox:

Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit: A Solution to an overcrowded ED
This webinar will examine the Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Unit as a case study, including direct outcomes achieved by the project. Since opening, the unit has had a positive effect on the ED, lessening mental health patients in the ED and decreasing the psychiatric inpatient admission rates for patients.

Comprehensive Test Methods for Products in Behavioral Health Environments at the Design in Mental Health Network
This webinar will discuss some of the common challenges witnessed and used to develop the testing methods – with a focus on ligature performance and robustness.  Hear about their learnings about doors and windows which feature so highly with sentinel events that they needed their own category of testing.   Review key areas of risk within mental health environments and lessons learned about managing risk in reality.

Stance Healthcare Awarded New York and North Carolina State Contracts

Ontario, Canada – Effective immediately, Stance Healthcare (Stance) has been awarded a five-year contract with State of New York, and a 3-year contract with the State of North Carolina. Being a preferred supplier will significantly impact Stance’s visibility within the purchasing departments of respective government agencies.

These contracts will allow Stance to provide new high-quality commercial furniture in the following categories:

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·       Seating ·       Wood Seating
·       Tables ·       Metal Seating
·       Specialty Seating ·       Dining Tables
·       Dormitory Furniture ·       Occasional Tables
·       Office Furniture ·       Lounge Seating

“Contracts bring positive growth to the business and help us maintain a competitive advantage,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We are honored to have been awarded contracts with both New York and North Carolina this month. We are always working on new opportunities to work with government agencies, and understand the importance these relationships have on our business”.

The State selects vendors that provide the highest quality products at the best possible value. The lengthy award process included reviewing our current product offering and adhering to rigorous respective State contract requirements.

 

Stance Healthcare Partners with Frövi North America

Bringing innovative, distinctive commercial furniture to North America

Ontario, Canada (July 22, 2019) – Stance Healthcare (Stance) is pleased to announce its partnership with Frövi North America (Frövi NA), the American subsidiary of Frövi UK, a family-owned British commercial furniture company for social spaces, inspired by Scandinavian design.

The partnership between Stance and Frövi NA will see Frövi NA build on their success in the North American market by leveraging the strong relationships and distribution network Stance has built over the past decade, within the contract furniture industry. Each company will approach the market independently through their respective independent sales rep groups.

Frövi NA will take advantage of Stance’s supply chain and skilled production team as Stance gradually expands the capabilities of their Kitchener manufacturing facility to include the production of select Frövi NA products and distribution of them throughout Canada and the United States.

Carl Kennedy will remain President of Stance Healthcare while also assuming the role of Sales Director for Frövi North America. His responsibilities will include overseeing the strategic introduction and expansion of Frövi NA to the North American Market. Carl will continue to leverage his industry knowledge and relationships to ensure the success of both Stance and Frövi NA as they continue to grow.

“We are excited about the opportunity to bring Frövi NA to the North American market.” says Carl Kennedy, President, Stance Healthcare/Sales Director, Frövi North America. “I believe their strong brand and design-forward products, combined with our industry relationships and distribution model, will ensure a successful and sustainable presence for the Frovi brand in North America.”

“With shared core values and a focus on quality crafted furniture, Stance Healthcare is the perfect partner to help us enter the North American Market,” says Ben Dunham, Design Director, Frövi. “By leveraging their knowledge of the market, we look forward to expanding our business and raising the profile of our brand within the North American contract furniture industry.

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Over $22,000 Raised for Heart & Stroke

 

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For the third year in a row, Stance Healthcare employees filled the 29-seater Big Bike and rode for 20 minutes through the streets of Kitchener. This year staff raised over $4000 for the popular fundraising event, which was generously matched by Stance Healthcare, for a combined total of over $8000!!

In the past three years Stance Healthcare’s big bike participation has raised over $22000 for 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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NeoCon 2019 – See You At The Show!

 

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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!  It’s going to be hard to beat last year’s award for best large booth design (400 sq. ft. or larger) from the IIDA, but we’re going to give it our best shot!

Held from June 10-12 at The Mart in Chicago, you’ll find us at booth 7-4050.  If you’re planning on attending the show, make sure to stop by and take a look at our recently launched Verona Lounge Seating Collection and our Frontier Collection specifically made for behavioral health – it even includes a “flip-style” bedside cabinet!  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, we’ve got you covered, we will be airing a Facebook Live event on Sunday at 1 PM (CT) to show you around our space prior to show opening.

And of course, a show isn’t complete without refreshments and a contest. On Monday June 10th from 3 – 5 PM (CT) join us for cocktails and your chance to win a GoPro.  We’ll be doing it all over again on Tuesday June 11thfrom 3 – 5 PM (CT) where we will continue to keep the refreshments flowing and you will have a chance to win a pair of wireless Bose headphones.

It’s going to be a great show!

Supporting Resources for Behavioral and Mental Health Design

 

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A Partnership Focused on Evidence-Based Design Tools

Ontario, Canada – For the second year in a row, Stance Healthcare, a manufacturer of furniture for healing environments, has partnered with The Center for Health Design (CHD), the principal provider of healthcare design research, education and advocacy.

This ongoing partnership continues to focus on evidence-based design tools, resources and educational opportunities for behavioral and mental health design. More specifically, the expansion of their Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox, a workshop in September and informational webinars.

Re-launched this month, the Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox contains a library of research findings, expert insights, strategies, tools, and other useful resources connecting the built environment to better health outcomes and reduced cost of care. New resources this year include 6 webinars, 1 interview, 1 lessons learned document, 1 blog and 1 list of related resources. Stance Healthcare’s partnership with the CHD has made these toolbox materials available and free to all until March 2020.

In September Stance Healthcare will once again be sponsoring a Behavioral Health workshop focused on designing for mental and behavioral health facilities. Taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, attendees will gain insights and strategies on this growing area of design.

“With increased knowledge, we are undergoing an evolution of change when it comes to designing for behavioral health environments,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We appreciate the value The Center for Health Design brings to the industry, and are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with them again on this behavioral and mental health initiative.”

To access the complete toolbox, click here.

PRESS RELEASE: A NEW Frontier for Behavioral Health

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare announced today the launch of Frontier, a rotationally-molded collection for Behavioral Health consisting of a platform bed and bedside cabinet.

Constructed with high-impact polyethylene, continuously molded for maximum durability, Frontier features rounded corners and edges, providing a safe environment for patients. These products are easy to clean, and the bed features an innovative system that supports fluid removal.

Unique is the flip-style bedside cabinet for preferred configuration, providing designers with increased flexibility and highly usable space for patients to keep their personal belongings.  The Frontier bed and bedside cabinet have a more residential appeal than other rotationally-molded products on the market. Specifically, the floor-mount system for the bed was developed to have minimal impact on the overall aesthetics of the product, helping the patient feel at ease in their environment.

“We created this collection in response to the growing demand for behavioral health products with a residential appeal,” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “In consultation with healthcare designers and facility managers, we were able to develop a product that improves that quality of life for patients while maintaining the design specifications required for intensive use environments.”

The new Frontier collection will be showcased at the most important commercial design event of the year, NeoCon from June 10-12 in Chicago, and at the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference from November 2-5 in New Orleans.

 

Attessa Line Expansion Provides Hundreds of New Layout Options

Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare announced today the expansion of their popular modular lounge seating collection. Attessa’s new ‘curved’ modular components will allow for greater design flexibility in public spaces.

This sleek, versatile and comfortable lounge collection features engineered plywood and 14-gauge steel bracketing to provide enhanced durability for high-traffic areas. The nylon-webbed seat deck provides increased comfort and its heavy-duty ganging system is intuitive and easy to install.

“We wanted to expand our current Attessa line and provide our customers with enhanced design flexibility,” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “These curved components provide more layout options to enable a whole new level of creativity than before.”

 

The Attessa Collection also includes laminate or solid surface tabletops, a choice of wood or powdercoated steel legs and the option of contrasting fabrics and power integration.

Prototypes of the ‘curved’ Attessa modular components were featured at NeoCon in June of 2018 and HCD in November 2018 and received positive feedback.

RECAP: 2018 Product Introductions

We introduced 6 new products last year, from a modern wood seating collection to a line of case goods specifically designed for behavioral health. Find the complete list of 6 below:

 kite_metal_main2-150x150 Kite Metal Seating
Ideal for patient rooms and virtually any area where space is at a premium. Available in 16” and 18” seat widths, Kite is lightweight, highly durable and can be conveniently folded and stored on a wall bracket when not in use
Carson Recliner Carson Recliner
Designed for demanding healthcare environments including triage areas, infusion treatment spaces and patient rooms. Carson offers a high level of comfort for the patient, and great ease-of-use for the caregiver or family member.
marathon_03 Marathon Seating Collection
Featuring a fully-welded 14-gauge steel frame, molded foam and a glass-filled nylon arm that is virtually indestructible. Marathon is engineered to endure high levels of use over an extended period of time.
Gibraltar Case Goods Gibraltar Case Goods for Behavioral Health
This series features rounded aluminum legs that protect the cabinet from damage and offer a contemporary, residential aesthetic.
Carson Sleep Sofa Carson Sleep Sofa
This sleeper is user-friendly, easy to clean, and highly accommodative to the space constraints of patient rooms. Available as a Sleep Sofa with back and arms, or a compact Bench Sleeper with a small footprint.
Marna Seating Collection Marna Seating Collection
This collection combines modern, minimalist aesthetics with robust engineering methods that exceed all necessary requirements for outstanding performance in healthcare environments.

NEW Kite Metal Folding Chair

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Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare announced today the release of a new metal folding chair for the healthcare industry. The metal version of the Kite Folding Chair has a highly durable powdercoated frame and is ideal when space is at a premium.

The design is based on the existing kite folding chair which boasts a highly durable wood frame. Both the wood and metal versions of the Kite Metal Chair can be conveniently folded and stored on a wall bracket when not in use, making it ideal for patient rooms.

“It’s simple. The industry was asking for a metal version of our popular kite folding chair – so we delivered” says President, Carl Kennedy.  “We appreciate the feedback we receive from the industry and make it our mission to provide solutions for the challenges they face when designing for healthcare environments. In this instance it was a metal chair that could fold and be stored easily while meeting the rigorous criteria required for hospitals and medical clinics.”

The Kite Metal Folding Chair is available in 16” and 18” seat depths and offers an array of features and options:

  • Contoured back and waterfall seat design
  • Replaceable seat and back cushions
  • Optional protective wall bumper on back of chair
  • Chair depth when mounted to wall is 7.5”

To see the Kite Metal Folding Chair, visit stancehealthcare.com or visit Booth# 835 at Healthcare Design Expo + Conference from November 10 – 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona.  For show information visit www.hcdexpo.com.

Top 5 Highlights from NeoCon 2018

NeoCon, the most important contract furniture event of the year, is always an overwhelming experience – from long elevator lines and getting lost on the show floor to the overload of texture, color, and inspiration! Below are our Top 5 Highlights from NeoCon 2018:

  1.  2018 BEST LARGE BOOTH DESIGN

One of our top highlights from NeoCon 2018 had to be our show space. Interior Designer Suzanne Fawley created a space that could be remembered, an experience – a place where conversations take place. Before the show we were ecstatic to hear that Stance Healthcare had won the award for Best Large Booth Design from the IIDA and Contract Magazine. If you didn’t have a chance to see the space, you can visit it on Instagram, or view the 360 pictures on Facebook.

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2. HiP AWARD HONOREE

Interior Design’s HiP Award recognizes innovative products at NeoCon. And although we didn’t win, one of the highlights from NeoCon 2018 was when our Carson Sleeper won “honoree” status in the health & wellness furniture category.  This sleeper has a small footprint and can be specified according to the space available.

  1. PRODUCTS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT

Our manufacturer reps spent a lot of time perusing our space with clients and providing us with feedback on products currently in development. Below were some of their favorites:

Attessa Curve Modular Seating

Attessa Curved – This modular lounge seating has a curved back and seat, providing a softer look to suit a wide range of spaces. Its modular components are built to serve high-traffic, public areas.

Attessa Pods

Attessa “Pod” – This product was developed as we begin to see more application for private spaces in healthcare. This is the same product as our current Attessa, but with the added height of privacy panels.

Corina Lounge

Carina Lounge – Another option in lounge seating, this collection has sleek geometric lines creating a more contemporary look. Bold, yet sophisticated.

  1. INDUSTRY FRIENDS

Of course, a list of highlights from NeoCon 2018 wouldn’t be complete without seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. As always, we enjoyed a visit with our fabric suppliers who gave us the inside scoop on what’s new in textiles. A virtual reality session from Kisp made me think more about where this industry is going concerning technology. The only bit of swag we were able to pick up came from a visit to Project Matrix where we received a wine tumbler (not that I’m complaining).  Lastly, thank you to our good friends from My Resource Library who were decked out in green and stopped by for a visit.

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5. FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Work hard, play hard…right? We started off the show on Sunday evening with a tame dinner but finished with good times at Howl at the Moon.  The three days that followed were mostly spent in the booth during the day but eating some classic Chicago food in the evening – deep dish pizza anyone?!

Those are the highlights from NeoCon 2018 – see you next year!

Behavioral Health Workshop Sponsored by Stance Healthcare

vista_II_bh_headerOn September 27th 2018, The Center for Healthcare Design is hosting a Behavioral Health Workshop titled Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line. Stance Healthcare is proud to sponsor this interactive workshop that enables design professionals to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health. The workshop will feature industry thought leaders and real-world strategies that support behavioral health populations.

This type of learning opportunity aligns with Stance Healthcare’s vision of providing behavioral health patients with safe and comfortable healing environments. Stance Healthcare’s furnishings are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, yet able to withstand intense environments, and are easy-to-clean.  They have also been developed in consultation with healthcare interior designers, behavioral health practitioners, facility managers and housekeeping staff.

If you are intending to design new mental and behavioral health facilities, or wishing to evaluates the quality of your existing facility, you should attend this educational session. By registering for the workshop before July 31st, you’ll receive early bird pricing.  Registration details can be found on The Center for Healthcare Design’s website: https://www.healthdesign.org/events/121.

NeoCon 2018 – Spaces Healthcare Specifiers Won’t Want to Miss

This year NeoCon 2018 will be celebrating its 50th edition as the world’s leading platform and one of the most important events of the year for the healthcare design industry. NeoCon 2018 will take place at The Mart from Monday, June 11th to Wednesday, June 13th hosting over 500 leading companies.  With so many manufacturers and emerging companies in the categories of furniture, fabrics, flooring, and technology, it can be challenging to decide which ones to visit first! Below is our “don’t miss” guide to helping you navigate NeoCon 2018:

Stinson – 10-150

Stinson helps make healthcare seating come to life! This year at NeoCon 2018, Stinson will introduce their Habitat Collection which explores unique yearns and inviting patterns that connect with our comfort zones. Stinson Fabric

Project Matrix – 7-3130

ProjectMatrix was founded in 1987 by dealer design professionals who wanted a better choice than the existing software available for space planning and specification. This year at NeoCon 2018 they will be unveiling their new look, demonstrating software updates and giving away some swag. Stance Healthcare is happy to be one of the manufacturer libraries available in ProjectMatrix.

MRL – 7-3130

If you haven’t heard of My Resource Library, you might be living under a rock. They are the premier digital library serving the contract market; and this year you will find them exhibiting with Project Matrix. Together they will be showing the new integration capabilities within MRL, Project Matrix and CET Designer.  Also, if you find a MRL team member during the show, you’ll be rewarded with a gift card to Starbucks!

 VividBoard – 1060

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A GMI company, VividBoard specializes in whiteboards that can improve patient care, patient relationships with an overall staff satisfaction. This year they are excited to be in a brand-new showroom at The Mart. Stop by for a tour and see some of their new product introductions. Also, on Monday they will be hosting a cocktail party on June 11th from 2-5pm to celebrate their new space.

Stance Healthcare – 7-4050

Of course, we would love for you to stop by our new space! This year our booth size has doubled to include 850 square feet of high-quality products that meet the ever-evolving demands of the healthcare industry as it relates to infection control, safety, design, and comfort. Newly released products you can expect to see at the show include the Marna Seating Collection and Carson Sleeper. We will also be hosting cocktails on Monday, June 11th from 3 – 5 pm to celebrate our enhanced space.

Click here to read more about our new space

Enjoy the show!

Supporting Mental Health Awareness

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is known as Mental Health Awareness month, and we are working with NAMI to help “cure stigma”.

As a manufacturer of furniture for behavioral health environments, this cause is especially important to us.  When speaking with behavioral health professionals we often hear of the shame, fear and silence stigma can cause, often preventing people from seeking help and treatment.

This month, in partnership with NAMI, we are spreading the word about mental health awareness and helping to cure the stigma.  Partnerships such as these are a vital part of building the mental health movement. This year we’ve also donated $5000 to NAMI in an effort to help them educate individuals and educators, advocate for national public policy and lead public awareness activities such as Mental Health Awareness month and the #CureStigma campaign.

Stigma harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence, and in some cases, even takes lives. We can #CureStigma with compassion, empathy and understanding. Take the quiz today to find out how you can #CureStigma.

The prevalence of mental health can be seen in the statistics below:

About NAMI

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 and has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. three more words

Healing Design for Teens

Key takeaways from the webinar Healing design for teens in crisis: A story of innovation, research & hope. Hosted by The Center for Health Design. Presented by Jessica Radecki, Associate Principal, Medical Planner Clark/Kjos Architects

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Last week Stance Healthcare sponsored a webinar hosted by The Center for Health Design.  Focused on healing design for teens, over 340 people attended the webinar, making it the largest audience ever for The Center for Health Design. With increased awareness of mental health and adolescents, it’s obvious why this webinar on healing design for teens was of interest to so many people.

The presentation specifically addressed a project Jessica worked on in Washington that was completed in November of 2016. MultiCare’s Tacoma General Hospital is 19,600 square feet, has 27 inpatient beds and serves adolescents between the ages of 13-18 who have been admitted both voluntary and involuntarily.  The framework of the project was based on Trauma Informed Care and recovery values of hope, acceptance, mutual respect, inclusion, empowerment, choice, citizenship, person-centered, meaningfulness and believing in people.

Guided by research the design process included providing 3 different spaces within the behavioral health environment:

  1. Physical: Providing functional spaces for sufficient and varied activity. This includes access to nature and views, providing adequate space, avoiding crowding, creating variety, and being sensitive to stimulation.
  2. Social: These spaces promote positive behaviors by providing privacy, a range of active spaces, and a place for spiritual mindfulness, physical exercise, and social intimacy.
  3. Symbolic: These spaces provide signals of trust, collaboration, refuge and respect by
    creating a non-containment feeling, minimizing signals of mistrust, and creating a sense of community.

Jessica also reference an excellent resource for designers and architects. The Patient Safety Standards, Materials and Systems Guidelines recommended by the New York State Office of Mental Health provides guidelines on selecting materials, fixtures, and hardware. You can find the publication on the Office of Mental Health website.

After watching this webinar, I can definitely appreciate the challenges that come with creating a healing design for teens.

A recording of the webinar will be available on the Center for Health Design website in the next couple of weeks. I encourage you to check it out.

Enhanced Show Space at NeoCon’s 50th Anniversary Show

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Ontario, Canada (April 2018) – Stance Healthcare, a manufacturer of furniture for healing environments, has enhanced their show space for Neocon 2018 – one of the most recognizable tradeshows in commercial design.

This year Stance Healthcare’s show space has doubled in size to include 850 square feet of highquality products that meet the ever-evolving demands of the healthcare industry as it relates to infection control, safety, design and comfort. Newly released products you can expect to see at the show include the Marna Seating Collection and Carson Sleeper. Also, Stance Healthcare is excited to be featuring several innovative new furniture designs that are in the final stages of development.

Designed by Behavioral Health interior designer Suzanne Fawley, the enhanced show space will incorporate healthcare inspired color selections, durable textures, and the calming feeling of nature paired with furniture designed specifically for the challenging Healthcare and Behavioral Health environments.

“The goal of the enhanced show space is to promote a feeling that will be remembered, an experience, a place where conversations have depth instead of a space where the obligatory walk-through takes place and nothing is remembered or learned.” says Suzanne Fawley, Design Consultant. “The space will emphasize healthcare area specific vignettes to guide conversation and promote knowledge share.”

“We are very excited about the enhanced show space Suzanne has envisioned for Stance Healthcare,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We look forward to providing show attendees with a space that highlights the relationship between the healthcare and behavioral health interior environment and furniture.”

In celebration, Stance Healthcare will be hosting a cocktail party in their new show space (booth 7-4050) at NeoCon 2018 on Monday, June 11th from 3 – 5pm at The Mart in Chicago. For show information visit www.neocon.com

Webinar: Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope

We are a proud sponsor of the upcoming webinar: Designing for Adolescents in Mental Health Crisis: A Story of Research, Innovation, and Hope

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, Washington. 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear current trends in behavioral healthcare models that impact the design of the built environment.
  • Examine how research influenced and contributed to shaping the environment and the attitudes of clinical operations, design, and construction teams.
  • Learn about highly specialized spaces and innovations in behavioral health design that contribute to improved safety for patients and staff.
  • Learn how Lean tools were utilized to quickly gain consensus, innovate, meet an aggressive project schedule, and achieve goals.

Register here.

Top Healthcare Design Links in March

Below are our top 3 healthcare design links in March:

New Product Alert – Carson Sleeper
Everyone must be interested in getting more sleep as our post on our new Carson sleeper received the most attention we’ve seen in a while! It’s no wonder, this sleeper is user-friendly and its bench is ideal for patient rooms where space is at a premium.

Partnership with The Center for Health Design
This month we were happy to announce our partnership with The Center for Health Design.  Together we are producing some great tools and educational opportunities related to designing for behavioral and mental health. Most recently we were involved in the launch of the Behavioral Health toolbox.  View the tool box here.

3 Crucial Considerations When Design A Waiting Room
Our latest blog post was a hit! Waiting happens in almost every healthcare setting, which is why it’s design is so important in healthcare design. The 3 crucial considerations discussed in this blog post include overall layout, furniture selection and incorporating design elements.

3 Crucial Considerations for Healthcare Waiting Room Design & Layout

Waiting happens in almost every healthcare setting – from the initial check-in, diagnosis, and treatment to anticipating a disease outcome. Although the actual waiting time varies in different types of facilities, the waiting experience is usually tedious and even stressful for many patients and their families. Therefore, it’s imperative to provide patients with a waiting experience and incorporate a waiting room design that reduces negativity and promotes calmness and wellbeing. There are three crucial considerations for waiting room design that will give a positive, comfortable and welcoming experience for patients.

Waiting Room Design

  1. Waiting Room Design – Overall Layout

Have a solid understanding of where patients enter and exit the establishment.  Signage should be strategically placed ensuring patients know where to go when they arrive.  Your waiting room design should be open enough to allow foot traffic to flow freely, and if possible, patients should not have to retrace their steps or cross paths with other patients.

  1. Waiting Room Design – Furniture Selection

The most important part of your waiting room design is your furniture specification; providing patients with their first impression and ultimately their comfort level in your space.  The focal point of a waiting room is usually the reception desk. It should be easily viewable and accessible from the entrance. Choose a reception desk that has adequate storage and a shape and finish that compliments your décor. Seating needs to be comfortable and attractive and have a variety of options; giving patients control as to where they sit. Decide how much furniture you’ll need; how many waiting chairs will be used on your busiest day and add tables to allow patients to have a place for drinks, purses, phones and reading material. Finally, any upholstered furniture needs to be healthcare grade quality and easy-to-clean to avoid healthcare-acquired infections.

  1. Waiting Room Design – Design Elements

In a medical environment, colors should be calm and tranquil. Color elements can be in the form of paint on a wall or artwork such as paintings and photography.  Blue provides a sense of calm and peacefulness that can put people at ease. Beige is also calming and can help reflect light, making the waiting room appear warmer and airier.  Brown is a great complimentary color when paired with something lighter. In your waiting room design, consideration should also be given to utilizing different sources of light to create a welcoming waiting room design. Natural light with a view of the outdoors provides a welcome distraction to those who are waiting.

Ultimately the goal is to provide a functional layout while combining lighting, furnishings and color for a positive and soothing waiting experience.

NEW – Carson Sleeper

Carson Sofa Sleeper or Bench Sleeper

The Carson Sleeper is user-friendly and easy to clean. Featuring custom widths, this sleeper is  highly accomodative to the space constraints of patient rooms. Available as a sleep sofa with back and arms, or a compact bench sleeper; providing a small footprint.

This sleeper features concealed heavy-duty drawer slide mechanisms, an accommodative sleeper surface, choice of wood, polyurethane or solid surface arm caps, choice of casters or wood legs and contrasting fabrics.

Tune in on March 9th at 2pm EST for our Facebook Live broadcast where you will have the opportunity to see the Carson sofa transform into a sleeper live.

Partnership With The Center for Health Design

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Ontario, Canada – Stance Healthcare, a manufacturer of furniture for healing environments, has partnered with The Center for Health Design (CHD), the principal provider of healthcare design research, education and advocacy.

The partnership focuses on evidence-based design tools, resources and educational opportunities for behavioral and mental health design. More specifically, the creation of a topic toolbox, informational webinars, an interactive workshop and a continuing education course.

Launched in February, the Behavioral & Mental Health toolbox contains a library of newly-created and CHD staff-curated content – research findings, expert insights, strategies, tools, and other useful resources connecting the built environment to better health outcomes and reduced cost of care. Stance Healthcare’s partnership with the CHD has made these toolbox materials available and free to all until March 2019. A CEU course approved for AIA/EDAC credit will also be available later this year.

On September 27th Stance Healthcare is proud to sponsor a Behavioral Health workshop focused on Strategic Facility Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line. Taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, attendees will gain insight into existing standards and behavioral health models, strategies that address behavioral health across various population groups, design methodologies that hinder or enhance behavioral health and case studies of state-of-the-art facilities that support behavioral health.

“With one in five adults being affected by a behavioral and mental health condition in the U.S. each year, it’s important to understand how design can provide patients with a healing and therapeutic environment,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “We appreciate the value The Center for Health Design brings to the industry, and are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with them on this behavioral and mental health initiative.”

To access the complete toolbox, click here.

To register for the workshop, click here.

Top Healthcare Design Links In February

Below are our top 3 healthcare design links in February:

6 Tips for Taking Good Install Photos On Your Smart Phone
Last month we shared a post on how to take good install pics on your smart phone.  Tips included; choosing the right perspective, clearing the clutter, choosing correct lighting, use a tripod, lock the focus and choosing the right angle.

4 Tips for Designing the Hospital of the Future
Using an evidence-based design (EBD) approach, DLR Group determined the hospital of the future includes lighting and temperature controlled by patients, personal information systems through an interactive television, acuity-adaptable rooms and more.

How to Effectively Use Color in Treatment Facilities
This article admits there is no one-size-fits-all approach in using color in treatment center design, there are some general tips.  The color shouldn’t jump out, but instead feel light and happy in the space. Accent colors to consider for treatment centers include pastel hues of blue and green; warm purple or violet; warm yellow and orange; and taupe.

6 Tips for Taking Good Install Photos on Your Smart Phone

We all love looking at beautiful installation photos.  They help us feel inspired and provide the ability to visualize the vast variations of furniture and fabric options available. When you send us your pictures of Stance Healthcare furniture in healing environments, you could receive $150!*  It’s also an excellent way for you to promote your project and gain exposure.  Did I mention you could receive $150?  If you’re not comfortable with taking photos of furniture and healthcare interiors, I’ve included some guidelines below to help you get started:

  1. Choose the Right Perspective.
    Think about the furniture piece you want to capture before taking the photo. Think about if you want to photograph one piece of furniture or an entire healthcare space. Walk around the room and see where the best view is to capture the overall essence of the furniture in its environment.
  1. Clear the Clutter
    Keep it simple.  The environment should be clear of any clutter, enabling the piece of furniture to be the focal point. Remove magazines and pamphlets from tables and pillows from chairs.  If in doubt – take it out. 
  1. Choose the Correct Lighting
    The type of lighting found in healthcare environments may not necessarily be conducive to taking photos.  However, turn off your flash and take advantage of using as much natural light as possible. Nowadays, hospitals are built with more natural light to promote well-being, so make sure to open up the blinds. The light should fill the entire area you are photographing.  The best time to take photos that incorporate natural light is in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  1. Use A Tripod
    If possible, use a tripod.  This is especially important in low lighting to help prevent blurriness. It can also help ensure your photos are level. There are many options available for inexpensive compact smart phone tripods – some are even able to wrap around poles, have magnetic feet and a remote shutter!
  1. Lock the Focus
    If you want to prevent your smartphone from attempting to grab a different subject in the frame, lock the focal point on the furniture you want to capture. To do this, simply tap your phone screen on the key furniture piece you want to focus on and your smartphone will do the rest!
  1. Choose the Right Angle
    To highlight the furniture in the healing space, you will likely want to take your photo horizontally.  You’ll also want to make sure you hold the phone flat to the wall to prevent any distortion.  Move around the room taking at least 5 – 10 photos and you’ll be sure to have at least one winning photograph!

If all else fails, hire a photographer to take the photo for you ?

This post was written in collaboration with David Briggs Photography.

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Top Healthcare Design Links for January

Below are our top 3 healthcare design links for January:

Marna Healthcare Seating Collection
We recently launched Marna, a new collection of healthcare seating that combines modern, minimalist aesthetics with robust engineering methods that exceed all requirements of outstanding performance in healthcare environments. Features and options include a limited lifetime warranty, 14-gauge internal steel seat frame, removable seat and back upholstery covers,wood side frames, flex-back  option, custom wood frame finishes, contrasting fabrics and more!

Care close to home: Microhospitals help bridge the gap between ambulatory and tertiary facilities
Mircrohospitals are becoming a big thing in healthcare design.  This article discusses their ability to respond to the needs of lower-acuity patients as well as providing local residents with the comfort and convenience of having access to both nearby health care services and a more extensive network of care.

5 Elements for a Healthy Medical Lounge
In this article you’ll find the five elements that make the healthcare lounge work including giving it a hospitality feel, ensuring it has daylighting or connection to the exterior, having furniture that is flexible, making it visible and easy to access and having the design integrated into the entire healthcare project.

NEW – Marna Seating Collection

 

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The Marna Healthcare Seating Collection combines modern, minimalist aesthetics with robust engineering methods that exceed all necessary requirements for outstanding performance in healthcare environments.

Features and options include a limited lifetime warranty, 14-gauge internal steel seat frame, removable seat and back upholstery covers, wood side frames, flex-back option, custom wood frame finishes, contrasting fabrics and more!

You can see Marna’s sleek lines for yourself during a Facebook Live broadcast on February 1st at 2pm with our sales specialist Tracey. You will also have the opportunity to see our newest addition to wood seating in person at NeoCon in June.

5 Considerations: Specifying Behavioral Healthcare Furniture

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1 in 5 patients admitted to an acute psychiatric unit may commit an act of violence, and between 75% and 100% of nursing staff on acute psychiatric units have been assaulted by a patient at some stage in their careers. That’s an alarming number!  Fortunately, there are things a facility can do to minimize the risk to patients, staff, and visitors. Investing in furnishings specifically designed and manufactured for behavioral health facilities is one consideration.

Here are five things to consider when purchasing furnishings for your next Behavioral Health project:

Safety
This is the most important consideration when specifying furniture for behavioral health facilities.  Seating designed for safety will inhibit concealment, feature anti-ligature components, have no sharp points or edges, include tamper-resistant hardware, break-resistant glides, and floor-wall mount options.

Durability
Furniture can help combat self-destructive behavior; it should be movable, yet too heavy to throw. Tables and seating finishes should be specified to deter destruction that leads to objects that can inflict harm to themselves and others.  High-pressure laminate, solid surface, and polyurethane surfaces are application specific finish options and can be used where appropriate. Specifying healthcare-grade upholstery materials provides additional durability.

Aesthetics
It’s true – the behavioral health landscape has changed.  The principles of Concierge Healthcare Design are being applied to Behavioral Health Facilities to help ease the anxiety of patients, caregivers, and caretakers.  Furniture is specified with residential appeal, and materials should be specified for their symbolic meaning rather than for pure functionality. Avoid complex patterns, color stimulation, and reflective surfaces.

Infection Control
Healthcare-acquired infections are always a concern in any healthcare setting. Seating should be easy-to-clean with a 3-way clean sweep around seat cushions, contain no crevices that encourage concealment and provide textiles and finishes that withstand stringent cleaning agents.

Comfort
Furniture should be selected to help patients, and visitors feel at ease. Upholstered furniture provides the ultimate comfort for seating.  Multiple types of seating and sizes should also be specified to give patients and visitors the choice of finding furniture most comfortable for them.