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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

Stance Healthcare Screen Shot on My Resource Library website

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:

New York State North Carolina State
·       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.

 

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.

Frontier bed and bedside

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 Chair 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.

Supporting the Healthcare Design Industry

Gold Partner of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers

Gold Level Sponsor AAHID

We’ve enhanced our visibility within the AAHID by increasing our investment with the organization.  As a Gold level partner, 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.

NEW Kite Metal Folding Chair

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Kite Metal Folding Chair

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.

5 Behavioral Health Educational Sessions You’ll Want to Attend at HCD 2018

This year  Healthcare Design Expo + Conference is taking place in Arizona at the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona. Seeing that we are a company located North of the border, we’re certainly looking forward to this event! You’ll find us at booth# 835 encouraging you to try the sit of our new Kite Metal Folding Chair and giving away adorable coloring books. Did you know coloring can reduce stress and anxiety levels?

While at the conference, you’ll also want to catch one of these 5 sessions focused on designing for Behavioral Health:

E01: Psychiatric Ward Design Can Reduce Aggressive Behavior
Sunday, November 11th, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

This presentation describes a design theory proposing that aggression in psychiatric facilities can be reduced by designing the physical environment with several evidence-grounded stress-reducing features. The theory was tested in a newer hospital in Sweden having wards with nearly all the features. Clinical data on aggressive behavior, compulsory injections, and physical restraints were compared with data from an older facility that had only one stress-reducing feature. Aggression levels were lowest in the newer facility, as evidenced by reductions in compulsory injections and physical restraints. The research suggests that designing better psychiatric buildings using reasoned theory, the best available evidence, and dialogue with informed clinical staff can reduce the major safety threat posed by aggressive behavior.

A12: Institute for Patient-Centered Design Educational Session – Behavioral Health Innovation
Sunday, November 11, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

This session will explore research and development of a behavioral health patient room, in which facility designers not only focused on the space, but they redesigned each component of the room to create a safer, more patient friendly solution.

I05: Safety for All: Keeping Patients and Staff Safe in Behavioral Health
Sunday, November 11, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Mental health awareness is on the rise and there is a is a marked increase in patients presenting at emergency departments who require treatment for mental health issues. This unique patient population has very specific needs and requires environments that are safe for both the patient and the staff. This roundtable will review two case studies of built behavioral health areas within the existing emergency department. Attendees will get an in-depth look at the materials, products, and systems developed to provide safe and durable environments and discuss the outcomes.

E89: A Holistic Approach to Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

The Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center is Indiana’s first new state mental hospital since 1952. First of its kind, this facility will diagnosis and develop treatment plans for all ages with a wide range of brain-related illnesses. The facility, scheduled to begin serving patients in early 2019, will be a key component allowing Indiana to be equipped to diagnose and care for those who suffer from neurological and mental health disorders. The design utilizes the existing Community East infrastructure to form a new facility and a connector between the two buildings, with a variety of new systems and state-of-the-art equipment.

E109: A Joining of Hands: Holistically Caring for the Behavioral Health Patient
Tuesday, November 13, 2018: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

“Improved access for patients,” “hotel-like care environments,” and “modern treatment facilities” are buzz words we hear today in the healthcare design industry. Unfortunately, behavioral health-focused facilities are often excluded from this conversation. This regional hospital behavioral health expansion is having that conversation. The project not only seeks to create modern facilities, but will consolidate behavioral health services into one building, allowing staff collaboration and access to patients from crisis intervention to outpatient counseling. This presentation will highlight the design and collaboration process with clinicians as well as strategies for flexibility and growth for the future, implemented with design team assistance.

Haven’t signed up yet for the show? Register here!

Annual Food Drive Collects 597 lbs of Food

For the fourth year in a row Stance Healthcare ended summer with a two-week long (August 20 – 31st) food drive benefiting The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.  Supporting the community in which we do business, employees cumulatively collected 597 lbs of food for the drive. Stance Healthcare contributed donating an additional $5 for each pound of food collected!

Stance Healthcare’s Big Bike Ride Raises Over $7,500

The unpredictable weather didn’t prevent the staff at Stance Healthcare from participating in the Heart and Strokes Big Bike fundraising event for the second year in a row.  Employees eagerly rode the Big Red Bike through the streets of Kitchener for about 20 minutes.  Surpassing last year’s fundraising dollars, staff raised over $3000, our suppliers donated over $1000, and Stance Healthcare generously matched the employees fundraising goal, for a combined fundraising total of over $7,500!

The funds raised help ensure that critical research in hospitals and universities across Canada can continue. It supports the vision of creating healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke.

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.

Large Booth Design Award

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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Top Links for October

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New Healthcare Furniture Designs for Pediatric Spaces
A “Junior” version of our popular Accent Chair, along with coordinating activity tables have officially launched this October in advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference.  The Accent Junior has similar features and options as its parent design but resized with a child’s comfort in mind

Stance Healthcare’s Riviera Lounge Chair Nominated for Readers’ Choice
Our Riviera Lounge chair was nominated for Interior + Sources 2017 Readers’ Choice award for Best Product.  The general public was invited to vote on Interior + Sources website – fingers crossed we WIN!

3 Technology Features  to Improve Behavioral Health Design
As the treatment of mental illness and substance abuse disorders gains parity within the healthcare environment, new approaches are evolving to accommodate the particular needs of these patients. Facility design for these patients must balance the need to provide a healing environment with adequate security for patients, families, visitors, and staff.

See You At The Show!

The Healthcare Design Expo + Conference takes place from November 11-14, 2017 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, FL.  Devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities, this is the premier healthcare design industry show of the year.

You will find Stance Healthcare at booth 1623 highlighting our top behavioral healthcare products and discussing the latest trends in healthcare design.  Sign up before Saturday, September 30th for early bird rates.

Stance Healthcare Ranked One of the Fastest Growing Companies in Canada

Stance Healthcare Ranks No. 165 on the 2017 PROFIT 500

P500 Logo-2017-BLUEKitchener (September 14, 2017) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Stance Healthcare No. 165 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Stance Healthcare made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with a five-year revenue growth of 414%

“It is never easy to earn a spot on the PROFIT 500, but this year’s applicant pool was the most competitive yet,” says Deborah Aarts, PROFIT 500 program manager. “This year’s winners demonstrate the resilience, innovation and sheer management smarts it takes to build a thriving business today. Canada-and the world-needs more entrepreneurial success stories like these.”

“Stance Healthcare is honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking for the second year in a row,” says President Carl Kennedy. “This achievement reflects the quality of our product and the dedication of our team over the past 10 years.”

About the PROFIT 500
For 29 years, the PROFIT 500 has been Canada’s most respectable and influential ranking of entrepreneurial achievement. Developed by PROFIT and now published in Maclean’s magazine and at CanadianBusiness.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian companies on five-year revenue growth. For more information on the ranking visit PROFIT500.com or CanadianBusiness.com.

About Canadian Business
Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving and most-trusted business publication in the country. It is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior
business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. Learn more at CanadianBusiness.com.

About Stance Healthcare
Founded in 2006, Stance Healthcare manufactures furniture for healing environments, with a particular focus on hospitals and behavioral health facilities. Stance Healthcare has a reputation for providing high-quality products that meet the ever-evolving demands in the areas of design, comfort, safety, durability, renewability, infection control and environmental sustainability.  With a strong understanding of patient-centered design, Stance Healthcare is committed to providing innovative furniture solutions that support the healing process.

Top 3 Links for August

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Midwest Representation
Everyone was interested to read about our new representatives in the Midwest.  Lyons Company LLC now represents Stance Healthcare products in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Principal, Dick Lyons, has been in the contract furniture business for 45 years and established the Lyons Company over 23 years ago.

Words to Live By
On #NationalBookLoversDay Carl Kennedy, President at Stance Healthcare, shared his Top 5 notable books on personal growth and development. This article reflects on his personal key takeaways from each book and how they have shaped the decisions he makes on a daily basis.

Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals

The 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2017)
As reported by Soliant Health, this article highlights the Top 20 hospitals in America.  The voting public decides the rankings based on which hospital they believe makes patients feel better upon arrival. We’ve also included this list on Stance Healthcare’s own Pinterest board.

The Newest Member of the Verity Seating Family

verify_sleeper_headerThe newest member of the Verity Seating Family, the Verity Sleepercombines healthcare-grade durability with an appealing residential aesthetic.

The Verity Sleeper features a heavy-duty steel mechanism, wall-saver design, 3 comfortable positions, and a very accommodating sleep surface of 80″.  Options include a choice of wood, polyurethane or solid surface arm cap, caster or wood leg and contrasting fabrics.

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Proud Sponsor of CHD Behavioral Health Workshop

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On September 26th. 2017, The Center for Health Design is hosting a workshop titled Behavioral Health—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 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 evaluate the quality of your existing facility, you should attend this educational session. By registering for the workshop before August 31st, not only will you get early bird pricing, but you’ll also be entered to win Mardelle Shepley’s new book (I already ordered mine!) and a one-year CHD webinar pass!  Registration details can be found on The Center for Healthcare Design’s website.

 

Midwest Representation

Stance Healthcare is pleased to announce the addition of the Lyons Company manufacturers rep group to the team.

Lyons Company LLC represents Stance Healthcare products in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. In addition to healthcare furniture, the company represents communication systems and fabrics.  Principal, Dick Lyons, has been in the contract furniture business for 45 years and established the Lyons Company over 23 years ago.  Providing the organization with sales and marketing leadership, Dick has built a successful team of passionate educated individuals.  You can visit their newly designed website here: http://lyonscompanyllc.com

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New Standard Color Option

We are very excited to be adding another color option to our standard finishes.  Grenada is a gray finish that is on-trend and provides a cool undertone.  This color can be applied to any of our wood, laminate or thermofoil finishes.  No matter which material you choose, they are all strong, durable and easy-to-clean, making them ideal for high traffic healthcare environments.

Wood provides a natural look with beautiful lines and patterns.  It is naturally durable and reliable.  A great option for seating and occasional tables.

Laminate is made of resin impregnated cellulose layers and has a beautiful wood grain effect.  It is moisture resistant and has the benefit of adhering to surfaces of all shapes and sizes.  A good option for occasional tables and casework.

Thermofoil is made using a flexible vinyl material that is applied by heating the vinyl and molding it over medium-density fiberboard or engineered wood.  A great alternative to wood or laminate, it has a smooth surface that resists chipping and staining and is moisture resistant.   Thermofoil is low maintenance and can be molded into a variety of patterns and shapes.  It’s a great option for patient room case goods and the tops of overbed tables.

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Celebrating 10 Years In Business

10 Years in BusinessWith a keen eye for design and an appetite for business strategy, Carl found his passion in the healthcare industry.  Over ten years ago Carl began building a business dedicated to providing quality healthcare furniture and exceptional customer service.  Initially a manufacturer of metal chairs for waiting rooms, Stance Healthcare has rapidly expanded the breadth and depth of their furniture selection in a very short period.

The organization has seen exponential growth over the past few years; and its success wouldn’t have been possible without a steady stream of innovative products, fabulous customers, talented individuals, and preferred suppliers.

In celebration, Stance Healthcare hosted a company function for staff on Friday, June 16th.  The afternoon was filled with games, prizes, lunch and of course cake!

The future is looking good.  In consultation with behavioral health practitioners, facility managers, and housekeeping staff, Stance Healthcare will continue to provide the market with innovative healthcare & behavioral health furniture designs, educational opportunities, and enhanced customer service.

NeoCon 2017 – That’s A Wrap!

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After a year of preparation and anticipation, it’s over in a matter of days.  NeoCon, the 3-day event that attracts over 50,000 design professionals, is one of the most recognized trade shows in the commercial design industry.  The show inspires design, is fashion forward and has lots of opportunity for industry networking and site seeing.

We were proud to be exhibiting this year; showing off some of our recently released healthcare furniture products, and a few still in their infancy.  If the crowds or long elevator lines prevented you from visiting us at the show, below is a recap of the products we had on display:

Behavioral Health Products

Riviera Lounge Seating
Resilia Drum Tables
Vista II
Onward Lounge
Gibraltar Patient Room Case Goods (not yet released)

Healthcare Products

Integrity Highback
Oasis Recliner
Legend Metal Seating
Cassia Sleeper (not yet released)
Accent Junior (not yet released)
Delta Metal Seating (not yet released)

Interested in some of the products we haven’t officially released?  I encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about new products releases, company news, and events.

Thank you to everyone who fought the crowds and took the time to visit our booth.  Also, a special “shout-out” to InDealInteriors + Sources and My Resource Library for sharing the love of our space and healthcare furniture designs on social media.

We can’t wait to do it all again next year – see you at NeoCon 2018!

 

Riding the Big Bike

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

All of the money raised through Big Bike helps support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Donations are used to help fund critical research that’s preventing heart disease and stroke, saving lives and supporting survivors and their families.

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Additional photos can be found on our Facebook page.

NeoCon 2017 – See You At The Show!

We’ve been busy!!  NeoCon, one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the industry is just around the corner, and we’ve been preparing for the big day!  From booth design and fabric selection to Facebook Live events and assembling press kits, we want this year to be our best NeoCon show yet!

Held from June 12-14 at The Mart in Chicago, you’ll find us at booth 7-2062.  If you’re planning on attending the show, make sure to stop by and take a look at our recently launched Resilia Drum Table surfaced with Marmoleum™ flooring – yes, flooring!  Not to mention, we will also have on display products currently in development and some that will be launching a few weeks following the show.

If you’re not able to attend, no worries, we will be hosting our first ever Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 31st at 2 PM (ET) to give you a preview of some of the products we will be highlighting at the show.  In addition, we’ll be hosting a Facebook Live event right before the show starts.  Make sure to follow us on social media to find out when.

And of course, a show isn’t complete without giveaways and contests!  If you’re in the market for a new tape measure, or are looking to relax with a cup of tea, stop by our booth to see what goodies we have in store.  If you happen to be looking for a home assistant, we’ve also got you covered!  We’ll be running a Facebook contest from June 9th – June 16th where you will have the opportunity to WIN an Amazon Echo.

Visit us at the show to find out more!

First EVER Facebook Live Event!

Join us on Wednesday, May 31st @ 2pm (ET) for our first EVER Facebook Live Event!

Christy Evangelista, Digital Marketing Specialist and Tracey Heimpel, Sales Specialist from Stance Healthcare, will be providing a sneak peek of the products we will be showcasing at NeoCon 2017.

Like our Facebook page to stay up to date and tune in on May 31st!

 

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Ride Big. Live Big.

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Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death for Canadian men and women. As a matter of fact, every 7 minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke. Employees of Stance Healthcare will be riding the Heart & Stroke Big Bike on June 5th, 2017 to help change that.

Will you help us by making a donation today?  Stance Healthcare will be matching all donations, in an effort to help us reach our goal of $3000!

All of the money raised through Big Bike helps support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Donations are used to help fund critical research that’s preventing heart disease and stroke, saving lives and supporting survivors and their families.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY!