Last month office staff were challenged to log the most hours of physical activity to win funds that would be donated to their charity of choice. The friendly fitness challenge had 20 staff members log over 18,560 hours of physical activity. Although a friendly competition, there were a few heated debates over what qualified as physical activity. Does golfing really count if you’re riding around in a golf cart? In the end, the event was a big success, and $7,500 was distributed among 6 different charitable organizations as selected by the fitness challenge winners:
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.
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Ontario, Canada – Living Wage Waterloo Region and the Ontario Living Wage Network recently certified Stance Healthcare as a Living Wage employer at the “Champion” level. As the 171st employer in Ontario to achieve this qualification, Stance Healthcare strongly encourages other companies to join them in this demonstration of commitment to both their employees, and the community.
Stance Healthcare recognizes that providing all employees with at least a living wage is a critical investment in the long–term prosperity of the local economy and fosters a dedicated, skilled, and healthy workforce. A living wage is the hourly wage required to not just cover expenses, but also to support inclusion in community life and recreational activities. The calculation is based on a family of four, consisting of two adults who both work full-time, and two young children. Factors in the calculation include the costs for things like rent, food, transportation, hydro and child care, which is why the living wage varies from one region to the next.
“We are proud to be recognized as a Living Wage employer in the Waterloo Region. As a small business that is family owned and operated, it is deep-rooted in our organizational culture to provide our ‘extended family’ with good quality of life,” says Carl Kennedy, President. “Our employees are our most valuable asset and the success of our business is a direct result of their organizational commitment and ability to prosper.”
Research indicates that employees earning a living wage are more likely to put money back into the community supporting them, are more productive and loyal in the workplace, and are healthier overall.
“Providing a living wage is a win-win for everyone.” says Brian Kennedy, Operations Manager. “In an industry that is accustomed to high turnover, we have loyal and committed employees – many have been with us since the company first opened its doors over 10 years ago.”
Our top links shared on social media in 2017 included company news and a new color offering from Pantone:
In August, Stance Healthcare announced the addition of the Lyons Company manufacturers rep group to the team. They currently represent Stance in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.
NeoCon 2017 – Product Sneak Peek
Christy Evangelista, Digital Marketing Specialist and Tracey Heimpel, Sales Specialist from Stance Healthcare, provided a sneak peek of the products that were being showcased at NeoCon 2017.
Pantone Says This Colour Can Increase Your Optimism
Pantone gave the world a much-needed pick-me-up with a color called Natural Optimism – a light shade of blue which was created to give people a phycological boost. In May, we shared a design mix on Twitter using Natural Optimism – it received a lot of love.
Below are our most popular healthcare design posts for the month of November:
Facebook Live – Healthcare Design Sneak Peek
In advance of the Healthcare Design Expo + Conference, we gave Facebook viewers a sneak peek of some of our new healthcare furniture pieces currently in development including Jensen Wood Seating and the Carson Recliner.
5 Resources for Behavioral Health Designers
We’ve provided behavioral health designers with a list of resources to help them when designing intensive use spaces.
How to Effectively Use Color in Treatment Facilities
While experts say that there is no one-size-fits-all approach in using color in treatment center design, there are some general tips in this article for a do-no-harm approach.
Stance Healthcare ended summer with a two-week long (August 21 – September 1st) food drive benefiting The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Supporting the community in which we do business, employees cumulatively collected 333 lbs of food for the drive, and Stance Healthcare donated an additional $5 for each pound of food collected – that’s over 4500 meals!
We also want to give a special “shout-out” to Heritage Transportation Group for helping us get our donations to the food bank – your support is appreciated!
Providing the Ultimate Harmonization of Space
This case study looks at the remodeling of St. Mary’s Family Medicine Center, an NCQA certified patient centered medical home. In their latest transformation, St. Mary’s objective was to design three differentiated spaces while still providing a cohesive healing environment.
Read more about how St. Mary’s was able to achieve their objectives through careful furniture, fabric and color selection.
In February, it was evident that people were interested in reading about trending topics. Our top social media links focused on design trends as well as an article discussing the continually trending topic of big data.
6 Behavioral Health Design Trends
The 6 behavioral health design trends discussed in this article not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. They include quick patient assessments, integrated care, telemedicine, inpatient beds, strengthened outpatient services and specialty programs.
We’re Finally Realizing the Promise of Big Data
Combining predictive and prescriptive analytics holds enormous potential for healthcare providers to improve efficiency and quality of care. This article states that by tracking historical trends, hospitals can predict disease outbreaks in their community and brace for an influx of patients.
Words To Live By
Carl Kennedy, President of Stance Healthcare, and reading enthusiast, published an article on LinkedIn last month highlighting his top 5 books for personal growth. In this article, you’ll find out why the book titled “Today Matters” is his all time favorite, and which book inspires him to “Just Do It!”.