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Oct 28, 2019

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 on today’s episode. Learn more about Stance healthcare and their line of furniture designed for the behavioral health setting at:

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Let’s play a game. I want you to count up every time you’ve had furniture delivered on a hospital or healthcare project, and the product fell short of your expectations. Do that on one hand. Now, on the other hand, I want you to count up how many times you’ve had to compromise the integrity of a project because you’ve been limited by furniture options and budget. Now, that was kind of a trick question because I know all of you need more than two hands to count up these situations. Here’s a solution: Stance Healthcare. Stance specializes in furniture for the hospital and healthcare setting, and they pride themselves on working with designers who need to modify furniture for a variety of end users. Here’s a great example. At the request of a designer, Stance modified their popular Legend chair to create a closed arm panel and they made the seat depth adjustable for different sized residents in an assisted living facility. How freaking cool is that? Start exploring now at:

In part one of Cheryl’s conversation today with Suzanne Fawley, you will learn:

  • How the sudden disappearance of Suzanne’s father at age 8 and his sudden return several years later at age 25, impacted Suzanne’s career path.
  • What Suzanne learned from her several years long childhood experience of spending time in the ED after school where her mom was a nurse at the hospital.
  • What Suzanne learned about furniture and how materials performed from working for some of the best furniture manufacturing professionals in the industry.
  • What Suzanne’s diverse and rich career path, including her post college internship at Hayden Design Associate and her college summer work at Burlington Furniture Industries, taught her about behavioral health design.
  • The difference between behavioral health and mental health, and what The Center for Health Design is now calling this specification.
  • The current state of mental health in the United States and how the growth of behavioral health facilities is supporting the demand.
  • The most positive changes in mental health design from Suzanne’s perspective as a product developer.
  • How behavioral health design is distinctly different from regular commercial design or general hospital design.
  • The definition of the term “Resimercial” and why Suzanne finds it so distasteful.

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