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Oct 28, 2019

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. Learn more about Suzanne Fawley and Stance Healthcare by visiting:

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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 two of Cheryl’s conversation today with Suzanne Fawley, you will learn:

  • The definition of Experiential Design and how without it, critical aspects of a patient-centered design are oftentimes overlooked.
  • Suzanne’s first furniture design for Stance Healthcare won the Resilia/HD Nightingale Award. Learn what makes this product line unique to behavioral health design requirements.
  • The details about Suzanne’s second furniture line--Frontier--for Stance Healthcare.
  • Why in mental health and behavioral health design, you don’t have to have augmented, enlarged furniture everywhere.
  • Research has shown that lower beds in patient rooms can be more dangerous.
  • Frontier’s fluid management system is highly specialized for behavioral health design.
  • The versatility and benefits of Frontier’s furniture is explained in detail by Suzanne.
  • Suzanne and Stance Healthcare’s participation in Broughton Hospital project in Morganton, NC and the results of the mixed use facility over the seven year timeline of the project.
  • Stance’s proprietary 3-Way Clean Sweep which allows for housekeeping staff to thoroughly check for contraband and other possible areas where patients can hide items.
  • Stance Healthcare’s position as a smaller furniture manufacturer allows them to be more malleable in creating custom furniture for various end users.
  • Why furniture for Behavioral Health design is not a one size fits all approach.
  • Suzanne’s advice to other designers who don’t have behavioral health design experience.

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