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Mar 29, 2022

On Part 2 of today’s episode, “What Would Barbara Do?” Lauren Banas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Krug, a multi award winning furniture manufacturer of innovative commercial and healthcare solutions, is in the host seat!  Lauren continues Cheryl’s conversation with Barbara Dellinger in part 1 of today’s episode by asking her several specific questions about current furniture and fabric specification requirements.

“What Would Barbara Do?” is a light hearted discussion about a very complex topic and answers questions that have been on the minds of healthcare design professionals continuously since the pandemic began in the United States in 2020. 

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Read the presentation from the 2021 HCD (Healthcare Design Conference) - The More You Know: Reduce Failures by Understanding Performance Requirements for Healthcare Durable Coated Fabrics and Surface Materials:

In Part 2 of Lauren’s conversation with Barbara Dellinger, they discuss:

  • Why is Barbara Dellinger Lauren’s favorite “go to person” when faced with a concern about fabrics for healthcare environments?
  • Vinyl in the past has been abandoned by manufacturers. Is it back? 
  • Is durability more important than sustainability?
  • What happens when fabrics puddle and wrinkle?
  • Is there any way for designers to know which fabrics will succeed and which ones will fail?
  • Are woven fabrics ever acceptable?
  • Why is chair construction so important?
  • What are the current trends – solid surface vs. laminate, wood vs. metal?
  • What does Barbara consider to be the minimal rate rating acceptable when specifying lounge seating in healthcare environments?
  • Who are the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association, and why are they such a great resource for designers?

Krug Healthcare Solutions is a multi-Nightingale award-winning furniture manufacturer. Krug has been recognized as a leader in the healthcare furnishings marketplace by senior healthcare designers and top healthcare facilities throughout North America. Krug is committed to developing outstanding product solutions that are beautiful, highly functional, sustainable, and deliver outstanding value. Krug takes an evidence-based, person-centered approach to all aspects of product design. Their comprehensive offering includes a variety of options for common areas, patient spaces, and administrative zones. Krug’s environmental commitment is strong. They continuously work to incorporate environmental sustainability in all business practices and manufacturing processes. For more information about Krug Healthcare Solutions, please visit their website at

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Additional support for this podcast comes from our industry partners:

  • The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers
  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

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