Tim Kern works with our Workplace Interiors division, specializing in furniture needs in the Healthcare market. He has been developing solutions for hospitals and physician's offices of all sizes and specializations for 24 years. Check out his interview below with some terrific ideas for those working in the medical field!
Q: What current trends are you noticing in the Healthcare market in regards to furniture appearance & functionality?
A: The current trend is to modernize; upgrades in general with better appeal to the public with nicer finishes and upholstery on the seating. Patient and family comfort is being emphasized.
Q: What is the most popular furniture item for primary care facilities as well as hospitals?
A: Primary care facilities are using better patient rooms and waiting area seating. For the patient room in hospitals, recliners and sleeper chairs are most popular. Even double-wide sleepers are being used. The waiting areas feature more comfortable seating with group areas for families.
Q: Is there a new or upcoming product that you are excited to introduce to the Healthcare market?
A: Enhanced patient recliners with removable arms and foot rests and being used, even heat and massage options are available for the recliners. This enhances patient comfort. The removable arms allow for easier patient transfer and movement. The patient is made more comfortable and the medical staff benefits from less back strain. Also, wall-mounted technology support is more prevalent. Information is more accessible in the patient environment.
Q: For a healthcare facility with a limited budget, what would you suggest for them to implement first?
A: A standardization of furniture programs will increase purchasing power and limit maintenance costs.