Wall protection


C/S Acrovyn® offers the most complete line of wall protection. Designers can select from hundreds of corner guard, handrail, crash rail, and bumper guard profiles manufactured from Classic Acrovyn, PVC-free Acrovyn 3000, FSC Certified Wood, and Wood/Metal combinations. The total Acrovyn system also includes an extensive line of wallcoverings, wall panels, and even doors. PVC-free Acrovyn 3000 is now MBDC Cradle to CradleSM Silver Certified.

Public sculptures


The placement of public art in communities has been an essential part of our historic makeup. It allows people a place to stop and think about something outside of their daily worries, a place to escape, a place to bring awareness, a place to be inspired, a place to gather, a place to find comfort, or just the right distraction to get the mind moving in another direction. DeDecker Sculpture takes the mission of creating the right element to enhance its surroundings seriously. To forge an alliance with the viewer is the most important component when creating these sculptures.

Artistic ceiling solutions


Transform healthcare design with Ceiling Scenes. Ceiling Scenes are creative ceiling products that are attractive, economical, washable, and easy-to-install. Available in either high-quality acoustic tiles or light lenses, Ceiling Scenes offer customization in image, size, and layout.

Patient room lighting


Alkco introduces ERAcare, an integrated lighting solution for the patient room environment. It fulfills the illumination requirements for examination, reading, and ambient lighting while also simplifying the day-to-day efforts of the healthcare professional and facility maintenance staff. There are no moving parts that need to be flipped or rotated, and the soft form and antimicrobial finish complement infectious control efforts. Every aspect of the design is focused on ease of use.

Healthcare art book


Artist and photographer Henry Domke is self-publishing a book this spring entitled, Picture of Health: Handbook for Healthcare Art. The book is a collection of postings from his blog. A retired physician, Domke has dedicated himself to creating nature art for healthcare environments. His photography is featured in hospitals and doctors' offices across the country. The blog-and the new book-includes interviews from designers and leaders in the healthcare field, the latest research on evidence-based design, expert tips on framing, art budget issues, and other subjects that touch on the field of art in healthcare.

Bird and branch landscapes


Metal's ageless appeal and vibrant hot process patinas give Jon Michael Route's new fabricated wall pieces a very current design presence. Warm and tranquil, they are suitable for healthcare, corporate, or institutional environments. Three-dimensional elements are set on layered landscapes or patchwork fields of rich surface textures, patterns, and colors. They are custom made to match color schemes and size requirements, have varying themes from natural to architectural, and are easily hung. Commissions and site-specific projects are welcomed.

Nature photography for healthcare settings


Placing “healing photo art” in healthcare facilities around the world to bring color and warmth to patients and caregivers is the mission of Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. The nonprofit foundation offers an extensive portfolio of nature photographs ranging from tropical beaches to Japanese cherry blossoms to the Tuscan hills, donated by the founder and noted photographer, Elaine Poggi, as well as other contributing artists. This allows for an affordable option to hospitals with a limited budget.

High-efficiency LED light panel4


The new Vertical Visions product is a three-quarter-inch thin, flat LED light panel. Its advantages include fitting into an existing ceiling tile grid and that it's lightweight to hang like a framed picture with no fluorescent tubes or ballast. This durable, highly efficient, and long-lasting unit (minimum rated 50,000 hours) requires extremely low energy usage. It needs only a 110 plug-in outlet. Multipanel megascene installations can plug into a single extension cord or powerbar. The LEDs deliver extremely even light distribution. Use your own image or choose from hundreds of stock photography choices.

Changeable signage system


DMR Sign Systems introduces EXPLORE, one of three new sign systems: EXPLORE, FORMULATE, and INVENT. EXPLORE takes advantage of the varying acrylic textures available, FORMULATE uses laminate finishes, and INVENT incorporates the look and feel of stone. All have numerous color possibilities to coordinate with interior projects and the flexibility of changeable inserts.

Daylighting and fluorescent dimming control


Lutron's EcoSystem daylight harvesting and fluorescent dimming provides an affordable way to maximize occupant comfort and energy savings. The digital addressable ballasts offer reliable dimming from 100 to 1% and balance input from sensors and controls to maximize energy savings. The “plug and play” components communicate via low-voltage wires, minimizing material and installation costs. EcoSystem also extends lamp life, reducing hazardous waste and the carbon footprint of the facility.

Flame-resistant lighting solutions


New from Studio Lilica Lightform Sculpture®, The Lola pendant light lends a warm, graceful note to any wellness environment. It is made of inherently flame-resistant material, is ETL listed, and available in a wide variety of designer colors and custom options.

Ergonomic seating


Nurture updates its award-winning seating collection Cura, injecting it with just what's needed in these challenging times: 20% lower price, improved comfort, and fresh new colors-coordinating CuraNet mesh and PVC-free Ultraleather for a simple, refined aesthetic. Cura II offers superior patient comfort while meeting the strength and durability requirements across 24/7 healthcare environments. Cura II delivers refined ergonomics through its proper back-to-seat ratio, contoured flexing frame that responds to the user's movement, and an integrated suspension system that helps reduce pressure points.

ADA signage


Neiman & Company, manufactures quality custom architectural and ADA signage for the healthcare industry. Shown clockwise are signs for Sletten Cancer Center located in Great Plains, Montana (designer: Harmon Nelson Design, San Diego, California), Silverado Senior Living located in Redondo Beach, California (designer: Sign & Design, Beverly Hills, California), and the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine located in San Diego, California (designer: SKA Design, Pasadena, California).

Nature-inspired architectural glass


Skyline introduces Botanica, a nature-inspired collection of architectural glass created in collaboration with photographers Henry Domke, Steven Meyers, and Zeva Oelbaum. Botanica includes three Skyline-exclusive images from each photographer with glass options for scale, color, and transparency. Custom designs are also available using other photographs from the portfolios of these artists. The Botanica glass folio is available with numerous options including texture, AST, eco-etch®, one- and two-sided patterns, and opaque Vitracolor®. Computer renderings make the overall visual effect easier to envision.

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Patient-controlled overbed canopy


The Overbed Canopy encapsulates our design mission at Wellness Environments: enhancing patient-centered care. The Overbed Canopy provides positive distraction to the patient and allows him or her to independently control the lighting around them. The diffuser moves air around the patient while exam lights are provided for the caregiver. The canopy is one of many Wellness products designed specifically to enhance the patient experience, increase staff productivity, and minimize risk.

Therapeutic fluorescent light cover

Skypanels capture the essence of nature while creating an illusion of being under real skies and other natural therapeutic settings. Skypanels are custom-designed, decorative, translucent panels that fit into standard fluorescent ceiling fixtures and replace the dull, brittle, plastic stock diffusers found in most commercial offices, hospitals, schools, and homes. Skypanels have been attributed to reducing tension and headaches by providing relief from the harsh glare of traditional overhead diffuser lighting. By creating a feeling of being outdoors, Skypanels users sited elevated moods, feelings of calmness, as well as an increased overall sense of wellbeing, as compared to those who worked under traditional light diffusers.

Healthcare lighting solutions4


Schuler Shook provides lighting design services uniquely tailored to enhance healthcare environments. The company creates innovative and sustainable lighting solutions thoughtfully integrated with the architectural design. Clients include Mayo Clinic; University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital; University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview; Gillette Children's Hospital; Clarian Health; Avera Cancer Institute; Resurrection Health Care Chicago; and Lakewood Health System.

Therapeutic fluorescent light cover


Skypanels capture the essence of nature while creating an illusion of being under real skies and other natural therapeutic settings. Skypanels are custom-designed, decorative, translucent panels that fit into standard fluorescent ceiling fixtures and replace the dull, brittle, plastic stock diffusers found in most commercial offices, hospitals, schools, and homes. Skypanels have been attributed to reducing tension and headaches by providing relief from the harsh glare of traditional overhead diffuser lighting. By creating a feeling of being outdoors, Skypanels users sited elevated moods, feelings of calmness, as well as an increased overall sense of wellbeing, as compared to those who worked under traditional light diffusers.

Nature-inspired wall hangings


Harding Design Studio creates site-specific, quilted tapestry wall hangings. These colorful and softly textured artworks combine a contemporary feel with the warmth and intimacy of a favorite quilt. The nature-inspired images are peaceful, impressionistic reflections on water. An extensive healthcare client list is available.

Hygienic interior panels


Trespa Virtuon is a durable interior building panel that is exceptionally smooth, impermeable, and hygienic. A proprietary top layer gives the panel an easy-to-clean surface and makes it absolutely impervious to cleaning agents and disinfectants. Seams, joints, and associated hardware are all designed to minimize dirt retention. Virtuon is available in a wide range of brilliant standard colors, metallic finishes, and textures, and is ideally suited for hygiene-critical surfaces in healthcare facilities, public buildings, transport terminals, and retail applications.

Hospital-wide art program6


Distinctive Art Source helped Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center realize an art program for their Women & Children's Hospital that not only involved the community but also reflected their faith-based ministry. A rotating art gallery displaying up to 15 images in horizontal or vertical formats greets visitors as they enter the hospital. The first showing was created by children of hospital employees. The staff will rotate the displayed artwork seasonally. HBMC wanted art throughout the hospital to support and reflect their faith-based ministry. In the Well Baby Nursery, as well as in the NICU, images of newborns, both preemie and full term, were overlaid with scripture verses to convey hope, love and support.

Healthcare Design 2009 May;9(5):88-91