New Nemschoff and Brandrud Furnishings are Latest Prescription for Healthcare Spaces

June 07, 2010

Herman Miller Subsidiaries Showcase Broadened Portfolio Designed to Answer Needs of Evolving Healthcare Interiors at NeoCon

In their continued collaborative efforts to lead the industry in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge healthcare furnishings, Herman Miller, Inc., subsidiaries Nemschoff, Brandrud, and Herman Miller Healthcare, unveil an array of interior solutions designed to enhance healthcare spaces at NeoCon, June 14-16 (# 3-330). Rooted in research and thoughtfully designed, these latest introductions add to the companies' robust and coordinated spectrum of fully flexible furnishings for the ever-changing healing environment—from the waiting area and administrative offices to the clinical labs and pharmacy, into patient rooms and other treatment spaces—available as a result of the three companies' coalition to advancing the design of healthcare furnishings.

"Healthcare is a dynamic environment—as it evolves, so do the needs of every nurse, doctor, lab technician and patient. Healthcare furniture solutions must adapt to these changes," says Kent Gawart, Chief Operating Officer, Nemschoff and Brandrud. "Our collective strength, with the combined capabilities of the Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff and Brandrud brands, enables us to furnish a broad spectrum of care environments with agile, high-performance, aesthetically appealing offerings. Through evidence-based design practices we are expanding our portfolio to answer the shifting demands and desires of healthcare interiors, helping to ensure safer, more efficient and quality care."

Their configurations, sizes, shapes, and leg features are unified in fit and finish to integrate with any environment or application, including education and training, small conferencing, height adjustability in workstations, cafe and lounge areas.

In a recent survey, 67 percent of nurses said their workload has increased over the last six months (1). With more being asked of caregivers, it is critical that furnishings provide greater value and security to both patients and staff. Given that the layout of a patient room can have a dramatic effect on efficiency and care delivery, these latest introductions from Nemschoff are designed to help caregivers put patients first.

Serenity III Exam Chair: A smooth-motion calibrated vertical lift feature allows caregivers to raise or lower patients to optimum height for seated comfort, and/or to desired height during treatment or examination. Initially developed in collaboration with Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center of Sioux Falls, SD, to meet the needs of an ambulatory care environment, the chair also demonstrates Nemschoff's ability to develop innovative, customer-driven solutions.

Brava Patient Chair: Enhanced with new options, Brava patient seating evolves to meet emerging needs in patient areas. Brava's new fold-down arm allows convenient and safe access to seated patients for treatment or examination, and also facilitates patient ingress and egress. Additionally, a new folding table option connects to the rear of the chair-back, providing a simple ad-hoc surface for guests or caregivers when interacting with a seated patient.

Studies have shown that involving family and loved ones in caring for the patient results in better and faster healing (2). Armed with the research required to thoughtfully design products that exude hospitality, Nemschoff and Brandrud have created furnishings to accommodate friends and family.


Custom Casegoods Solutions: Demonstrating Nemschoff's ability to provide custom solutions, casegoods designed by Cindy Carpenter-Smith include a simple credenza flanked by two coordinated benches. Designed to support the needs of patients and their guests, the casegoods also convey a sense of comfort and order through elegant details and a clean aesthetic. The custom design highlights refined joinery, wood veneer faces, a Corian surface and a simple linear pull.

Brava SleepOver Settee: Expanding Nemschoff's offering of settee products, the Brava SleepOver Settee expands from both sides for increased planning and placement flexibility. The dual expanding sides require less clearance—a much needed feature in smaller healthcare spaces—and as it extends without coming into contact with the floor, the design also allows for greater cleanability. With additional storage for bedding, the settee is fully optimized for space efficiency.

Dex Folding Chair: Designed by Gary Cruce, Dex combines refined and simple folding mechanics with the performance demands of patient room environments. As a product designed specifically for healthcare, the chair features a secure folding mechanism with a 350 lb load rating, a wider seat dimension to accommodate differing body sizes, and components and joinery sympathetic to infection control measures and cleaning requirements. The chair also features a narrow profile when folded for stowage or hanging within wardrobes or behind doors.

Lauderdale Lounge: A complement to its successful original design, this new version extends the Lauderdale Lounge family and offers the same style, look and feel within a smaller scale individual unit. With its reduced footprint, the new Lauderdale also allows for seating densities typical of clinical waiting areas. Designed by Cindy Carpenter-Smith and available in multiple seating configurations, both the standard and new designs elegantly convey the warm embrace of a rounded back chair while also meeting healthcare dimensional and structural needs.

Whisk Stacking Chair: Designed by Ken Reinhard, a long-time Nemschoff design partner and the author of the successful Brava collection, Whisk is a refined stacking side chair designed for a variety of patient treatment areas where strength and durability must marry with aesthetics. The chair features a resilient powder coated metal frame, allows for wood or urethane arm caps, and is designed with healthcare dimensions, structure, and service in mind. Whisk can be stacked up to four high and is standard with an upholstered seat and wood back.


Revive Guest Center X2: An expansion to Brandrud's award-winning Revive Guest Center, X2 features a fold-down back that provides an increased sleep surface to accommodate two adults. Available along with all other Guest Center features, X2 further expands the application potential of the Revive platform into areas such as pediatrics and labor/delivery where multiple family members are likely to spend the night.

Utilizing a knowledge-based approach, with input from internal clinical and application strategists, and healthcare designers, these latest introductions reinforce Herman Miller Healthcare's steadfast commitment to enriching the healing environment for patients, their families and healthcare professionals, through adaptive environments inspired by evidence-based design.

About Herman Miller's Healthcare Businesses
Herman Miller Healthcare, Nemschoff, and Brandrud deliver thoughtful applications in support of healthcare environments for the well-being and comfort of staff, patients, and their families. Through a network of clinical strategists, clinical designers, and sales professionals, the companies provide research-based, problem-solving solutions to improve working and healing environments. Herman Miller is a charter member of the Health Facility Institute; a sustaining member of the Coalition for Health Environments Research; and a Research Partner with the Center for Health Design.

1 "Caring for Caregivers, Part 2," Kerrie Cardon, RN, AIA, ACHA, Healthcare Design, August 2009.
2 "New Hospital Designs Change with Demands; Amenities Create Hotel-Like Ambirnce," Shannon Mortland, Crain's Cleveland Business, July 28, 2008.