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Putting Patients in Control of Cancer Care

June 10, 2013

Nemschoff’s Terra Infusion Brings Customizable Comfort to Treatment Experience

Thanks to technologies such as digital personal health records, patients facing chronic illness are no longer limited to taking doctor’s orders; now they are able to play an active role in the care delivery process. This participation not only provides patients with a heightened sense of awareness around their health, but can improve their overall moods and healing outcomes.[1]

As outpatient cancer encounters are expected to increase by 31 percent in the next 10 years, patient engagement is especially and increasingly important. Recognizing this, Nemschoff, a Herman Miller company along with Herman Miller Healthcare, introduces Terra Infusion at NeoCon 2013 (#330), Chicago, June 10-12. A flexible system of components created specifically around cancer care, Terra Infusion is designed to put control back in the hands of patients, while improving the treatment experience for patients, guests and caregivers.

“When we think of cancer, we don’t think ‘disease.’ We think of our mother, father, or friend who has been impacted by it,” said Kent Gawart, COO of Nemschoff. “Healing spaces should be as unique and human as those who use them. By taking advantage of every opportunity to support – and empower – patients and their support system, we can provide them with a sense of normalcy and hope.”

Humanizing Cancer Care
Unlike built-in systems that often limit a healthcare facility’s ability to adjust to patients’ needs and new methods of care delivery, Terra Infusion is designed to be changed to meet those evolving needs. The solution maximizes the functionality of available space and can be changed without the cost and disruption that comes with construction. Available in preconfigured bays or with individual specified components such as wardrobes, television cabinets, work surfaces, nurse servers and benches, Terra Infusion creates distinctive environments that change with a patient’s personal preferences within a cancer treatment center, with features including:

  • An innovative, patient-controlled screen that allows patients to determine their preferred times for privacy or socialization, ensuring patients have critical ownership of their space;
  • Entertainment centers, shelves and power and data hubs, providing patients the option to connect with friends, work or simply unwind.

Beyond supporting the needs of the patients, this adaptive solution also accommodates guests and caregivers. An optional mobile bench lets visitors vary positions while staying close by. Integrated charting areas and tech supports also allow caregivers to remain accessible for patients.

Ensuring design continuity across facilities, Terra Infusion coordinates with Nemschoff’s Terra Casegoods and is available in a range of elegant finish options, including 3Form® translucent panels, solid surfaces, laminate and veneer casegoods. In addition to its adaptive nature and modern, elegant aesthetics, Terra Infusion provides significant return on investment through durable design, comprising dry construction joinery, a plinth base and resilient materials to withstand high-traffic environments. It also features easy-to-clean, Integrated Corian® solid surfaces, which stand up to harsh cleaners used to limit the risk of infection in sensitive treatment areas.

Reinforcing Herman Miller Healthcare and Nemschoff’s commitment to sustainability, Terra Infusion meets GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality and GREENGUARD® Children & Schools certifications.

About Herman Miller’s Healthcare Businesses
Herman Miller Healthcare and Nemschoff bring over 80 years of combined experience and a deep understanding of healthcare environments to help clients think strategically about their space—beyond furniture. They leverage this rich insight and an unparalleled product offering to create adaptive environments across the care continuum that are better for patients and smarter for business. Through a network of clinical strategists, designers, application specialists 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 Pebble Partner with the Center for Health Design; an Industry Partner of the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Design; and now a member of the Planetree Visionary Design Network (PVDN), the first manufacturer to be awarded this distinction.

[1] Herman Miller Healthcare. “Coordinating Care in an Age of Chronic Illness.” (2010).

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