October 4, 2012

Recognized for its long-standing commitment to improving the patient experience through the power of space, Herman Miller Healthcare, a division of Herman Miller, Inc., became the newest member of the esteemed Planetree Visionary Design Network (PVDN). The first manufacturer to be awarded this distinction, Herman Miller Healthcare accepted the honor at the Planetree Annual Conference on Wednesday, October 3.

A non-profit organization offering healthcare providers essential tools to transform organizational cultures, Planetree founded the PVDN in 2008 with the mission to enhance healing environments through a collaborative forum of design professionals who fully embrace Planetree’s patient-centered philosophy. By drawing upon members’ expertise, the PVDN seeks to design facilities that offer the greatest opportunity for care of the body, mind and spirit from the perspective of the patients, families and caregivers who use that space.

Under the Planetree Model of Care – which is committed to enhancing healthcare from the patient’s perspective – Herman Miller Healthcare will collaborate with the Network to inspire the creativity and design excellence of healing environments by helping to:

  • Develop a learning community amongst design professionals through the website and other media vehicles;
  • Provide design professionals with a forum to advance knowledge of the Planetree Model of Care;
  • Give affiliates, and future affiliates, a reference source and toolkit to help them best develop their projects in a truly patient-centered model.

“Aligned with the ideals of Planetree, our primary mission is to create solutions within the healthcare space that place patients and the care given to them at the forefront of our product and systems design. By incorporating the power of space throughout the continuum of care, we are able to create an environment that positively impacts how caregivers work and ultimately, how patients feel,” said Herman Miller Healthcare President Louise McDonald. “As a proud new member of the Planetree Visionary Design Network, we look forward to partnering with this organization that’s equally devoted to patient-focused care and creating spaces that do more for the people who use them.”

Herman Miller Healthcare joins an exclusive group of leaders serving as catalysts for change in healing design. Members are selected on the basis of their healthcare design expertise and ability to exhibit a healing environment within their own organizations through the integration of sustainable practices and staff-friendly working environments. Qualifying organizations are carefully assessed by Planetree Design Advisory Council representatives to measure their commitment to improving the path toward healing.

To learn more about how Herman Miller Healthcare, along with the PVDN, is enhancing the healthcare experience for patients, their families and caregivers, visit www.planetree.org.

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.

About Planetree
Founded in 1978 by a San Francisco patient who endured a traumatic hospitalization, Planetree has been at the forefront of the effort to personalize, humanize and demystify the healthcare system for more than three decades. Today, the Planetree network is a global community of acute care hospitals, continuing care communities, and outpatient clinics, each at various phases of the journey to transform their healthcare by considering every aspect of the healthcare experience from the perspective of their patients and residents, and reconnecting staff to their passion for caring for others. A complete list of Planetree hospitals is available at www.planetree.org.