October 29, 2012

Herman Miller Healthcare teamed up with MASS Design Group and Maxima, S.A. to design and produce a hospital bed and chair for use in the new GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center in Haiti, scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The teams worked tirelessly during a recent collaborative effort at Maxima’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince to create a prototype that was not only effective, but could be manufactured with local labor and available materials.

“Significant events in our own lives, and those from all over the world are often related to healthcare needs,” said Roger Call, Herman Miller Healthcare’s Director of Corporate A&D. “This was a great opportunity for us to contribute our time, talents, and treasure to create a better world for the citizens of Haiti. It’s a gratifying experience that none of us will soon forget.”

The trip to Haiti is part of an ongoing relationship between Herman Miller Healthcare and MASS Design Group.  MASS designs innovative, inexpensive, and effective healthcare facilities in places such as Rwanda, Haiti, and Burundi. Herman Miller Healthcare adds its unique understanding of the power of space to a collaborative partnership that takes advantage of both entities’ shared interests and focus on human-centered design. The two teams worked with Maxima, a Haiti-based company specializing in precision wood manufacturing to complete the prototype.

“This partnership presents us with an opportunity to not only create jobs but to work with a company like Herman Miller, and design firm like MASS, to create a treatment center designed to provide an experience filled with dignity for patients,” said Evelien de Gier, co-founder of Maxima S.A.  “Haitians are eager to rebuild, and we’re happy to participate in something that will help bring healing to a community still recovering from the earthquake of 2010.”

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