December 8, 2014

Nemschoff’s new Palisade Collection was named “Best of Show” in the prestigious Nightingale Awards Competition at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference in San Diego, November 15-18.

The Nightingale Awards showcase excellence and innovation in healthcare product design. The annual competition aims to promote and recognize product design that contributes to the quality of healthcare.

The Palisade Collection is designed to encourage guest participation in the healing process by creating an accommodating and responsive setting within the patient room. It is also designed for use in other areas within health systems, such as lounges, waiting rooms, and public spaces, where the experience of waiting can influence the perception of care. It is also perfect for caregiver lounges and respite rooms.

Nemschoff Director of Product Development Gary Cruce said, “We’re particularly proud that this product was singled out for recognition. The support of family and friends is critical to the patient experience, and yet it really hasn’t been given the full attention it deserves. We feel that Palisade brings significant design innovation and functionality to the place where it matters most: the patient room.”

Palisade is based on research that shows the presence of family members can improve patient communication, satisfaction, and outcomes. In a recent study at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, family support was shown to lower the potential for patient injury, preventing additional intervention and costs. By providing family areas in patient rooms, patient falls were cut by two-thirds compared to rooms with no family accommodations.

“It is well known that the support of family and friends has a positive effect on the patient experience,” said Dave Ruppel, Nemschoff Vice President and General Manager. “The Palisade Collection was designed to offer a sense of welcome and comfort to guests, supporting their need to work, eat, sleep, and stay close to their loved one.”

“Palisade is a thoughtful solution that recognizes the fact that families and friends function as a critical part of the caregiving team,” added Louise McDonald, President of Herman Miller Healthcare.

Building upon years of knowledge and leadership in the sleep solutions category, Nemschoff developed Palisade to be a more complete family-centered solution that elevates the critical role of guest and family support to improve outcomes, and enhance safety and workflow within the patient room.

The Palisade Collection features seating, technology support, lighting, storage, sleeping, and work space. Designed for Nemschoff by Jess Sorel of Sorel Studio, Palisade supports multiple functions within the patient room footprint while providing the flexibility to adapt to the continuous change in healthcare facilities.

While traditional patient rooms focus on patients, Sorel was intrigued by the idea of focusing on another important audience within that same space. In designing Palisade, he created an environment that speaks to the patient’s guests first, instantly projecting a sense of welcome and support.

“From the minute you walk into the room, you can immediately see that there is something different here, and you are the focus,” said Sorel. “Once this guest has been effectively cared for, it enables them to turn their attention to hosting the patient. It’s fascinating to think of hosting as not only a person-to-person relationship, but also something a space can communicate to a person.”

Palisade includes a sofa that converts to a sleep surface, open and intuitive storage, a guest stool designed to sit next to the bed and support eye-level guest-to-patient interactions, and a mobile table with legs that slide under the sofa for a more efficient footprint.

“Palisade is ideal for facilities where space is at a premium, but comfort and satisfaction can’t be compromised,” said Ruppel. “Through comfortable, flexible solutions, facilities will be ready to support patients and their guests, while still maximizing hospitals’ use of space and return on investment.”

The 2014 Nightingale Awards honor new healthcare products introduced to the U.S. market since November 2013. They are awarded based on the product’s contribution to the quality of healthcare, functionality, quality, aesthetics, environmental sustainability and pricing, and they are judged by interior designers and architects specializing in healthcare design.

This year’s Nightingale Awards featured more than 40 products in multiple categories. The Palisade Collection was one of three Nightingale Gold Award winners selected as finalists for Best of Show. 

The Nightingale Awards product design competition is sponsored by Contract magazine in association with The Center for Health Design and The Healthcare Design Conference.

About Nemschoff
Nemschoff, a Herman Miller company, provides innovative furnishings for healthcare and other high-use environments, including education and public spaces.  With equal emphasis on style and performance, Nemschoff solutions combine high-quality materials and construction, thoughtful features, and unparalleled comfort, into a unique form of design that has become the preferred choice for equipping healthcare environments. Founded in 1950, with headquarters in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Nemschoff believes that people make a difference, things should be built to last, and design can improve the way we work, heal, and live