Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

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Hospital patients, staff and visitors have so much to focus on that, most likely, not much thought is being given to whether or not an item of furniture is putting them in harm's way. But thanks to a new movement, that may not be something they ever need to give a single thought to. For several years, there has been a push to utilize furniture, fl ooring, fi xtures and paint with low or zero VOCs. All are good- faith efforts to create healthier environments. But what about furniture treated with fl ame-retardant chemicals? Is this process causing more harm than good? A few leading healthcare organi- zations believe the answer is "yes." It all started with a new fl ammability standard in California and has blossomed out; four healthcare organizations recently made a unifi ed decision not to purchase furniture treated with toxic fl ame-retardant chemicals. The organizations — Advocate Health Care, Beaumont Health System, Hackensack University Medical Center and University Hospitals — combined represent 7,000 patient beds throughout Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio. Kaiser Permanente made a similar announcement in June. The four healthcare systems are enrolled in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative. Health Care Without Harm and HHI brought together major healthcare systems and leading institutional fur- niture manufacturers to discuss opportunities to accelerate the development of furniture without fl ame-retardant chemicals. Commonly used fl ame-retardant chemicals can pose a threat to human health and the environment. Depending on the fl ame retardant, effects include reproductive, neurocognitive and im- mune system impacts, among others. Data is still emerging on these health threats. You can read more about this in our latest eNews. There is so much happening in the green and sustainable areas of healthcare that, in this issue, several features focus on those areas. In addition, we include green news in every issue to continuously keep you up-to-date. If you have news or trends to share, please drop us a note at In the meantime, enjoy the issue! Michelle Tennis Managing Editor Taking a stand Healthcare organizations come together for healthier furniture First Word EDITORIAL PURPOSE: Medical Construction & Design (MCD) ISSN 2155-823X provides the reader with insights and information related to the healthcare construction and design industry. SUBSCRIPTIONS: Medical Construction & Design is published six times a year, bimonthly, by Inform Publishing Group LLC, 8040 E. Morgan Trail, Ste. 23 Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Annual subscriptions are free of charge for qualified requesters. Non-qualified subscribers will be charged $45 in the United States, $75 in Canada and Mexico and $105 in all other countries. 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Mann, AIA, Professor, The Skaggs-Sprague Endowed Chair of Health Facilities Design, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University Founder and Chairman, The RPD (Resource Planning and Development) Group James W. Moler, P.E., LEED AP Member, Green Guide for Health Care Steering Committee Constance Nestor, FACHE, LEAN, EDAC, MArch Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Support Services, Presence Mercy Medical Center T. Scott Rawlings, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Vice President, Healthcare, RTKL Associates; Past President, AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Laura Rygielski Preston, FACHE, Vice President, Global Healthcare, Healthcare Practice, Trane Commercial Systems, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies James Sable, Executive Vice President, greenscreen Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, LEED AP, Chairman Emeritus, HKS Inc. Former President, American Institute of Architects Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, Senior Vice President/ Director Health Facilities, HKS, Inc. 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