This month’s issue of PHC News magazine featured Nemours Children’s Hospital, which represents a new class of pediatric care that places a premium on patient family comfort, convenience the ability to “feel like home.”
Products for the new 650,000-square-foot, 95-bed hospital and children’s clinic were selected in close consultation with patient families and based on function, style and aesthetics. Patient rooms were outfitted exclusively with American Standard toilets, tubs, faucets, and sinks.
Enhancing the patient experience was the driver behind decisions ranging from the soothing color pallet to pull-down spray faucets to make it easier for new moms to bathe their infants.a“The team’s overall goal was to provide patient areas that would be comfortable, convenient and functional, with a homey feel,” says Steve Lyon, president of Orlando Winnelson Company, the wholesale plumbing supplier for the project. “Our job was to help them achieve that. The main reason they selected American Standard over other brands is the style and aesthetics,” he says, noting the desire to stay away from an industrial look and feel.
“The look and feel of American Standard was key to the project, and we know it will translate to a good patient experience,” said George Reebals, project manager in charge of the plumbing installation.
Smart design and technology also made American Standard an obvious choice for this project. The Afwall high efficiency toilets, for example, save 30% more water than a traditional 1.6 gallons per flush model while still offering great performance. To help simplify maintenance, the toilets also feature the EverClean permanent finish that inhibits the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew on the surface. Meanwhile, newborn rooms were outfitted with Pekoe pull-down faucets to make it easy for mothers to bathe their babies using a gentle spray.