Case Study: A Community Hospital Reaps National Awards

“We are very focused on creating environments in which patients will improve, Kwalu products helped us reach that goal”.

Muskogee Community Hospital’s Challenges:

  • Find products that support efforts to attain EPA Energy Star and Green Guide for Healthcare Standards certification
  • Identify innovative, stylish, products that can withstand daily use in a medical environment
  • Partner with a company which offers complementing VOC-reducing furniture for the lobby, waiting areas, patient and dining rooms.

Kwalu Solutions:

Kwalu's innovative materials and patented construction ensures that products maintain visual appeal while providing medical environments with ease of cleaning and longevity of service.

  • Designed to Last eco-friendly seating, tables and casegoods provided a seamless, integrated look throughout the space
  • Inert products produce no VOCs, maintain air quality.
  • Environmentally friendly furniture and wall protection is easy to clean which aids in cross-transmission of pathogens with effective infection prevention protocols

Muskogee Community Hospital (MCH) in Muskogee, OK is the first hospital in the nation to earn LEED-Gold for New Construction, awarded the EPA’s Energy Star for design, and the first in Oklahoma to be designed and built using the Green Guide for Healthcare Standards. Sourcing environmentally responsible products was a key focus. Longevity of product service was vital.

If I had to do it again, would I? The answer is, absolutely!

VOC-Reducing Furniture Helps Improve Patient Outcomes

Studies show that roughly half the patients in hospitals have breathing issues. MCH President, Mark Roberts, went in search of products that produced little to no harmful VOCs. Mr. Roberts says he was immediately impressed with Kwalu furniture. “We are very focused on creating environments in which patients will improve, Kwalu products helped us reach that goal”, he says.

Coordinating furniture throughout the hospital

Kwalu provided the facility with its stylish eco-friendly seating, tables and casegoods which are Designed to Last. The furniture makes quite an impression, according to Mark Roberts. “Visitors to our lobby remark that it doesn’t feel like a hospital, it feels more like a hotel setting.” Kwalu also provided the patient room furniture, including armoires with custom size and design elements. Kwalu chairs and tables were used in the dining room to create a hospitality-inspired atmosphere.

Extended Lifecycle for Furniture Decreases Expenditure and Supports Green Initiatives

It was important for this project that the furniture chosen should be innovative in style and design, yet very durable so that it would last year after year. Kwalu’s 10-year, performance-based warranty on construction and finish ensures that furniture remains both attractive and functional, day-in, day-out.

 

“If I had to do it again, would I? The answer is, absolutely!” declares Mr. Roberts.

Company Profile

Muskogee Community Hospital is the first hospital in the nation to be awarded Leed-Gold certification for New Construction and the first hospital to receive the EPA’s Energy Star for design. Focused on the patient, the hospital motto is “Our first priority is you…”.

Muskogee Community Hospital 

2900 North Main Street  

Muskogee, OK 74401 

Phone: (918) 687-7777 

http://www.mch-ok.com

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