Case Study: Rehab Hospital Furniture with Sophistication and Staying Power

“…a partner in helping to make this project a true success”.

St. Catherine’s West Rehabilitation Hospital’s Challenges:

  • Selecting rehab hospital furniture that preserves the unique aesthetic of each space while complementing the overall design
  • Choosing rehabilitation furniture that is stylish and durable, can withstand high use, and requires low maintenance
  • Finding a trusted supplier that acts a partner and delivers a quality product

Kwalu's Solutions:

Kwalu partners with clients who truly understand that aesthetics and functionality no longer have to be mutually exclusive.

  • Wide array of stylish rehab seating, tables, and caseloads that is Designed to Last
  • Unique 10 year performance- based warranty on construction and finish
  • Flawless customer service

St. Catherine’s West Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Catholic Health Services, brings together a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing beds, and a hospice unit. The belief at Catholic Health Services is that combining medical care with rehabilitation services focusing on functional, physical, cognitive and behavioral skills, will enable patients to live as independently as possible.

Kwalu has worked closely with our team to create beautiful furniture and seating pieces that complement the design… nicely.

Dramatic endurance test

Mary Jo Frick, VP of Finance for Catholic Health Services (CHS), had heard of Kwalu’s Designed to Last rehabilitation furniture, and took some time out of her busy day to throw a Kwalu chair down the stairwell to test its durability. She was very impressed by the minimal damage to the stylish, elegant chair. And then even more impressed when she saw damage being removed by steel wool in seconds. Through Kwalu, Mary Jo had found a sophisticated solution to CHS needs for stylish, functional rehab hospital furniture

Setting the standard

Mary Jo shared her demonstration with Drew Schweitzer, Director of Materials Management for CHS, and, over seven years and several new builds later, Kwalu remains the standard for rehab seating, tables and casegoods in the high-end Catholic Health Services communities.

Custom casegoods

Kwalu collaborated with Catholic Health Services to create custom built-in corner units for their patient rooms that fulfilled the design standards set for St. Catherine’s West Rehabilitation Hospital. These beautiful custom units matched other Kwalu casegood pieces, chairs and custom window benches in these rooms and in Hospice designated rooms. Kwalu also produced seating and tables for cafeteria and dining spaces, lounge and lobbies throughout the facility, quiet rooms, and physician and staff lounges.

True partnership

“Kwalu has worked closely with our team to create beautiful furniture and seating pieces that complement the design of St. Catherine’s West Rehabilitation Hospital very nicely, and we are pleased to consider them as a partner in helping to make this project a true success,” said Drew.

Company Profile

St. Catherine’s West Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Catholic Health Services, brings together a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing beds, and a hospice unit. With 67,289 SF of space, the facility houses 60 inpatient beds (including private rooms, skilled nursing beds, and orthopedic rehabilitation beds), a medical rehab gym, an indoor aquatic center, and an inpatient Catholic Hospice care center. Physician specialties include internal medicine, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, infectious disease and orthopedics.

 

St. Catherine’s West Rehabilitation Hospital

8850 NW 122nd St.

Hialeah, FL 33018

Phone: (305) 351-7181

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