Healthcare Flooring Solutions | Trends, Challenges & Objectives

Trends, Challenges and Objectives – Healthcare FlooringPosted: Jun 2014 Posted by: Samantha Sweeney

Samantha Sweeney

As we anticipate the change that will come with the Affordable Care Act, transforming patient care requirements and the latest VA Hospital scandal, I am eager to learn how all of this will continue to affect healthcare trends.  We have already seen the expansion of the convenient, patient-friendly and cost-effective in-store healthcare clinics at CVS and Walgreen’s. Other interesting arrivals to the scene are clinics like Turntable Health, a membership approach to primary care that began as part of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s $350 million economic revitalization project in Downtown Las Vegas.  And the emerging home-based healthcare delivery that seems to have gained increased momentum.

I am intrigued by the healthcare issues of today and the opportunity for me to have a positive effect in my role alongside the interior design community.  In May, I traveled to New York, Arizona, Texas and California where I met with experienced healthcare design teams to gain insight about trends, challenges and how Mats Inc. can best support their objectives.  I have compiled my notes and share my discoveries and thoughts here with you.

Trends for healthcare facility interiors seem to change more slowly and there has been a shift in priority from sustainability, to home-like settings, to the current focus on infection prevention and cost control.  In addition to the attention given to what is considered to be the present trend, design decisions are made by evaluating countless requirements with the ultimate goal of achieving the best possible results for patients, staff and operations.

For healthcare environments, flooring is particularly challenging as each area requires a specific approach.  Performance, maintenance, budget and sustainability must be assessed for each space and then balanced with creating a welcoming, healthy and functional healthcare facility.  There are many different, often conflicting, considerations that influence each decision.  Flooring may not be the first material specified but it is one that will have an impact on infection control, noise, comfort, safety, air quality and lifecycle costs.

When I spoke with designers about support from Mats Inc., I was proud to hear tremendous and wide-spread positive feedback and extremely pleased to learn what additional support we can provide as we move forward.  My all time favorite quote from this trip was in reference to a discussion on PURline, when an extremely influential and experienced healthcare design professional said to me, “somebody has finally figured out how to replace petroleum with plant”.  Priceless!

As design professionals consider resilient floor covering for healthcare projects, following are the top flooring selections from Mats Inc.:


Product Advantage Ideal For
Botanol plant-based polyurethane floor covering. Hygienic nonporous material with tenaciously wear-resistant surface and the simplest of maintenance requirements.

Patient Rooms
Common Areas
Administrative Offices

An unparalleled operating room solution, resilient terrazzo tile flooring significantly reduces maintenance and repair expenses.

Operating Rooms

Highly sound absorbent flooring with the industry’s thickest wear layer never needs waxing stripping or buffing.

Patient Rooms
Children’s Playrooms
Senior Living Facilities

Durable comfort for areas where people stand for long periods of time.

Nurses Stations
Administrative Offices
Patient & Visitor Lounges
Physical Therapy Departments

Authentic looking wood planks and stone tiles create durable, warm and comforting healthcare environments.

Patient & Visitor


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Categories: Architect & Designer News, On the Road with Samantha

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