Medical center officials turn to nora® flooring to outfit brand new emergency department.
Home to the second busiest emergency department in the state, Baystate Medical Center (BMC) is an academic, research and teaching hospital that serves as the western campus of Tufts University School of Medicine. Located in Springfield, MA, this 657-bed facility is the only Level 1 trauma center in western Massachusetts.
Recently, Baystate opened a new emergency department in the MassMutual Wing to help accommodate the growing needs of the busy, expanding facility. Not only did hospital administrators require that the products they use align with sustainable building guidelines, but they also requested products that promoted comfort and productivity of nurses and staff while also enhancing safety and patient care.
In developing plans for the new emergency department and the rest of the 640,000-square-foot facility, BMC officials looked again to nora® flooring, a product they have used in a variety of other projects and renovations over the last decade. Nurses respond favorably to the installation of nora flooring in patient areas, noting that enhanced underfoot comfort helps them stay focused and fight fatigue.
“Staff members really like the flooring because it has a little bit of cushion to it,” says Stanley Hunter, project executive at BMC.
Additionally, maintenance staff can keep the flooring clean without the use of waxes or chemicals, contributing to a healthy and efficient emergency department. The custodial team maintains flooring efficiently and without harmful cleaning chemicals, while the sustainable attributes and durability of the flooring fit in with BMC’s green guidelines. Ultimately, the center exceeded its challenging goal to create a comfortable and healthy environment by using sustainable, easy-to-maintain materials that will serve the immediate needs of patients and staff and stand up to the rigors of long-term use.
To learn more, read our project brief about Baystate Medical Center.