Rubber flooring’s comfort and resilience appeal to patients, families and caregivers in a renovated healthcare facility.

For many healthcare facilities facing renovation projects, choosing materials that provide everyday performance and extended value go hand-in-hand. For officials at Portage Health, a rural regional health care provider, nora® flooring was a natural choice to satisfy the need for comfort, durability and reduced life cycle costs during a recent renovation.


With five clinics in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula, the nonprofit organization supports a range of health services throughout four counties. The recently renovated main campus in Hancock offers orthopedics, general surgery and other services by visiting specialists.

One of the main goals throughout the renovation was to create a space that would help patients and families feel more at home in a quiet, recuperative environment. After a trial of nora flooring in some internal staffing areas, employees were quick to acknowledge the extra comfort the flooring delivered.


The healthcare provider installed noraplan environcare™ in corridors, the mammography/bone-scan room and the cancer-care suite, taking advantage of the resilient, forgiving surface and underfoot comfort. “Our nurses are experiencing less fatigue because of the nora flooring,” says Glenn Patrick, the director of facilities for Portage Health. Enhanced acoustic properties keep the space quiet, even in the presence of rolling beds and carts. The extensive color palette gave hospital officials greater options for providing an attractive, recuperative atmosphere for patients and their families.


With funding at a premium for this community-based hospital, officials needed flooring that offered long-term value and cost-effective maintenance. Before the renovation, the maintenance staff had trouble cleaning the carpet. The switch to nora flooring gives the hospital a simplified, finish-free maintenance process that helps curb operating costs.

The increased comfort, simple maintenance and long-term value provided by nora flooring will serve Portage Health staff and patients for years to come. See how the hospital created an environment conducive to productivity and healing in the complete project profile.