Today, facility and risk mangers, architects and specifiers are being asked to do so much more than just build and renovate spaces. They are charged with creating dynamic places that connect the purpose, values and objectives of an organization with its people. They have to manage a complex web of issues from work processes and technology to communications, while considering design, comfort, sustainability, life-safety and compliance in a litigious environment. And they have to do it with tighter budgets and shrinking time frames.
The world has clearly changed. We choose to see these issues as an opportunity rather than a problem. In fact, we've redesigned our company to provide our customers with customized flooring solutions that help them meet their business objectives. We strive to help our customers redefine their interior environments so they become investments in human capital, rather than simply operating expenses. As the leader in specialty flooring industry, we're showing clients how integrating design with life-safety can enhance employee productivity and help companies attract, motivate and retain the best talent.
This integrated approach to interior space may not be what you expect from a flooring company. But we're used to doing things differently. Innovation is in our company's DNA and has been for over 100 years. In 1920 our predecessor company, in an effort to address our customers' concerns, developed the first integrated steel pail with rubber gaskets. This new pail, which replaced the wooden pail, provided environmental benefits by reducing the need for timber and preventing leakage of toxic materials in the coatings industry. Responding to customers has always been at the core of our business, a century ago and today.
Our mission is to integrate design and life-safety into flooring and stairwell solutions to create more productive, safer spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and add to our customers' economic success.
Tarkett Partners with Four Leading Healthcare Organizations
Written by: Cindy Mansfield
Tarkett Partners with Four Leading Healthcare Organizations
Expanding its Commitment to Flooring Systems that Support Health and Wellness
As part of ongoing efforts to provide flooring systems that advance health, healing and wellness in the healthcare built environment, Tarkett, the worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, announced today collaborative partnerships with four leading healthcare organizations: NXT Health, Planetree, Practice Greenhealth, and Center for Health Design (CHD). The partnerships are integral elements of the Tarkett North America Healthcare Program and the company is the first flooring manufacturer to take this holistic approach.
Partners were strategically chosen to provide a well-rounded methodology to the topics and trends that are shaping the healthcare industry today. This includes fostering and promoting Generative Spaces â€“ a place where the experience of the participants is one that both fulfills the functional requirements of the space and also materially improves the health, and/or quality of life for those that live, work, play and heal in that space.
A primary goal of the Healthcare Program is to establish flooring as an active part of the healing environment, enabling Generative Space through safety, quiet, comfort and so on. To help accomplish that objective, Tarkett has established collaborative partnerships with the following healthcare organizations:
NXT Health â€“ The mission of NXT Health is to sponsor collaborative design innovation in order to enhance the healthcare experience and improve the delivery of care. NXT, who has a strong commitment to collaboration and an open platform approach, focuses on design, looking at entire systems of care and how technologies can work together to improve infection control, patient/family engagement, caregiver workflow and safety/accident reduction. This is demonstrated in the organizationâ€™s Patient Room 2020 prototype currently on display in New York City. â€śWe are seeing more and more that the power of design can contribute to medical outcomes. We also believe that innovation can be a tool to bring down costs," said Co-Lead and Executive Director Sally Whitman,
Tarkett has an exclusive agreement with NXT Health as one of four global founding partners that supports the efforts of the organization to solve the complex issues within healthcare (others include DuPont, Osram-Sylvania and Steris). Tarkett is also the only flooring manufacturer among the founding partners.
Planetree â€“ A nonprofit organization, Planetree is dedicated to delivering health care that puts the needs of individuals first. They provide education and information in a collaborative community of healthcare organizations, facilitating efforts to create patient-centered care in healing environments. It has developed shared decision-making curriculum for healthcare providers focused on the needs of the patient. Planetree is considered the first patient-centered hospital group in the United States. Over the years, Planetree has conducted thousands of focus groups with patients, family members and care givers to help define the needs of patients, as well as the concept of patient-centered care (planetree.org). Tarkett has formed an exclusive, collaborative agreement with Planetree and will partner with them on research and in daily practice. According to Susan Frampton, president of Planetree, â€śTarkett has amazing reach with broad global connections that will help support the work we are doing to develop a global innovators group.â€ť
Practice Greenhealth â€“ A nonprofit membership organization, Practice Greenhealth was founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship and best practices by organizations in the healthcare community. The organization was founded in 1998 when the American Hospital Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a landmark agreement to advance pollution prevention efforts in the nationâ€™s healthcare facilities. Tarkett is the first and only flooring manufacturer to become a member of Practice Greenhealth and will be working with the organization throughout 2014 to develop research and literature. Bob Jarboe, Practice Greenhealth Executive Vice President for Business Development noted, â€śWe are really thrilled to have Tarkett as a member. Seldom do we see a company say they want to be involved in as many ways as possible. They have jumped firmly into our business leadership coalition.â€ť
Center for Health Design (CHD) â€“ Created in 1993 by a pioneering cadre of healthcare and design professionals, CHDâ€™s mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. CHD embraces the concept that design can be used to improve patient outcomes in healthcare environments. As promoters of excellence in design and leadership, CHD has developed an internationally recognized education program for Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). Throughout 2014, Tarkett will be working with CHDâ€™s research and development division, The Pebble Project, on best practices/applications in healthcare flooring. â€śWe are champions of evidence-based design and take a multi-disciplinary approach and are supported by the industry, individuals, business and end-users as we work to shape the future of healthcare design. Weâ€™re looking forward to this collaborative opportunity with Tarkett,â€ť said Mark Goodman, Vice President of Business Development.
Cynthia Hubbell, Director of Healthcare Development for Tarkett North America said, â€śCollaborative partnerships are a crucial part of the foundation of our healthcare program. These new alliances enable us to have a more thorough understanding of all the processes and considerations in the healthcare built environment.â€ť
Hubbell added, â€śThrough these newly formed relationships we have access to the innovations, trends and thought leaders in healthcare. This helps us focus on floor system solutions that meet the patient-centered needs of todayâ€™s healthcare industry.â€ť
There are six core values in the comprehensive Tarkett Healthcare Program, which include patient-centered care, innovation, research and development, sustainability, life safety, and addressing the needs of group purchasing organizations (GPOs). In addition to forming organization partnerships, Tarkett also has contracts with several GPOs.
To learn more about how Tarkettâ€™s North American commercial line of flooring products may be applied to the healthcare industry, visit www.tarkettna.com.
Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. With a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletics track, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With almost 11,000 employees and 30 production sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett net sales of 2.3 billion euros in 2012 are balanced between Europe, North America and fast growing countries. Since January 2007, Tarkett has been jointly owned by the Deconinck family (50 per cent) and private equity funds affiliated with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (50 per cent). [This is no longer the structure of the ownership, given the IPO and other actions. What can we see from a corporate standpoint?] Tarkettâ€™s North American headquarters are in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. For more information about Tarkett global, please visit www.tarkett.com. To learn more about the companyâ€™s North American commercial flooring solutions, including Johnsonite and Tandus Centiva, visit www.tarkettna.com and www.tandus-centiva.com.