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Patients Not Prisoners: Designing Safe and Secure Patient Rooms and Bathrooms

Thursday June 23, 2016 | 1:00 p.m. ET, 12:00 p.m. CT

As the need for behavioral healthcare treatment continues to increase, so does the need for appropriately designed patient living areas. Remodeling rooms to have a more universal design allows hospitals to appropriately accomodate a patient with special needs without having to reorganize or move other patients.

Facility environmental issues are the root cause of 84 percent of inpatient suicides. Join this webinar to learn about how to remodel safe, secure, patient rooms and bathrooms in your behavioral facilities. Attendees will learn about ligature resistant design, how to test for it and why it's important to make sure all patient rooms and bathrooms follow this guideline. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe ligature resistant design
  • List ligature resistant products to incorporate in the design of patient rooms and bathrooms.
  • Summarize ways to make remodel bedrooms and bathrooms to look less like a prison and more like a residential setting

Kristin Kahle
Vice President
Whitehall Manufacturing

Kristin Kahle has worked in the commercial plumbing industry for more than 20 years. In 1998, she started the luxury-plumbing brand Neo-Metro out of parent company Acorn Engineering Company (now re-named as Morris Group International), which specializes in durable commercial and correctional fittings.

Kristin’s experience in the plumbing industry and extensive knowledge of the hospitality, architecture and design markets combined to create Neo-Metro’s line of fully customizable plumbing fixtures. Constructed from durable materials like stainless steel and cast solid surface, she took this knowledge into the healthcare industry with Whitehall. Kristin currently runs two divisions for Morris Group International: Whitehall Manufacturing and Neo-Metro.

Steve McIntosh
Healthcare Specialist
Whitehall Manufacturing

As Whitehall's healthcare specialist, Steve McIntosh is responsible for coordinating sales efforts with the company's independent representatives, and promoting products to architects, engineers and end users. Steve brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and medical sales to Whitehall Manufacturing.

Before joining Whitehall, Steve worked as the National Business Development Manager-Plumbing Division for Component Hardware Group. In this position he led sales efforts to architects, engineers, wholesalers, and end users.  In addition, Steve led the promotion of SANIGUARD treatment, Component Hardware’s silver-based antimicrobial technology.