"A view to the future of healthcare natural healing environments"
RADIOLOGY & IMAGING SPONSORED PROFILE TESS A view to the future of healthcare – natural healing environments It has become a necessity for hospitals to place more emphasis on environmental quality. Based on this idea, scenes of nature are helping transform sterile environments into healing facilities that promote wellbeing n today’s push towards healthcare reform there in this new era of expanding patient wellbeing. I TESS USA INC 8 North Main Street is a rapidly emerging movement throughout the Nature is universally understood. Now, as coun- Kingwood global medical market, dramatically shifting tries move to revitalise their healthcare industries, Texas both the plan and design of hospital facilities. the TESS backlit views to nature become an effec- TX 77339 Patients’ desire for comprehensive satisfaction shifts tive and cost-efficient way for the evolving health- USA the hospital design from one intended only for care market to provide more patient friendly medical treatment to a setting recognising the total- environments.” W: www.tessusainc.com ity of what brings a patient to health. With the shift towards privatised healthcare, It is in this regard that healthcare consumers are physicians and hospital administrators realise The international link to changing the focus and face of the shifting and customer satisfaction with the “overall hospital the TESS website, www. expanding hospital model. With more of a voice in experience” includes addressing the environment, hospitalmanagement.net, their healing process comes the ability to choose in in conjunction with physician skills, new technol- soon to be translated into a market that was once dominated strictly by ogy and advanced procedures. Hospitals compete Italian, French, Spanish, medical strategy and advanced technology. On the not only between themselves, but are challenged Arabic, and German. other hand, with tight medical budgets, today’s with increasing free-standing outpatient facilities, explains all TESS hospital administrators are faced with the difficult independent clinics and alternative healthcare programmes and products decisions of addressing patients’ medical needs as providers. Hospitals addressing the body, mind and in great detail. well as their emotional comfort. spirit of their patients give their clients a wider strategy for healing and their facility a competi- Patient-friendly solutions tive edge. For the past 10 years, Therapeutic Environmental SolutionS (TESS), an American-based company, has Comfort and dignity provided cost-effective, patient-friendly solutions Well documented studies and research articles have to address these needs. TESS offers backlit virtual shown that healing environments which bring Author windows, virtual skylight ceiling panel systems and comfort and dignity become a meaningful part of Sandra Corcoran MEd high resolution wall murals bringing large-scale the patient’s healing process.1-3 Case studies indi- Integrated Arts & panoramic views to nature into all divisions of cate that environments designed using nature Alternative Therapist healthcare facilities. reduce stress and support healing by erasing fears The TESS therapeutic product line, now in its of the unknown and empowering the mind to heal. third generation, has been installed around the Design that introduces the spirit of nature into the world. In addition to the existing standard healthcare model not only empowers the patient programme, new products include custom round in their healing process, but supplies a pleasurable skylights, a revolutionary nonferrous MRI art and treatment setting for family and friends who often light panel system, and a custom-tailored children’s feel unable to provide greater support. These programme. scenes to nature cross the boundaries of both Ernesto Machado, President and Founder of language and creed, making it a holistic “touch- TESS says: “Using views to nature to assist in the stone” for people everywhere, helping them in their healing model has become an important addendum desire to seek out more tranquil healing and spir- R2 For information on products and services access www.hospitalhealthcare.com HHE 2005/2006 RADIOLOGY & IMAGING SPONSORED PROFILE itual measures in stressful situa- tions. As the attention towards revitalising the healthcare indus- try grows, hospitals throughout the world are addressing the issue of design as healing. Administrators, doctors and staff, political and environmen- tal policy makers, investors, architects, designers and equip- ment manufacturers are moving to find patient-focused solutions. Installed in over 4,000 healthcare facilities in the USA and around the world, TESS products have proven to be an important value-added supple- ment to facilities and their lead- ing equipment manufacturers. Equipment manufacturers such as GE, Hitachi, Varian, and Siemens Medical patients’ need for comfort and to the sensitivity of Systems to name a few, have endorsed the TESS the advancing technology of the magnets. This product line which compliments their equipment. unique system is the only nonferrous product on TESS was recently represented at the unveiling the market today that does not penetrate the MRI of a state-of-the-art nuclear medicine department room’s shielding. It can be installed while the at Azienda Ospedaliera G Brotzu Hospital, Cagliari, magnet is in operation. The patented technology Italy. Through the vision of Chief Engineer and does not utilise light boxes, light bulbs or fluores- Head of Facility Operations, Gianluca Borelli, the cent tubes. Certified for all magnet frequencies, it hospital installed a 1.22×1.83m TESS skylight in won’t cause artifacts on magnet scans, often a their PET suite and virtual window nature views in concern with installed shielded fluorescent light front of each reclining chair where patients receive boxes. The product arrives to the site complete and treatment. “Everyone was amazed at the transfor- facilities are provided with easy-to-follow wiring mation these nature views provided to the envi- and power supply installation instructions. ronment”, said Borelli. Dr Livia Ruffini, Director of An advantage of the TESS product is the capa- Nuclear Medicine at G Brotzu, said: “The TESS bility to move the panels within the hospital facil- panels were used to create a warm and welcoming ity. One universal characteristic of hospitals is that environment for patients and family members. they undergo constant renovations. The ability to Everyone feels less stressful, and the environment shift the product with minimal effort adds to its References is more efficient for wellbeing.” practicality. Kathy Malone, Nurse Manager of 1. Huelet BJ. Healing Connie Felton, Manager of the Center for Critical Care at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas Environments: Designing Advanced Imaging at West Virginia University Texas, where the facility installed TESS Standard for the Body, Mind and Medical Center, USA, says her facility has received 2×4’ ceiling panels above 26 ICU beds, told of “the Spirit. Alexandria, VA an overwhelmingly positive response from patients calm generated for patients and staff alike”. With (USA): Medezyn; 2003. and staff alike: “Our patients comment frequently the ability to alternate scenes without moving the 2. Sherman SG, Sherman about the beautiful setting and the calm feelings patient or their complicated equipment, patients VC. Total Customer experienced by the views in both the PET/CT and are given a positive distraction in an often disori- Satisfaction: A the MRI suites. Patients have commented that the enting situation. Comprehensive Approach views ease the pain or fear of their procedures.” Creating a “healing environment” implies the for Heath Care Providers. environment is therapeutic and therefore a part of San Francisco: Jossey- MRI-friendly the patient’s inclusive healing process. The TESS Bass; 1999. Anticipating the importance of the MRI market programmes offer hospitals an economical and 3. Kaiser LR. The Hospital worldwide, TESS developed a revolutionary MRI effective means to provide Therapeutic as a Healing Place. Healthc art and light panel system that responds to the Environmental SolutionS. ■ Forum J 1992;35:39-40 Register for your FREE copy of HHE 2006/2007 at www.hospitalhealthcare.com R3 HHE 2005/2006