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Impacting care with high-performing ceilings

Rockfon’s ceiling solutions offer acoustic, infection control and aesthetic benefits that impact the vitally important functionality, safety and atmosphere of medical facilities.

As healthcare providers work to protect their patients and wider population from the spread of disease, deliver effective care and encourage healing, they rely on their built environment to provide a safe, clean and comfortable space. Perhaps now more than ever, healthcare facilities need to be built and renovated with evidence-based design that supports reduced treatment times and increased levels of patient satisfaction.

With stone wool tiles, metal ceiling panels, wood ceilings and suspension grid systems, Rockfon has an acoustic ceiling solution for every design goal.

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Optimized for Better Performance

Rockfon’s acoustic ceiling tiles feature high NRC ratings helping create a comfortable space for recovery.

Affecting recovery time for patients and overall occupant satisfaction, noise in healthcare settings needs to be addressed with acoustic design optimized for the space.  

Acoustic ceilings in healthcare:  

  • Increase speech intelligibility, making communication between staff and patients easier. 
  • Improve speech privacy and help ensure design complies with HIPAA policies.   
  • Allow patients to rest more comfortablyPatients recovering in good acoustic environments are generally less stressed, have more stable blood pressure and better-quality sleep.1
  • Reduce readmissions  and potentially increase CMS reimbursements—a Swedish study found rehospitalization was higher among patients treated during bad acoustic conditions. 
  • Improve quietness measure performance on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, protecting the hospitals CMS value-based payments.  

Using the Optimized Acoustics approach with Rockfon’s high NRC medical ceiling tiles and panels, healthcare facilities can meet and exceed acoustics standards. Download our design guide to learn the standards and guidelines.   

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Optimized Acoustics can be accomplished with three steps:   

  1. Select a Rockfon suspended ceiling tile to optimize acoustic absorption.

  2. Where needed, use wall or plenum barriers to optimize sound insulation.

  3. Ensure background sound level is within the desired range.  

Continuing Education

Learn more about the impact of ceilings in our continuing education course, Ceiling Systems for High-Performing Healthcare Facilities.

NA, Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Medical Offices, KMD Architects, Rockfon Artic®, Chicago Metallic® Ultraline™ and 1200 Series 15/16-inch ceiling suspension system, Rockfon® Infinity™ Perimeter Trim

Care and cleaning

Minimize maintenance while maximizing infection control

Specifically designed with durability and cleanability in mind, Rockfon’s medical range of ceiling tiles offer unique benefits. They can easily be cleaned with a vacuum or damp cloth. In areas where infection control is a priority, Rockfon Medical Plus and Medical Air are specially treated to allow cleaning with diluted disinfectants and can be steam cleaned. Additionally, our stone wool ceiling tiles and metal ceiling panels will not sag or fall out of the grid, making them a high-performing, long-lasting solution.

NA, Premier Medical, Medical Plus, Chicago Metallic 1200, Renovation

Creating a comforting space

Upgrading traditional ceiling tiles to ones with a modern, smooth appearance works to create a more welcoming, homelike environment for patients, residents and staff. Rockfon’s extensive range of colors, textures, materials and edges gives architects and designers the opportunity to create safe healthcare spaces with a better atmosphere for healing.

NA, Premier Medical, Planar Macroplus, Renovation

Enhancing natural light

Light plays an important role in both psychological and physiological health. But too much light can cause eyestrain and too little can lead to drowsiness. To optimize natural light and limit hot spots and glare, Rockfon ceiling solutions offer up to 86% light reflectance 

NA, Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay Medical Offices, KMD Architects, Rockfon Artic®, Rockfon® Spanair® Torsion Spring concealed metal ceiling panels; Chicago Metallic® Ultraline™ and 1200 Series 15/16-inch ceiling suspension system; Rockfon® Infinity™ Perimeter Trim

Sources:

1. BPIE, “Building 4 People:” (2018) p. 4.

2. Perkins+Will, Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Flame Retardants

3. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/kaiser-permanente-bans-interior-building-antimicrobials-from-its-hospitals-to-curb-antibiotic-resistance-chemical-exposure.html

4. Perkins+Will. Top 10 Things to Know About Antimicrobials