Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
Integrity™ lighted mirrors were used throughout the brand new Martha Jefferson Hospital. Kahler Slater turned to Electric Mirror® for a number of custom sized mirrors with safety approvals for health care use.
Martha Jefferson Hospital reinvents healthcare by turning to hospitality provider Electric Mirror® for custom lighted mirrors.
After over ten years of dreaming, planning, designing and building, Martha Jefferson Hospital is welcoming patients onto the new campus and into the new facility. As one of the premier heath care facilities in Virginia, the state-of-the-art facility called for a unique blend of functional medical spaces and welcoming patient and visitor spaces. To maximize functionality and aesthetic of design, Martha Jefferson Hospital looked to health care environment design experts Kahler Slater.
In an effort to promote a healing environment, a selection of color palettes, furniture, fixtures and finishes were chosen to mimic how people perceive colors and textures in nature. Neutral colors were used in public spaces while the private rooms have brighter, more lively colors coupled with artwork – to act as something of a distraction to the patient who may well be facing fear and anxiety on his or her hospital visit. Integrity™ lighted mirrors illuminate a number of the hospital spaces, including public, patient, and staff bathrooms. Electric Mirror® boasts true light color, creating natural lighting, adding to the luminance of the healing environment.
Kahler Slater’s Project Lead & Senior Interior Designer Jessica Steeble was behind the decision to use the Integrity™. “Our team explored overhead lights, sconces, and struggled to find the right solution. Having an integrated light in the mirror saved considerable space and also allowed us to reduce the amount of additional lighting in the space overall. This was a perfect compromise.” Speaking to the functionality of the product in the hospital environment, Steeble explained, “The fact that the light was integral to the mirror was a huge advantage for us. The light is easy to access to change out the lamping as needed. The mirror surface and frosted accent on the face of the mirror is highly cleanable.”
In order to accommodate the variousspaces and situations in Martha Jefferson Hospital, Electric Mirror® was able to work with Kahler Slater to create a number of custom-sized Integrity™ lighted mirrors. In addition to a high variance in sizing, many healthcare situations have strict safety requirements – ranging from earthquake safeness to specific electric requirements. “UL [certification] was an absolute necessity,” stressed Steeble.
Electric Mirror® CEO Jim Mischel said, “Lighted mirrors in healthcare settings like Martha Jefferson, other hospitals, and clinics, is a rapidly emerging trend.”
Electric Mirror® is proud to offer beautiful, functional products that meet safety regulations for healthcare use.