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May 10, 2013 – Wieland, a nationally recognized, award-winning design and manufacturing  firm of healthcare furniture, is pleased to introduce Trace, an in-room, patient-centered chair and ottoman ensemble designed to promote greater comfort and cleanliness in the healthcare setting. Trace is the result of extensive voice-of-customer and design research to develop an aesthetically pleasing, space sensitive, easy care chair that contributes to patient recovery.

By design, Trace merges contemporary aesthetics of molded wood with practical functionality of a powder coated metal frame for easier infection control and cleanability; if desired, the chair’s back, seat and ottoman may be fully upholstered to eliminate the wood altogether. Trace patient chairs are offered in two widths, 22-inch and 30-inch; and the ottoman is designed to nest neatly under the seat when not in use. Arm caps are available in wood, urethane, and thermoform.

Trace features a metal frame constructed of heavy gauge steel and welded joints for optimum durability to support bariatric capacities. Molded foam cushions are strategically designed to provide support while reducing pressure points, and moisture barrier is standard on all models. Molded wood panels are inherently environmentally friendly, and all components are fully renewable to encourage sustainability and extend the life of the chair and ottoman.

“We recognized a gap in patient recovery chairs and set out to fill the need,” explains Blair Wieland, vice president of Product Development and lead designer for Sauder Manufacturing Co. “We listened to those who are working the front lines of healthcare – architects, designers, nurses – and we heard their need for an improved blend of aesthetics and function. Trace offers a slim profile, graceful contour and details that most metal chairs fail to offer. Trace is thoughtful design and patient-centered recovery all in one.