L&H Sign Company, proud member of American Made Matters was started in 1992 and only had one full time and one part time employee. 21 years later they have about 46 employees and are leader in quality architectural sign products. They use a vertical process, starting with raw materials and seeing the project through to instillation. Eight different departments have a hand in each project L&H works on. These departments include: Project management, design, fabrication, installation, and more. This wide range of skilled employees allows L&H to create, manufacture and install award winning signage for clients. You can see L&H’s work in sports venues, banks, healthcare facilities, corporate offices, retail stores, and much more.
Patient Care Signs from L&H
During a recent sit-down with Bob McClennan of L&H signs, we were able to learn about one of their newest and most successful projects. The project involves creating new and improved signage for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. L&H’s signs are designed to improve communication between doctors, nurses and patients by using a specialized patient sign located right outside the hospital room door. Unlike typical signs that are only posted to list a room number, L&H’s patient signs have a variety of slide-out options to alert doctors or nurses of a patient’s condition. For example a physician can look at the sign prior to entering the room and know that a patient is prone to seizures or has allergies.
“One of the keys to reducing medical mistakes is improving and standardizing communication. Patients are more likely to score a hospital and its staff highly if the caregivers are knowledgeable about their medical conditions,” said Bob McClennan.
“Doctors need to be able to walk into a room with knowledge of the patient, in order to minimize mistakes and give the patient the best experience possible.”
All of these issues were considered in L&H’s project design process. By using an evidence based design, they worked with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to develop the new patient care signs. The prototyping of these signs took roughly 12 to 18 months but in the end L&H has unveiled a product that is simple to use and solves many of the communications errors doctors and nurses face each day.
L&H’s patient care signs are in their sixth generation and are now injection mold friendly. Using an injection mold helps cut down manufacturing time from roughly 6 weeks to 2 weeks. Thanks in part to this technology, L&H is able to produce more patient care signs in less time, right here in the United States.
The customization options L&H offers have been a huge selling point for their patient care signs. The signs are currently in 45 hospitals and will be found in over 100 hospitals within the next year