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The Importance of Ceilings in Healthcare Facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented burden on healthcare facilities. As these facilities work to adjust to the needs of patients, healthcare workers, and the maintenance of a clean and hygienic environment, it’s more important than ever to choose the right products for the right spaces.

Since healthcare facilities are subjected to a number of hazardous substances, the floors, walls, and ceilings in these facilities need to be carefully selected and designed to enable effective cleaning. The surfaces should be smooth, hard, nonporous, seamless, and resistant to cleaning agents.

Surfaces with open joints, crevices, and fissures will permit dirt and moisture, and can become potential sources of infection.

Let’s look at some ceiling characteristics that play a vital role in the function and appearance of a healthcare facility:


Waiting rooms and hospital lobbies are often busy and loud, adding to the stress level of patients.

Studies published by the Journal of Patient Experience found that quiet spaces aid patient healing. After all, stress leads to sleep deprivation, which can lead to prolonged recovery time.

What’s more, recently released WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines provide evidence that noise is a top environmental hazard that affects both mental and physical health.

While background noises in a healthcare facility can’t always be avoided, installing ceiling and wall panels with good acoustic properties can significantly reduce sound transmission.

MagMatrix’s MgO Fire Rated Acoustic Panels, for instance, consist of a sound-absorbing core that’s made of materials like foam or mineral wool to dampen and deaden elevated sounds in space.

Moreover, these acoustic panels not only dissipate noise levels, but they also improve speech intelligibility, allowing healthcare professionals to better communicate in busy corridors and high-traffic environments.


There are numerous fire hazards in a healthcare facility ranging from a wide range of electrical equipment to oxygen tanks and other flammable compressed gases.

Therefore, to protect the residents of the healthcare facility and the building’s structural integrity during a fire, facilities need to install fire-resistant wallboards and drywall.

Although no material is truly fireproof, MagMatrix’s magnesium oxide boards can enhance walls’ and ceilings’ fire-resistance, delaying the time it takes for the fire to take effect. Those precious minutes can mean the difference between life and death.

Magnesium Oxide SIP panels offer the highest fire-proof grade, providing fire-resistance for up to 3 hours.

Whether you’re looking for top-quality subfloor panels, non-combustible decorative panels, or fire-resistant exterior wall sheathing for your facility, MagMatrix has everything you need to create a high-performance building structure.

Our MgO boards are moisture and water resistant, offer high bending strength, high impact resistance, mould resistance, and quick installation!

Get in touch with our team for more information.

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