By Steelcase Health

Empath™ is a step forward in the patient care process ― one developed entirely from real-world insights. The design team spent more than 2,000 hours observing the relationship between caregivers and patients. They saw how current environments can be enhanced to reduce risks to both patients and caregivers, while increasing physical and emotional connectedness.  Empath is designed to reduce the stress and potential for injury for all users.

Recline paddles control the back recline operation. Paddles are standard on both sides of the chair and are long to ensure easy, intuitive use when upright or fully reclined.

Foot activated Trendelenburg


  • Dual flip-down arms
  • Trendelenburg (dual-sided)
  • Adjustable headrest
  • Tablet arm
  • Directional Steering
  • Push bar
  • Pull-out footrest
  • Heat and massage
  • IV pole and holder
  • Drainage bag holder

Spec Guide


Environmental Profile

Design Discussion