Facility Operations

Patients evacuated before Calif. hospital burns

Vista Del Mar Hospital in Ventura destroyed by wildfires

12/13/2017


Healthcare facilities can generate energy savings with GPOs

Group purchasing organizations help health systems lock in prices

12/13/2017


Supersized food can mean undersized profits for healthcare facilities

When it comes to offering healthier food options in their cafeterias and gift shops, most U.S. hospitals may be 'penny wise and pound foolish'

12/13/2017


California hospital staff lauded for active-shooter response

Bakersfield healthcare facility was locked down after a man was spotted in the employee parking lot with a rifle

12/13/2017


Northwest hospital food: Not just for patients anymore

Some healthcare facilities are serving up such good hospital food that locals are choosing to eat their meals there

12/13/2017


Vanderbilt recognized for excellence in infection prevention

VUMC is the first hospital system in the nation to receive the (APIC) Program of Distinction designation

12/12/2017


Center for Disaster Medicine brings a clinical perspective on emergency planning

Group has roots in 2001 efforts to answer questions about emergency preparedness that were raised after the 9/11

12/12/2017


Growing hospital energy costs can be managed

Low-hanging fruit includes turning off or reducing power to electronic equipment that is not being used

12/12/2017


Four things to know about preparing for winter weather

How to help your organization plan for and respond to weather emergencies

12/11/2017


Geisinger focuses on ES department career advancement

Health system working to redefine environmental services

12/11/2017


LEDs can help healthcare facility become more energy efficient

Investing in energy efficiency can help to free up funds to meet the changing demands in healthcare

12/11/2017


2017's biggest healthcare cyberattacks listed

The U.S. healthcare sector experienced roughly 336 data breaches as of Nov. 29

12/11/2017


Healthcare facilities energy efficiency challenge

Healthcare facilities must cope with the challenges of energy management in a mission-critical environment

12/8/2017


Ontario plans to reinvest energy savings into patient care

The province is investing $64 million this year in the Hospital Energy Efficiency Program

12/8/2017


Miami VA hospital cafeteria so dirty it had to be fumigated

Inspection found evidence of insects, rodent droppings

12/8/2017


Nurse stabbed in N.J. hospital parking lot where staff had asked for more security

Union members met with hospital management to discuss increased safety

12/7/2017


Healthcare facility staff serve up Christmas dinner to patients

The catering team at James Paget University Hospital in Norfolk, England, provides a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings

12/7/2017


Sinai Hospital increases security after Baltimore campus employees targeted

Hospital recently upgraded lighting in parking lots and installed additional security cameras

12/7/2017


RFID, other technologies impacting healthcare facilities

Growth and profitability will depend upon a realignment of infrastructure

12/7/2017


Infectious disease response guide for hospitals published

Paper’s main goal is to develop tools and strategies for prevention and management

12/6/2017


Nonclinical staff has role in patient satisfaction

There are a number of ways they can help to improve patient outcomes

12/6/2017


Free white paper on healthcare facility digital signage available

New technology options and tools for both patients and staff

12/6/2017


Safety system investments helped Houston’s healthcare facilities withstand Harvey

Lessons from Tropical Storm Allison helped limit impact of hurricane

12/6/2017


Sturgeon Falls hospital project to cut hydro costs

The program is an initiative of the Climate Change Action Plan

12/6/2017


Florida Keys airport may get pop-up hospital

Fishermen’s Community Hospital's temporary facility will move

12/5/2017


How the health industry can benefit from having a visitor registration system

Healthcare facility security must contend with security threats while balancing the need to maintain an open and inviting environment

12/5/2017


Sudbury hospital to get almost $1.3 million in funding for energy efficiency projects

In all, Ontario is funding 180 projects this year at 98 hospitals

12/5/2017


Three ways to keep facilities clean smelling to increase patient satisfaction

It’s more important than ever that healthcare facilities focus their efforts on odor control to help patients feel more comfortable while on the road to a speedy recovery

12/5/2017


Choosing the right LEDs for lighting retrofits

Hundreds of products are available for converting linear fluorescent fixtures to use light emitting diode technologies

12/5/2017


Texas hospital engineers energy savings, boosts patient satisfaction

MD Anderson works to improve temp control in patient rooms

12/5/2017


California healthcare facility to use ER overflow tent during flu season

Move was necessary because of an early flu season and the closure of nearby facilities

12/4/2017


Los Angeles launches seismic program with compliance notices

Large healthcare systems are factoring regulations into their capital plans

12/4/2017


Many healthcare facilities still need to power up for the digital age

Survey finds facilities don’t have the equipment to support digital goals

12/4/2017


Pennsylvania hospital producing most of its own power

Lancaster General Hospital is buying less electricity because of new power plant that runs on natural gas

12/4/2017


Building automation systems can boost energy savings

Technology can control every aspect of a healthcare facility's HVAC system

12/4/2017


Search after killer's escape from Hawaii hospital spurs call for security review

Another patient was caught with a fake driver's license

12/1/2017


Healthcare cybersecurity concerns go beyond medical information

Patients could potentially be blackmailed due to sensitive information contained in health records

12/1/2017


Idaho fire blaze may spark fire code review

The Safe Haven Care Center in Pocatello that was destroyed by a fire met all applicable fire codes

12/1/2017


12 Florida nursing home patient deaths ruled homicides

Patients died from environmental heat exposure after Hurricane Irma knocked out the power to the central air conditioning

11/30/2017


Interoperability lessons learned from disasters

Tragic events highlight the necessity for preparing healthcare facility information-sharing systems

11/30/2017


Gundersen Health credits smaller price increase to energy independence

System's 1.8 percent hike lowest in 20 years

11/30/2017


Tips for hiring healthcare cybersecurity pros

Cybersecurity requires people from all backgrounds and majors

11/30/2017


Study: C. diff mostly found in floor corners after disinfection

Study identifies sites where spores persist

11/30/2017


Telemedicine could be impacted by loss of net neutrality

Rural healthcare organizations could be hurt by policy changes

11/29/2017


A regular maintenance schedule protects flooring investment

Facility appearance ratings can drop by as much as 75 percent if floor shine makes a bad first impression

11/29/2017


Ontario healthcare facilities reducing carbon footprint

Province is investing in hospitals to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gases and redirect savings into patient care

11/29/2017


Healthcare facility design advancing safety standards

The standards are based on the concept of a highly reliable organization, which focuses on avoiding catastrophes in an environment where normal accidents can be expected, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

11/29/2017


Choosing reusable vs. disposable underpads

Reusable underpads may offer cost savings and usability benefits to healthcare facilities

11/28/2017


Fla. nursing home says Irma deaths not staff’s fault

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills sends letter to Congress says staff could't overcome lack of power to the central air conditioner

11/28/2017


Why your employees are the greatest risk to HIPAA compliance

Often, conversations about HIPAA violations center around technological issues. The remaining compliance violations are related to employee actions and behaviors.

11/28/2017


Las Vegas hospital offers lessons in disaster planning

The emergency room at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center responded to the recent mass shooting

11/28/2017


Parkland Hospital ER uses purple lights to improve patient flow

Consultants from Toyota worked on improving discharge time

11/27/2017


Arming security officers with tablets may boost productivity

Tablets can streamline processes, improve communication

11/27/2017


Maintaining security with contract cleaning staff

Improved and standardized security checks urged

11/27/2017


Door alarms can limit OR foot traffic

Excessive foot traffic can send contaminates into the sterile field

11/27/2017


48 hours after fire at Pa. senior facility, some residents were still missing

Residents were evacuated into bitter cold, and 27 were transported to hospitals

11/22/2017


Indiana hospital adopts recycling program for clean waste

Surgery generates about one-fourth of all hospital waste

11/22/2017


Hawaii hospital boosts security after dangerous patient escapes to California

'Pathological predator' managed to fly to California before being caught

11/21/2017


Va hospital cancels elective surgeries after particles found on equipment

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments

11/21/2017


Ottawa Hospital plans new unit for preemies

The renovations and expansion will provide more space, which will allow for single rooms

11/21/2017


Study finds copper surfaces in fitness and healthcare facilities reduce bacteria

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments

11/21/2017


Study: US hospitals' HAI risk down 22 percent

Results suggest that national efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections are succeeding

11/21/2017


The foundation to build an interoperable ecosystem: APIs

Short for Application Programming Interfaces, APIs are like connectors that allow you to access information on your application or software.

11/20/2017


Energy project creates savings for Oxford hospitals

The new engine, boilers and heat pipe link between two facilities has already saved the NHS trust £231,000 in its first month

11/20/2017


Indiana hospital starts own police force

Community Hospital Anderson formerly relied on officers from local communities

11/20/2017


PCI FAQs and myths

Without a secure infrastructure to protect their sensitive information, patients risk having their financial information and even their identities stolen

11/20/2017


San Juan VA hospital sheltering veterans after hurricane

In many instances the VA has kept people after they were stabilized, because they had nowhere else to go

11/17/2017


DC VA cancels surgeries over concerns about surgical equipment

The surgical devices were discolored and may have been subjected to an overabundance of cleaning solution

11/17/2017


Nashville hospital to end inpatient care

Nashville General Hospital is the the city’s only safety net hospital

11/17/2017


Reasons why telehealth is gaining momentum

New bills in Congress are helping the implementation of telehealth programs

11/17/2017


Oregon hospital working to change perception of hospital food

About 80 percent of food served at St. Charles Prineville is for medical staff, friends and family of patients, and the general public

11/17/2017


Report explores emergency preparedness for healthcare facilities

White paper focuses on the role of facility management during emergency events and for CMS compliance

11/17/2017


VA too 'male-centric,' female vets tell N.J. legislators

Vets says hospital feels more like a strip club than a medical center

11/16/2017


Infographic: Healthcare facilities should use the cloud

Anything that can make a facility leaner, more efficient and more effective can make a huge difference

11/16/2017


Cybersecurity white paper available

In recent years, cyber threats have become increasingly sophisticated

11/16/2017


The deadline is today: Is your emergency communications plan ready?

The CMS rule is enforceable as of Nov. 15, 2017

11/15/2017


Environmental sustainability called vital to better health and lower health costs

Reducing the carbon footprint and taking a lead on environmental sustainability can lead to major cost savings

11/15/2017


Maine VA facility garden gives veterans fresh food

VA Maine Healthcare System has been providing fresh fruit and vegetables for veterans for five years

11/15/2017


Florida nursing home now in compliance with emergency generator directive

Facility had been called out for failing to submit plans to the Agency for Health Care Administration

11/15/2017


Va. health system works to improve cleaning protocol uniformity

Sentara Healthcare recently initiated a campaign to assess the practices used to clean patient rooms

11/14/2017


Getting the “Full View”: Four critical building automation system considerations for healthcare executives

The building automation system (BAS) is the primary backbone for energy savings in a hospital

11/14/2017


White paper on infrastructure best practices available

Paper offers advice for organizations that both own and operate their own data centers

11/14/2017


Chicago hospital sues Leapfrog over ratings

Saint Anthony Hospital alleges agency knowingly used incorrect info to lower grade

11/13/2017


Healthcare security: A prescription for strengthening audit trails, streamlining credentials and improving patient experience

More facility administrators are sending staff to training classes to get up to speed on the latest guidelines

11/13/2017


Staff training unravels healthcare reimbursement issues

More facility administrators are sending staff to training classes to get up to speed on the latest guidelines

11/13/2017


Cybersecurity, digital failures called top hospital hazards

The ECRI Institute releases its list of top healthcare technology hazards for 2018

11/13/2017


Va. health system works to improve cleaning protocol uniformity

Sentara used structured interviews to begin developing a consistent cleaning and disinfection protocol

11/13/2017


Vanderbilt University Medical Center deploying germ-killing robots

The medical center’s first inpatient area to utilize the germ-killing robots will be its burn center

11/10/2017


New weather data technology can raise alarm ahead of extreme events

Advance location alerting helps leaders know when to trigger emergency response plans

11/10/2017


Research links disinfectant to hospital staff health problems

Cleaning products containing a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, peracetic acid and acetic acid can trigger problems

11/9/2017


Boston healthcare facility growing produce for patients

Boston Medical Center workers have started a garden on a hospital roof

11/9/2017


Transforming the digital experience in healthcare

Digital transformation might be more complex in healthcare than any other industry

11/9/2017


The ABC of FHIR: Reinventing interoperability

FHIR is the latest standard to be developed under HL7 and is expected to contribute significantly to improving patient care, countering the barriers to interoperability, boosting information sharing, and unboxing innovation in healthcare

11/8/2017


Little-known IoT security issues shouldn't be ignored

Unfixable equipment, absent processes, platform questions and lifecycle management are just some of the challenges

11/8/2017


Could technology have prevented Carolinas HealthCare System’s $6.5 million lawsuit?

Healthcare facilities are required to accurately represent the services they are providing to patients

11/8/2017


Houston hospital still closed after Harvey

HCA Healthcare reported $140 million in lost revenue in the third quarter from hurricanes Harvey and Irma

11/7/2017


Hospitals urged to be ready for 5G connectivity

Policies must evolve to allow the tech to reach full potential

11/7/2017


Leapfrog releases fall 2017 hospital safety grades

Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded, 832 earned an A

11/7/2017


Comprehensive strategies to ensure infection control and cleanliness

As best practices for cleaning healthcare facilities continue to evolve, researchers are paying increased attention to the role that the environment plays in the development of HAIs

11/7/2017


Elderly couple dead after shooting at Ontario hospital

Two officers discharged their guns during the incident

11/7/2017


Curbing Clostridium difficile with patient hand hygiene

A new study has found that increasing the patient’s involvement in hand hygiene can positively impact whether they contract the infection

11/6/2017


Critical building automation system considerations

The building automation system (BAS) is the primary backbone for energy savings in a hospital

11/6/2017


Using light to disinfect mobile devices

A researcher at the University at Buffalo is using existing technology to create a device that uses light to kill germs on mobile devices

11/6/2017


Role of contaminated handheld electronic devices in infection transmission

One category of handheld devices exponentially increasing and predicted to continue increasing in healthcare, is mobile electronics

11/6/2017


Texas arson suspect tries to escape through hospital ceiling

Staff could see the ceiling sink under man's weight as he crawled around

11/3/2017


Healthcare facilities are part of the future of sustainable infrastructure

Communities need sustainable infrastructure that offers solutions that can keep up with contemporary climate challenges

11/3/2017


Document storage systems: The role they could play in healthcare

Document storage systems offer a method for continuing the healthcare provider efficiency gained during the years of the Affordable Care Act

11/3/2017


Pediatricians urge patients to bring their own toys

Suggestion linked to controlling spread of germs in waiting rooms and exam rooms

11/3/2017


Elements of a successful RCM process

The revenue cycle management (RCM) process is one of the most important parts of a functional and efficient healthcare facility

11/3/2017


Mayo Clinic cashiers vote to join union

The 26 cashiers voted to join SEIU Healthcare Minnesota

11/3/2017


Los Angeles hospital to close, cites costs of retrofitting

California law requires medical facilities in the state to meet certain seismic standards by Jan. 1, 2030

11/2/2017


Band aid found in au jus at Colorado hospital cafeteria

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center officials said steps have been taken to ensure it does not happen again

11/2/2017


Dublin hospital ordered to install sprinkler system

The National Children’s Hospital has been ordered to install sprinklers across all floors of the hospital following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála

11/2/2017


What to know about the CMS emergency preparedness rule's communication plan requirement

The deadline for compliance is November 15, 2017

11/2/2017


Strategies for whole-room disinfection

Efficiency is important with limited time and resources

11/2/2017


Hygiene, isolation protocols urged in pediatric office

Researchers recommend against having stuffed animals in the common areas as they are difficult to clean

11/2/2017


Mississippi hospital, nursing homes use emergency plans to respond to water alert

The hospital emergency department is working with health officials to watch for any signs of a disease outbreak

11/1/2017


Florida cities want assisted-living centers to have backup power during outages

Push comes after a nursing home in Hollywood overheated, leading to 14 deaths

11/1/2017


How healthcare facilities can adjust to NFPA 70E 2018 revisions

Electrical equipment supplying power to medical facilities carries dangerous threats that may lead to serious injury or death

11/1/2017


Evidence-based design solutions can be applied within the correctional health environment

It’s important that treatment spaces in prisons and jails be designed for effective care delivery while meeting the safety and security needs, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

11/1/2017


Virginia healthcare facility installing solar panels

Carilion's New River Valley Medical Center is getting around 4,000 solar panels

11/1/2017


Tesla returns power to Puerto Rican children's hospital

Repairing or replacing healthcare facilities to their prior condition may be foolish

10/31/2017


Long-ignored unsanitary conditions found at Ga. prison hospital

Bags of garbage have piled up outside the operating room, attracting flies and mosquitoes

10/31/2017


Electrical design considerations for healthcare projects

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers should be well versed in all factors related to their disciplines

10/31/2017


Mississippi healthcare facility replaces 120 in-house housekeepers with contract workers

University of Mississippi Medical Center is no longer employing an in-house cleaning staff

10/31/2017


Hot cleaning rags ignite at California nursing home

Cleaning rags had been removed from the dryer too soon without cooling off

10/31/2017


Man rides bike into Okla. hospital, steals laptop

Police trying to identify a man who rode his bicycle inside a Bethany hospital during a theft

10/30/2017


Most common types of hospital security officer training

Survey shows eight of the training categories decreased in prevalence compared to four years ago

10/30/2017


Group working to curb harmful surgical smoke

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses' 'Go Clear' program aims to bring awareness to the harmful effects

10/30/2017


Greenest hospitals in America

Becker's Healthcare names 60 of the most environmentally friendly hospitals in the country

10/30/2017


North Wales hospitals' laundry called infection risk

Machines are breaking down and there are pest control issues

10/27/2017


Florida moves to shut down nursing home where 14 died during Irma

Regulators have moved to permanently revoke the operating license of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills

10/27/2017


Family of man murdered at Johns Hopkins questions policies

A woman killed her estranged husband in the ICU

10/26/2017



Mich. hospital reviewing policies after shooting

A patient barricaded himself in his room at Covenant HealthCare until officers gained entry with ballistic shields

10/26/2017


How typical ceiling light fixtures can help reduce HAIs

Healthcare providers are increasingly looking for solutions that provide a safety net by disinfecting surfaces that may have been insufficiently disinfected

10/26/2017


Arkansas VA healthcare system failed to update cleaning standards

Standards for instruments used in eye surgery cited

10/26/2017


Puerto Rico healthcare system faces long recovery

The situation with Puerto Rico’s healthcare system is far more vulnerable than those in Texas or Florida

10/25/2017


A month after Irma, Ormond Beach hospital still closed

Officials at damaged healthcare facility reviewing the assessments and evaluating the necessary repairs

10/25/2017


New tent hospital boosts NZ’s disaster response

Tent features a series of interconnecting sections for triage, maternity, resuscitation, a 10-stretcher observation ward and a pharmacy

10/25/2017


Hospitals in disaster areas may have to fight for federal funds

Over the last 10 years, FEMA has denied appeals for more than $1 billion requested by local governments

10/24/2017


Patient, 78, fires handgun inside Saginaw hospital

Police subdue shooter at Covenant Hospital without injury

10/24/2017


Suspected Legionnaires' disease in Buffalo hospital leads to water restrictions

Testing found slightly elevated levels of Legionella bacteria in the hospital's water system

10/24/2017


Common generator problems - and how to avoid them

Conference also serves as yearly training event

10/24/2017


California declares state of emergency after hepatitis A outbreak

The disease has most often struck the homeless or drug users, but has spread to workers at a healthcare facility

10/23/2017


Fire at Ohio hospital forces evacuation, closing

Fire at Summa St. Thomas Hospital in Akron in basement

10/23/2017


Study: Room service improves patient nutrition

Room service showed an increase in both energy and protein intake

10/23/2017


Hospital food can carry MRSA, VRE

The study shows one or more food specimens were positive for pathogens

10/23/2017


Hospital security professionals gather at Kentucky conference

Conference also serves as yearly training event

10/23/2017


Woman who gave birth in Japan photographs hospital meals

Meals look more than restaurant-worthy

10/20/2017


Debunking the assumptions around proper hand hygiene

Hand hygiene in healthcare involves not only washing hands with soap and water, but also the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers

10/20/2017


Hospital ship off Puerto Rico sits mostly idle 2 weeks after its arrival

Only 33 of the 250 beds on the Comfort — 13 percent — are being used

10/20/2017


Dirty floors, kitchens found at Colorado veterans hospital

The inspections also found two doors in a mental health treatment facility were found unlocked and the alarms were not turned on

10/20/2017


Minn. hospital sued after stillborn baby discarded with dirty laundry

Regions Hospital in St. Paul had promised to cremate the remains

10/20/2017


Tomorrow's hospital will include digital command centers

Experts envision hospitals using a central command center that mimics an air traffic control system

10/19/2017


Scandal-plagued hospital's cleaners claim hygiene standards dropping under new contractor

Since the hospital in Edmonton, North London, changed its cleaning firm in June, ten porters' jobs have been cut

10/19/2017


Technology that can improve behavioral health environments

One example is polycarbonate electronic glazing on doors that can switch to be transparent or translucent, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

10/19/2017


Some flexibility seen in Florida nursing home generator order

Agency posted a rule outlining steps that nursing homes that are facing circumstances beyond their control

10/18/2017


Community hospitals swamped after wildfires shut down major hospitals

Some facilities are running out of supplies, such as linens

10/18/2017


California firestorm strains healthcare system

One company installed air purifiers to try to help with the smoke at three of its dialysis clinics

10/18/2017


Man arrested after streaming online while holding a gun at Columbus hospital

a security guard at the hospital who spotted the video

10/18/2017


New textile disinfects itself

Material is designed to be used on hospital doors instead of the traditional aluminum door plate

10/18/2017


Hospitals evacuated during Northern California wildfires

At least two hospitals in Northern California evacuated patients as wildfires destroyed 1,500 structures

10/17/2017


New lifting device may cut down on healthcare facility staff injuries

Healthcare workers experience injuries at nearly three times the rate of other professional and business services

10/17/2017


Healthcare facilities must have business continuity plan

There are guidelines in place to help healthcare facilities ensure the viability of critical systems

10/17/2017


Mobile weather monitoring technology can aid first responders

A hospital operation center could rely on those driving ambulances or helicopters to make decisions that are best for them and their patients

10/17/2017


Mayo food service fight boosts SEIU membership

Food service workers at Charter House voted to unionize by a 2-to-1 ratio.

10/17/2017


Drones studied for infection control possibilities

Technology may help with baby monitoring, remote health checks

10/17/2017


Puerto Rico’s healthcare situation is dire, three weeks after hurricane

Hospitals are running low on medicine while admitting patients from medical centers where generators failed

10/16/2017


Expert says Flint's Legionnaires' outbreak likely killed more people than reported

The death toll attributed to the 2014-2015 Legionnaires' outbreak in Michigan may exceed the 12 reported deaths

10/16/2017


Tips for pharmaceutical waste management

Healthcare facilities are faced with two key challenges related to pharmaceutical waste management

10/16/2017


CHI Health develops restaurant-style menu

Nebraska system reconfigured a cook-chill food preparation system, a centralized tray system and a retherm cart delivery system to get greater diversity and higher-quality food

10/16/2017


CMS requirement addresses Legionnaires' Disease control in longterm care facilities

Nineteen percent of all Legionnaires' disease outbreaks are longterm-care-related

10/16/2017



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