Maintenance and Operations - July 2014

Mice, filth alleged at New Jersey facility

Broken furniture, moldy mattresses and cigarette burns on floors and walls cited by former employee

7/31/2014


Hawaiian facility to shift beds from long-term to acute care

Hilo Medical Center wants to increase its acute medical care beds to 20 and eliminate 20 of its skilled nursing facility beds

7/31/2014


Healthcare industry urged to address climate change

The healthcare industry could experience a "surge" from people without the means to move in response to increased temperatures

7/29/2014


Smart building automation systems can add intelligence, efficiency

Healthcare facilities differ from other buildings making them challenging and demanding places to install and manage a BAS

7/29/2014


Systems engineering called crucial to transforming healthcare delivery

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urged to transform healthcare nationally by engineering a 'robust' health information infrastructure

7/29/2014


Facility backup power requires correct connectivity

A careful assessment helps hospitals ensure outage protection

7/28/2014


ASHRAE, IAQA agree to join forces

Indoor Air Quality Association will become a part of ASHRAE while maintaining its own brand and board of directors

7/25/2014


Savannah hospital unveils $1 million kitchen

Memorial University Medical Center cafe has new furnishings, lighting, flooring and millwork

7/23/2014


Carnival Cruises launches in-house medical facility

Miami-based Carnival employees can get their non-emergency medical needs taken care of at the office

7/22/2014


Joint Commission PFI list rules changed

The changes align the Joint Commission's survey process with the requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

7/22/2014


More than $637 million in maintenance deferred for Alberta health facilities

The deferred costs make up three percent of the total value of health facilities in Alberta

7/22/2014


Hospital bans showers after legionella bacteria is found

Leicester General Hospital says boiled drinking water is being provided and hand-wash basins and toilets remained safer to use

7/21/2014


White paper on healthcare laundry cooperatives available

White paper offers an overview of laundry options available to healthcare providers, including laundry cooperatives

7/21/2014


Saskatchewan care home 'held together with duct tape'

Aging Pioneer Village in Regina falling apart, according to report

7/18/2014


Waste-treating autoclaves getting more efficient

The technology has been around for awhile, but vendors are still adding features to waste-treating autoclaves to make them safer and more efficient

7/18/2014


Workplace clinic system may expand into Wisconsin

On-site workplace health clinics have been called critical to the shift toward preventive care

7/17/2014


Report says University of Chicago has too many beds

U of C Medicine's $124 million plan to shuffle beds at two facilities is in question as regulators say the hospital already has more capacity than is justified under state standards

7/15/2014


'Quiet Kits' can change patient experience

Packages containing ear plugs, an eye mask, lip balm and puzzles are put on the pillows of patient beds to help patients relax

7/15/2014


Healthcare robotics can do some heavy lifting

Automated guided vehicles can handle large material transport activities

7/15/2014


Emergency rooms try online booking

Hospitals across the country are attempting to cut waiting room times

7/11/2014


UK hospital trust admits health and safety asbestos issues

The Trust admits failing to ensure the safety of Watford General Hospital employees exposed to asbestos between 2000 and 2011

7/10/2014


Topeka hospitals explore healthy food options

Statewide initiative encourages offering more fruits and vegetables, labeling foods with nutrition facts, eliminating fried foods and offering healthier choices in vending machines

7/10/2014


Saskatchewan healthcare facilities need $2.2 billion in repairs

Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital requires $435 million to address maintenance needs

7/9/2014


Kansas hospitals commit to healthier environments

51 facilities pledge to make healthier on-site food and beverages a priority

7/8/2014


S.C. emergency workers shuttle water to hospitals and nursing homes

Workers try to keep air-conditioning operations running after treatment plant failure

7/3/2014


Cleveland Clinic launches millennial-friendly experience overhaul

Clinic cuts wait times and offers same-day appointments to woo younger patients

7/1/2014



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