February 2013 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management



Case study: California hospital's ceilings offer alternate seismic compliance path


Good looks weren't the only consideration when selecting the interior finishes at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif. Ceilings also had to perform to stringent seismic standards.

2/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

Automatic swing door meets hospital and medical building needs


Automatic swing door systems can be used at entrance doors, in surgical areas, on cross-corridor doors — anywhere complete access without hands-on door contact is required.

2/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

Experts offer emergency action plan tips in case of hospital shooting


While it is impossible to create a zero-risk environment for gun violence in any workplace, including healthcare facilities, it is possible to be prepared for how employees would handle such an event should it occur.

2/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

New Illinois health center features holistic design


Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, a 134-bed replacement facility for St. Mary's Good Samaritan hospital, opened to the public Jan. 27 in Mt. Vernon, Ill.

2/27/2013 12:00:00 AM

Training webinar offered on healthcare workplace violence and prevention


Mentor Health will offer a training webinar on workplace violence in healthcare facilities on April 30.

2/27/2013 12:00:00 AM

Case study: High-abuse light fixtures maintain behavioral health campus safety


Trillium Family Services, which provides behavioral health services, was having a problem maintaining safety levels due to broken light fixtures. A solution was found in Kenall Lighting's high-abuse fluorescent and LED luminaires.

2/27/2013 12:00:00 AM

Cultural sensitivity is showcased in international healthcare design


To be successful, healthcare facility design must be sensitive to the needs of its patients, including cultural and social needs. Four designers talk about projects done abroad.

2/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit 2013


The 4th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit showcases how using lean principles are changing the way healthcare is delivered and financed.

2/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2013


ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2013 is a weeklong trade show for cleaning industry professionals, held Nov. 18-21 in Las Vegas.

2/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

Outpatient facility design trends focus on flexibility, cost efficiency


As healthcare organizations pursue cost savings and market share, outpatient facilities continue to grow as a percentage of the facilities portfolio. Here are the top five outpatient construction trends to watch.

2/25/2013 12:00:00 AM

EPA recognizes medical centers for energy savings, emissions reduction


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Feb. 20 recognized three healthcare facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award.

2/25/2013 12:00:00 AM

Ten steps to stretch healthcare data center capacity


While avoiding a new data center is not possible indefinitely, it is possible for healthcare facility managers to stretch their existing data center infrastructure to support as much IT growth as possible.

2/25/2013 12:00:00 AM

Event: Reinventing the Healthcare Delivery Model


Reinventing the Healthcare Delivery Model is a half-day seminar addressing the issues related to the ongoing shift within the healthcare industry from inpatient care to outpatient care.

2/25/2013 12:00:00 AM

Design industry seeks to standardize research efforts


Healthcare design organizations are interested in developing funding for further research and standardizing research findings in accessible databases.

2/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

NFMT 2013 to feature new healthcare facilities education track


This year the National Facilities Management & Technology Show (NFMT) will feature a special Healthcare Facilities Today education track with topics tailored specifically to the needs of healthcare facility managers.

2/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

Chicago hospital designs detailed plan for transferring patients to new facility


The staff at the University of Chicago Medicine has a detailed plan to transfer patients when the new Center for Care and Discovery opens Feb. 23.

2/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

Shopping centers court healthcare tenancy to capture boomer market


As healthcare facility portfolios continue to diversify and bring services off the hospital campus and into the community, the local shopping mall may soon be playing a larger role in tenancy considerations.

2/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

BIM for MEP drives efficiency in hospital project


By combining electronic surveying technology with building information modeling (BIM) and 3D models, the design-build mechanical contractor for large healthcare facility was able to prefabricate systems, saving time and money while improving accuracy.

2/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

Survey: Financial concerns key to 2013 healthcare trends


A recent survey of 300 healthcare executives revealed some dominant trends within the healthcare industry for 2013. Key among them is financial performance.

2/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

Patient infection rates have financial implications for hospitals


Healthcare facilities continue to increase their efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI) not only for the good of the patients, but also for the financial implications for the hospitals.

2/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

ICC safety code updates have big impact on hospitals


The International Code Council (ICC) has recently approved several proposals for the 2015 edition of the International Building Code with direct repercussions for hospitals.

2/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

Restroom fixture innovations driven by healthcare needs


Restroom fixture manufacturers are responding to research illuminating the role of fixtures in the spread of pathogens in healthcare settings, providing new models focused on containment.

2/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

Converge 2013


Converge 2013, a two-day summit hosted by MedCity to discuss the future of medical innovation, will be held July 9 and 10 in Philadelphia.

2/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

Free webinar touts use of antimicrobial copper in healthcare facilities


A free webinar March 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern will discuss the use of antimicrobial copper-infused surfaces in healthcare facilities to aid infection prevention.

2/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

2013 Smart Water Leadership Summit


The 2013 Smart Water Leadership Summit, hosted by Phigenics for leaders in healthcare water management, will be held June 6 and 7 in Chicago.

2/18/2013 12:00:00 AM

Design by assumption can prove deadly in behavioral health facilities


Psychiatric hospitals have their own design needs and do not necessarily benefit from the evidence-based design practices suitable for a general hospital.

2/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Torrance medical center builds new $450M patient-focused tower


A new $450 million patient tower is being constructed at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. A patent-focused design concept was used for the 398,350-square-foot tower.

2/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

New standard for residential care facilities open for comment


The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) last month released for public comment the draft of a new standard on residential care facilities. The deadline for comment is March 20.

2/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Overabundance of hospital beds drives admissions unnecessarily, study finds


A new study shows that capacity by itself can drive hospital admissions, with findings supporting limiting the number of hospital beds to actual population needs.

2/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

Survey: 2013 healthcare construction focuses on renovations, upgrades


Healthcare organizations are putting off larger projects like new or replacement hospital construction in favor of focusing on renovations, technology upgrades and outpatient or ambulatory facilities.

2/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership


2/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

Joplin hospital rebuilds, aiming to withstand monster tornados


After an EF5 tornado ripped apart St. John's Regional Medical Center on May 22, 2011, the Joplin, Mo., hospital is making every effort to rebuild with a new hardened facility designed to stand up to devastating wind forces.

2/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

Free webcast addresses preventing the spread of C. diff infections


CleanLink.com will host the free webcast "Preventing the Spread of C. diff" March 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare industry making inroads to greening supply chain


The healthcare industry is moving forward in defining environmentally preferable purchasing standards and establishing common standards for contracting for products

2/12/2013 12:00:00 AM

Pros offer tips for Lean healthcare facility planning


The ongoing need to do more with less has led many healthcare organizations to adopt the principles of Lean management across the system, from clinical care to facilities planning.

2/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare construction market trends streamline design


Market trends are driving healthcare facilities design to focus on cost reduction and efficiency.

2/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

Stanley Healthcare adds to line of wire shelving systems


Stanley Healthcare has announced new additions to its wire shelving systems for hospitals and healthcare organizations.

2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare environmental services leadership requires diverse skills


Hospital administrators need environmental services (ES) leaders who can demonstrate high competency across a wide swath of knowledge, skills and abilities.

2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

New wall panel may aid acoustics in healthcare facilities


A new wall panel has been introduced for sound absorption in interior spaces where traditional suspended ceiling systems cannot be used, such as healthcare facilities.

2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

NeoCon 2013


NeoCon 2013, a design exposition and conference for the contract furnishings industry, will be held June 10-12 in Chicago.

2/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

Crozer-Keystone Health System decentralizes to gain market share


At Crozer-Keystone Health System just west of Philadelphia, the vice president of facility planning and development has been leveraging community-based outpatient facilities to cater to the healthcare consumer's desire for choice and convenience.

2/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

Trend toward outpatient facilities alters healthcare development, design


The trend toward using medical office buildings for higher-acuity care is likely to continue, so developers and designers will need to determine how the functional requirements differ from a hospital and plan accordingly.

2/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo


The 2013 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo will be held Oct. 1-3 in Chicago.

2/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

Group devises facilities funding plan across health system


The Facilities Resource Group at Ascension Health has devised a plan so facilities projects don't compete for capital funds with clinical projects.

2/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

Ventilation strategies can mitigate HAIs from isolation rooms


When designing and operating an airborne infection isolation (Aii) room, consider ventilation strategies including dilution and removal of contaminated air to reduce the risk for healthcare-acquired infections.

2/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

Mayo Clinic's plan for growth depends on taxpayer support


In a bid to attract patients and employees from around the world, Mayo Clinic has announced a $5 billion initiative to develop its Rochester headquarters into a Destination Medical Center (DMC).

2/5/2013 12:00:00 AM

Benefits of green roofs inspire growing trend in healthcare facilities


As healthcare organizations continue to move toward more sustainable business models, with emphasis placed on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, the popularity of installing vegetative roofs is likely to grow.

2/5/2013 12:00:00 AM

The Patient Experience through HIT Forum


2/4/2013 12:00:00 AM

Environments for Aging Conference


2/4/2013 12:00:00 AM

NYC hospitals improving emergency preparedness post Sandy


Three months after superstorm Sandy, New York City hospitals have begun moving forward with plans to improve emergency preparedness at their facilities.

2/4/2013 12:00:00 AM

Five resources for analyzing trends in healthcare flooring


There have been new trends in healthcare flooring over the past few years, as well as studies to determine how those trends are being implemented and to what effect. Here are a few resources for the latest on healthcare flooring options:

2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Best practices for healthcare renovations, new construction


Healthcare architects have written tips and shared advice on how to make the decision between renovation and new construction a little easier, and there are many examples of best practices in both renovation and replacement. Here are just a few standouts.

2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare facilities focus on cleaning to reduce patient infections


With Medicare and Medicaid payments now tied to how well healthcare providers protect patients from hospital-acquired infections, reducing HAIs has become an even larger priority for healthcare facilities. One of the major components to reducing HAIs is effective cleaning and disinfecting.

2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Case study: HVAC retrofit improves hospital indoor air quality


Governair LLC, designer and manufacturer of custom air handling solutions headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., recently released a new case study of a hospital HVAC retrofit done to improve indoor air quality.

2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Explosion proof ultraviolet light has potential healthcare germicidal use


A new explosion proof ultraviolet light with outputs appropriate for use as germicidal control within the healthcare industry has recently been introduced to market.

2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

NFMT 2013


The 2013 National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT) includes an educational track designed specifically for those in the healthcare industry.

2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Design experts offer tips for integrating artwork into healthcare projects


Interior designers share some best practices learned while developing an art program for a major medical center.

2/1/2013 12:00:00 AM



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