March 2013 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management



ACHC offers workshops on healthcare accreditation process


The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is offering workshops in April and May for those interested in obtaining and maintaining ACHC accreditation.

3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

White paper examines accountable design in healthcare industry


A recently published white paper examines whether the design industry should also be held accountable for health outcomes under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM

LED light bulbs recalled by Lighting Science Group


Sold under the brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westinghouse, Lighting Science Group has recalled about 554,000 120-volt LED bulbs due to risk of overheating.

3/27/2013 12:30:00 PM

Environmental services instrumental in combating C. diff in hospital


Environmental cleaning practices were the most significant factor in cutting a Cincinnati hospital's Clostridium difficile (C. diff) incidence rate in half over six months.

3/27/2013 12:30:00 PM

Elderly-focused design a growing consideration in acute-care facilities


Due to an aging population and the influence of the Affordable Care Act, acute-care facilities have to accommodate elder patients in their design decisions. Experts highlight some of the design considerations.

3/27/2013 12:00:00 AM

Hospital expansion showcases BIM and integrated project delivery


The new cancer center being built at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center is a good example of how to use building information modeling and virtual design and construction (BIM/VDC) to successfully deliver an integrated project.

3/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

Nashville hospital announces multi-year renovation


Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., has launched a $110 million multi-year modernization project of existing space and construction of a new inpatient tower.

3/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

Loma Linda University Medical Center opens new women's cancer center


Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center opened a new Women's Cancer and Surgical Oncology Center on March 21, bringing gynecology and surgical oncologists together with medical and radiation oncologists under one holistic, tech-savvy roof.

3/26/2013 12:00:00 AM

Public spaces in healthcare can have a big impact if properly designed


Rather than designed as afterthoughts, the public spaces in healthcare facilities should be identified and designed to function according to their specific typology.

3/25/2013 12:00:00 AM

Mississippi hospital announces HIPAA breach


The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) officials have announced a HIPAA breach at the hospital caused by a missing laptop computer.

3/25/2013 12:00:00 AM

American Hospital Association to move into new space in D.C.


The American Hospital Association (AHA) has signed a lease at the mixed-use CityCenterDC development in downtown Washington, D.C. The AHA will occupy approximately 42,000 square feet when it moves into its new space in September 2014.

3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare association offers review of EVS training programs


Educational institutions, consultants and healthcare organizations with their own in-house training can submit training and educational materials to the AHE for review to earn the Seal of Review and Recognition.

3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

AHE Exchange 2013


Exchange 2013, the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) annual conference will be held Sept. 15-18 in Indianapolis.

3/22/2013 12:00:00 AM

Power strip is suitable for patient care areas


Legrand ULM Series Medical Grade Plug-in Outlet Center provides surge protection for medical applications and can be used in patient care areas in compliance with Article 517 of the National Electrical Code.

3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

Private equity firms see profit in growing trend of urgent care clinics


Private equity firms are funding the ongoing expansion of medical walk-in clinics across the U.S., and with profits expected to grow with healthcare reform, there is no end in sight.

3/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals should consider costs, benefits of in-house laundry versus alternatives


Maintaining an on-premises laundry facility can be a costly decision for hospitals. Some situations warrant this cost, but available options in high-volume laundry arrangements means environmental services managers should carefully weigh the costs and benefits of each.

3/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

Facilities team plays role in ambulatory surgery center joint venture deliberations


The facilities department can provide important strategic information that should be considered prior to a hospital embarking on an ambulatory surgery center joint venture.

3/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

Training webinar offered on HIPAA risk analysis


Compliance Online will host a HIPAA risk analysis webinar on March 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

3/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

New HIPAA regulations include vendors as responsible parties


New Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, which expand the scope of responsible parties to include vendors who contract with healthcare companies, are set to take effect on March 26.

3/19/2013 12:00:00 PM

Extending deadline for nursing home sprinklers open for comment


A proposed deadline extension for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) requirement that all nursing home facilities have automatic sprinkler systems by August 13 is open for comment.

3/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

Ceiling panels designed to withstand high–traffic healthcare settings


CertainTeedCeilings' new line of Performa Rx Symphony ceiling panels are designed to meet performance guidelines set by The Facilities Guidelines Institute's "Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities" (2010 Edition).

3/19/2013 12:00:00 AM

Medical device integration with electronic health records is not plug and play


Integrating medical devices with electronic health records in order to facilitate meaningful use is possible, but requires facilities to consider how to support increased connectivity requirements.

3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM

BIM aids early completion of children's hospital


Construction has been completed early on the new seven-story patient care tower at Children's Hospital of Orange County due, in part, to the use of BIM technology.

3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM

More than 8,000 hospital safety violations now publicly searchable


A searchable database of federal safety rule violations at about 1,000 hospitals since 2011 is now available.

3/18/2013 12:00:00 AM

Experts debate effectiveness of antibacterial soap on infection prevention


While experts agree hand washing is an important tool to stop the spread of infection, there is some debate over what type of soap is most effective for consumers and healthcare professionals alike.

3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Case study: Floorazzo tiles decrease operating room sterilization time between procedures


Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., had to replace the flooring in its operating rooms four times in four years due to the impracticality of the homogeneous sheet vinyl product being used. The solution was Floorazzo, a resilient flooring product.

3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

Center for Health Design presents master webinar series


The Center for Health Design presents the ICONS and Innovators master webinar series through September with trending design topics covered by thought leaders in healthcare design.

3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

Pre-incident planning at facilities aids first responders in emergency


Understanding what is front of mind for first responders can help facility managers better prepare for what will happen in the event of an emergency.

3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM

Fire alarm systems can provide emergency control function of non-fire alarm systems


Though the code language might be tricky to decipher, fire code does allow fire alarm systems to interface with non-fire alarm systems in order to provide emergency control function.

3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

ASHE offers course in healthcare facility commissioning


The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is offering a two-day course designed to specifically address the commissioning process in healthcare facilities.

3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

New line of door hardware addresses needs of behavioral health centers


Assa Abloy presents a new line of door hardware to address the specific needs of high-, medium- and low-risk behavioral health environments.

3/13/2013 12:00:00 AM

World Congress 2nd Annual Leadership Summit On Mergers & Acquisitions in Health Care


The World Congress 2nd Annual Leadership Summit On Mergers & Acquisitions in Health Care allows decision makers from within the healthcare system to meet with leaders in finance to discuss deal trends and new business opportunities in the healthcare sector.

3/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems 2013 annual conference


The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems 2013 annual conference will be held June 19-21 in Hollywood, Fla.

3/11/2013 12:00:00 AM

Ten steps for designing beyond minimum ADA compliance standards in hospitals


During construction or significant renovation, healthcare facility managers can play a role in ensuring the facility will not only meet minimum ADA design requirements but also will meet the practical usage needs of patients and staff.

3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

Green Seal releases new laundry standard for industrial and institutional products


A new Green Seal standard for institutional and industrial laundry products addresses their life cycle impacts.

3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

IT is key to managing healthcare costs, says former president


Speaking March 6 at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) convention in New Orleans, former President Bill Clinton suggested information technology could be the key to controlling rising healthcare costs.

3/8/2013 12:00:00 AM

Advancements in chiller systems lead to energy efficiency in healthcare facilities


Numerous technological advances in chillers allow healthcare occupancies to reap significant energy efficiency gains during new construction or significant retrofits.

3/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

Healthcare food service company vows to improve patient nutrition


Morrison Healthcare Food Services today announced further company commitments to better nutrition at the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) 2013 Building a Healthier Future Summit.

3/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

Proper floor care can prevent slips and falls in healthcare facilities


While evidence-based design has proven to be a useful tool in accident reductions in healthcare facilities, some suggest ongoing training for environmental services staff on the proper care of floors can also be beneficial to fall prevention programs.

3/7/2013 12:00:00 AM

Hospital emergency response during Hurricane Sandy shows lessons learned


The successful evacuation of about 6,000 people from various NYC healthcare facilities due to Hurricane Sandy, including five city hospitals, speaks to the great strides the industry has made in emergency response planning after Hurricane Katrina.

3/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

Chilled beams push UC Davis Health & Wellness Center to LEED Gold


The University of California, Davis' Health & Wellness Center in Davis, Calif., earned LEED-NC Gold in 2012 by incorporating a range of green technologies that help it perform at least 20 percent better than California Energy Code.

3/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

CDC outlines plan to halt spread of CRE in healthcare facilities


The CDC announced an updated plan for healthcare facilities to deal with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can lead to deadly healthcare-acquired infections.

3/6/2013 12:00:00 AM

IFMA Facility Fusion 2013


Facility Fusion is an intimate conference including an all-inclusive expo, facility management education, leadership training and industry-specific best practices.

3/5/2013 12:00:00 AM

Case study: Keeping cardiac operating room conditions bright, clean and productive with dynamic glass


Children's Hospital Colorado selects electronically tintable glass for cardiac unit operating room windows to increase staff access to daylight while maintaining sterile conditions.

3/5/2013 12:00:00 AM

Evidence-based design helps hospital achieve world-class standard


The Department of Defense's Military Health System (MHS) mandates its healthcare facilities be built to world-class standards. Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is the first MHS facility to consciously incorporate new EBD ideas to help achieve the standard.

3/4/2013 12:00:00 AM

AHE launches new online training for healthcare environmental services


The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association has introduced a new education program in collaboration with Clorox Healthcare.

3/4/2013 12:00:00 AM

Automatic fire sprinklers now standard in nursing home facilities


By August 13, 2013, nursing homes must have automatic fire sprinklers as a precondition of participating in the Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement program. But the road to this regulation has been a long time coming.

3/4/2013 12:00:00 AM

Case study: Dimmable LED lighting augments patient comfort in hospital's wound care center


Lighting was a key consideration when renovating the Advanced Wound Center at Henry County Hospital in Indiana.

3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Free webinar promotes green cleaning programs in healthcare facilities


The Green Cleaning Network will host a free webinar March 6 on "The State of Green Cleaning" at 2 p.m. Eastern.

3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

Case study: Metal panels help hospital achieve LEED gold


St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center features technological advances that not only provide more comprehensive care services but reduce the carbon footprint as well.

3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM



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