September 2013 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management
Electronic health records lean, logical way to improve processes and reporting
Acuity Brands recently released a case study of the lighting challenges faced in the building of the Tampa General Medical Group in Brandon, Florida.
Federal regulations and patient-satisfaction concerns spur changes
Hospitals in Chicago and elsewhere more than double debt service payments
Two-year study showed marked improvement at multiple sites around the world
Fishers hospital is the first in Indiana to seek LEED for Healthcare certification
Healthcare facility maintenance is an important part of the 'green' picture
Hotel-adapted amenities can help make patients feel comfortable and cared for
New Medicare rules add financial consequences to preventing hospital-acquired infections
Discussion offers practical ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs
Encouraging assertiveness can diminish risk in an effective safety culture
Three hospitals and 48 public schools recognized by The National Weather Service
Installation of combined heat and power (CHP) system can benefit environment as well as help bring down healthcare costs
'Facility-friendly' DNV Healthcare emphasizes ongoing improvement
Hospitals can download free tool to evaluate their own procedures
New design trends include self check-in kiosks and more intuitive wayfinding
Janitors are on the front lines of crucial infection control
Hospital patients will have technology at their fingertips
Patients can order meals, talk to nurses nurses and view X-rays
Compilation of articles can help avoid mistakes when introducing wireless technologies into healthcare facilities
Emergency preparedness grants fuel activity after Hurricane Sandy and Boston bombings
BIM software and smartphone apps can save time and minimize disruption
Architect designs buildings that serve. represent Native American culture
Tips for care and repair of four major commercial flooring categories
Novation Renews PDC Healthcare's patient identification agreement for wristbands and companion labels
Palisades Medical Center works with Lightpath to create connections and extend services beyond its walls
Planning can avoid some problems, flexibility can turn them into positives
Ankle-band transmitters help Virginia hospital staff keep babies safe
Planning, vigilance, isolation, thorough cleaning help hospital keep HAI in check
Upfront funding makes upgrades possible for cash-strapped facilities
Brooklyn Hospital Center's emphasis on fresh and healthy food stations boosts traffic 14 percent
Planning for the Coquille Valley Hospital focused on physician recruitment, patient perception and economic impact.
Researchers will try to identify design elements that may contribute to mishaps.
Northern Berkshire Healthcare cleared two paths behind the hospital to encourage a culture of health and wellness.
P&G Professional poll includes more than 400 cleaning professionals from healthcare, food service, commercial and hospitality sectors.
The 184,600-square-foot Tyler, Texas, facility is the region's first cardiac hospital.
Cost-effective technologies can help in emergencies situations as well as efficient equipment scheduling.
Color, texture and simple language can ease patient journey through medical facility.
Disaster preparation efforts may be considered a resource drain in calm times, but if a disaster catches a hospital unprepared, emergency departments come under fire.
When it comes to hospital safety, experts say patients should question cleanliness to prevent infections.
Patients mistaking them for urgent care centers can develop wallet pains.
BANs have transformed patient monitoring and offer opportunities for athletics and person fitness.
Regional patient registries may be useful in tracking the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections between health care facilities.
Facilities look beyond toilets and grab bars to wide doors and comfortable waiting room furniture
Additional "front doors" to care can reduce patient bottlenecks and long wait times.
Providence Hospital reduced annual energy consumption by 15% with energy efficient LED fixtures
Cypress Health Region employees in Saskatchewan took the lead in forming ideas and helping develop replacement-facility design.
New competition will focus on landscape architecture in acute care, senior living, and behavioral health facilities.
Research suggests that copper surfaces and cold plasma could be weapons against bacteria
In the past, patient outcomes and satisfaction may have seemed to be at odds with efficiency and sustainability. But that is changing.
Better patient outcomes seen in facilities with well-planned and tended landscaping.
Report provides healthcare facilities departments with benchmarking tools to help them communicate effectively with finance-focused senior management.
Ecophon Gedina Fiberglass Ceiling Panels Bring Exceptional Acoustical Performance to a Broad Range of Applications
According to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, at a certain point increasing the number of hand rub dispensers is less important than their location in encouraging use.
The market for healthcare construction is holding steady, but firms still worry about uncertainty in the field, according to a survey in Healthcare Design magazine.
Forward-thinking design elements are good for the health of the patients as well as the health of the hospital's budget, says the chair of the Center for Health Design.
As part of the announcement that Affinity will pay a more than $1.2 settlement for a breach of security, The Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights says that healthcare organizations need to consider photocopy machines when examining their data security.
Hospitals are forming coalitions to respond collaboratively to disasters, partly because federal funding is linked to joint efforts to deliver effective health care during an emergency.
Tighter economic times mean health care facilities professionals are taking a hard look at their furniture choices. Design and consistency can play a large role in a facility's brand, but the furniture also needs to be durable from a facilities standpoint.
A Paris hospital has installed 20 full- and semi-outdoor wayfinding kiosks to enhance visitors' experience and reduce the need for staff to direct wandering visitors.
A New Jersey legislator pushes medical waste legislation after syringes washed up on Island Beach State Park earlier this month.
The Blue Ridge Mountains provided a beautiful backdrop, as well as challenges, for Kahler Slater architects. The new Martha Jefferson Hospital building - a replacement for the original 100-year-old facility - was named one of 2013's most beautiful hospitals.
Software simulations help keep projects the right size and ensure that staffing, scheduling and patient volume are considered for efficient operations.
A new case study examines the role of improved environmental hygiene in lowering infections and raising HCAHPS Scores at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill., near Chicago. Communication with patients also plays a role.
The number of hospital mergers in 2012 (105) was more than double the total in 2009 (50), and with 46 mergers already this year, 2013 looks to be continuing the recent trend, according to Irving Levin Associates, a health care research firm.
Kristin Zeit, editor-in-chief of Healthcare Design and Environments for Aging, recently toured the Parkland Memorial Hospital replacement facility in Dallas. Zeit wrote about the experience and posted a gallery of photos of the tour.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has dropped a requirement for adding an indicator light on each receptacle on emergency power.
New artwork donated to enhance the patient experience at The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, Mass., was unveiled this week at a reception celebrating National Health Center Week.
The Center for Health Design has launched an extensive library of more than 2,500 evidence-based designed references.
The Healthcare Facilities Forum is an appointment-based event for the healthcare facilities management industry.
Jeff Foxworthy, Grasshopper Help Combat-Wounded Veteran Start New Business With Commercial Zero-Turn Mower Donation
Honeywell's New Smart Lighting Zone Controller Brings Greater Energy Efficiency To Commercial Buildings
A combination of economics and health trends could lead to the closing of a series of large hospitals in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Firestop Contractors International Association will present a barrier management symposium to educate healthcare engineering professionals about fire resistant rated construction including all compartmentation components.
Emerson Network Power Announces New Input Configurations and Industry Certifications for Liebert APM UPS
Wausau Offers INvent -HP -XLT Series Hurricane Impact-Resistant Operable Windows With Thermal Barrier Framing Cover
Chicago Faucets Redesigns Website, Adds Product Configurator for Mix-And-Match Components and Savings Calculator
Testing to ensure newly installed fire alarm systems are working correctly is a critical part of the installation process.
The Boston Marathon bombings tested the disaster response plans of the Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as other local hospitals.
There is more than one method to comply with NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems' internal pipe testing requirements.
Mitsubishi Electric vertical air handler provides increased static capacity, greater installation flexibility
Healthcare organizations are increasingly using mass notification systems, originally intended for emergency situations, for other critical communications.
CONSTRUCT 2013, sponsored by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will be held Sept. 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn.
Healthcare facilities have begun to focus more on privacy, noise control and acoustics not only to meet HIPPA mandates for patient confidentiality, but also to increase patient satisfaction.
Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center
"Infection Control: Breaking the Chain of Infection," will provide an in-depth understanding of universal practices and methods in combating the spread of infection in a variety of settings.
Hospitals nationwide are changing the kinds of food they serve and how they serve it in an effort to increase patient satisfaction, and thus revenue.
The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) 2013 Annual Conference (formerly the Labs21 Annual Conference) will be held Sept. 23-26 in Minneapolis.
The clinic name change is intended as a way to attract new patients by linking the growing retail clinic business to Walgreens' other healthcare assets under one well-known brand.
Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services and Istanbul University Hospitals sign collaboration agreement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added more than 130 chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List, including 119 chemicals that use fragrance for commercial and consumer cleaning products.
Schneider Electric launches new healthcare services designed to help mitigate risk, increase efficiency, extend lifecycle and increase safety at hospitals
Design firm NXT Health has developed a proposal for the hospital patient room of the future in collaboration with industry vendors, healthcare providers and healthcare thought leaders.
Officials at Long Beach Medical Center are engaged in an ongoing public feud with the state Health Department which wants to shut the hospital down permanently.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering using a star-rating system for hospitals on its Hospital Compare website to make it easier for patients to compare the quality of care at various facilities.
Aegis Health Group Conference keynote looks at minimizing risk of Affordable Care Act for employers and health systems
Twenty-three hospitals in central and southern Georgia have formed a strategic alliance to share resources and information to provide coordinated healthcare in the region.
The Michigan Green Healthcare Committee Annual Conference will be held Sept. 11-12 in Detroit.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles to host 3rd Annual Symposium on the Meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data
While many managers look to chiller retrofits, system add-ons, or even replacements to improve efficiency, many overlook the single most important factor in determining both chiller efficiency and reliability: maintenance.
The Viterbo University School of Nursing in La Crosse, Wis., incorporated diverse sustainable strategies in a new 68,777-square-foot facility that includes classrooms, a simulated-learning center, laboratories and faculty offices.
Xenex changes name to Xenex Disinfection Services; Facilities using system make 2013 Best Hospitals List
Four U.S. hospitals are being recognized for their leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety through the annual American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.
Perhaps the most daunting challenge in planning plumbing retrofits is specifying the most appropriate products to ensure the upgrade achieves its goals.
But due to rising utility costs, a growing number of maintenance and engineering managers have turned to submetering to more accurately track utility costs for numerous areas within facilities.
The importance of green buildings lies not just in mitigating facilities' effect on the environment, but also in their ability to improve the health of the people who occupy them every day.
Schneider Electric StruxureWare enhancement enables holistic management of data center infrastructure
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports it has awarded more than $916 million to continue improving preparedness and health outcomes for a wide range of public health threats within every state.
Measurement and verification can be an excellent vehicle for facility managers and building operators to maintain the long-term health and efficiency of their buildings.
Symposium Distinction Awards recognize design teams, projects and individuals who have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry.
Maintenance and engineering managers need to address a range of essential areas when selecting signage and sign-making equipment for their departments and facilities.
Many facility managers opt out of strategic planning these days in favor of just coping with the idiosyncrasies of their corporate environment. However, experts say the concept of strategic planning is more relevant in our current uncertain business climate than before.
Ten state health information exchange (HIE) programs have teamed to allow for the exchange of health information among providers caring for patients who are displaced from their homes due to wide-spread disaster such as hurricanes or tornados.
These 11 individuals are being recognized for their contributions and leadership in promoting healthcare environmental sustainability, raising awareness about the potential health consequences of climate change, and helping their communities prepare for climate related health impacts.
The Cleveland Clinic, in cooperation with the International Parking Institute (IPI), is offering a two-day Parking CARES Symposium Aug. 5 and 6 to highlight best practices from the clinic's award-winning parking operations.
A hospital in Pensacola, Fla., was forced to close a suite of operating rooms July 8 because of a sudden infestation of flying ants.
The American Institute of Architects-Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA-AAH) has named the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program.
OGA, a national full-service real estate services and development company located in Nashville, has broken ground on seven new outpatient clinics in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan and South Carolina.
Luxe Linear Drains channel drains are ADA compliant and a good option for barrier-free, wheelchair accessible showers.
McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has begun construction of the new 74,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif.
In July 2013, after several years of work, EPA launched a major retooling and upgrade of the Portfolio Manager tool.
The 21st annual Health Forum and American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit will be held July 25-27 in San Diego.
Building Operating Management's NFMT Vegas 2013 will be held Sept. 17-18 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Maintenance Solutions magazine has announced the winners in its annual reader's-choice Darn Good Products Awards.
The image that is projected by a facility's restrooms is a direct result of the planning that went into the design of the facilities.
The Environments for Aging 2014 conference will be held May 3-6 in Anaheim, Calif.
Grounds managers need to consider many activities — from irrigation and mulching, to plant selection and maintenance — in their efforts to make landscapes more environmentally friendly.
The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation will present the 2013 Transform symposium Sept. 8-10 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn.
Voting is currently underway on Facebook for the Maintenance Solutions 2013 Achievement Awards, with a voter deadline of July 15.
The latest revisions of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Green Guides should put an end to misleading environmental marketing claims.
Cooper Lighting joins Green Parking Council (GPC) to develop, accelerate adoption of sustainable practices
Honeywell launches training program to help contractors assess, manage energy use in commercial buildings
To provide desired levels of performance and safety, maintenance and engineering managers need to develop and implement an inspection program that targets doors and door hardware.
ARCHIBUS releases 3rd generation mobile technology for real estate, infrastructure and facilities management
Inaugural Fellows class concludes sessions to drive healthcare forward, sets stage for annual initiative
St. Anthony Hospital on the southwest side of Chicago is designing a new campus that may serve as a model for poor urban areas in other cities.
Case study explores how Cooper University Hospital increased insurance collection rates by 25 percent
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the green building rating system.
The 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia.
St. Mary's Healthcare first hospital in Northeastern U.S. to install Mazor Robotics' Renaissance System
A new Walgreens store is being developed adjacent to the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore medical campus to offer health and wellness programs and services for students, staff and residents of the surrounding community.
A new video is now available online demonstrating how the ASCO PowerQuest Power Monitoring and Control System can aid in proper management of a critical power management system.
Construction has begun on Brigham Building for the Future at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Some of the benefits facility managers see in installing hand dryers include financial savings, green and sustainable capabilities, and improved hygiene.
While durability and infection control are still vital considerations, aesthetics has become more important as healthcare facilities seek warmer, more inviting looks for floors.
Premier Healthcare Alliance, GHX partner on industry portal to reduce costs through contract synchronization
No matter the equipment in question, facility managers can deliver a successful rental project by ensuring the rental agreement is clear, comprehensive and effective.
The Center for Health Design Research Coalition has developed a checklist to indicate what managers should be looking for in flooring options and areas for further research.
As the sustainability movement continues to flourish, more custodial managers are demanding environmentally friendly products to satisfy in-house green initiatives, as well as earn credits toward LEED certification.
Choosing a roof coating best suited to a facility's local climate can be the difference between a failed application and one that delivers energy savings and prolongs a roof's performance life.
Baptist Memorial Health Care to integrate Micromedex from Truven Health Analytics in its EHR systems
"Do no harm" may be the mantra of the medical community, but increasingly, it's the charge of facility managers as well. That is especially true when it comes to choosing building products.
The typical decor of a children's hospital, featuring lots of bright colors and geometric shapes, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
The annual reader survey from Housekeeping Solutions is now available, and this year's results offer insight into management priorities, budgets, green and sustainability practices, and more.
The Joint Commission June 19 announced its decision process for certification programs will now have only two outcomes: Certified or Not Certified. This change takes effect immediately.
EXCLUSIVE: Guided by Technology
A new generation of technology-driven wayfinding tools is being used by hospitals nationwide to help guide visitors to their destinations while contributing to a more enjoyable hospital visit.
RFID in Health Care conference and exhibition, presented by RFID Journal, will be held Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.
While the type of cooling tower installed and its operating environment determine the issues facility managers must address to keep the tower operating efficiently, managers also need to consider a number of common issues most tower operations face.
Any green interior renovation or design project is going to face a number of challenges ranging from cost to sustainability requirements. Facility managers play a vital role in implementing the strategies that drive successful projects.
For decades, the facility manager and engineer considered water to be just there when needed. This has been changing, and it may be time to give facility managers the option to earn a professional water certification by learning how to be more efficient.
Healthcare Facilities Today will host a free webcast June 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern on how to prepare for a surprise inspection in a healthcare facility.
The number of retail health clinics in the U.S. is projected to double in the next three years due to the increasing demand of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report.
The task of keeping drains, piping and plumbing systems open and flowing in institutional and commercial facilities is challenging and unending.
As more tools adopt COBie, it is important that facility management, architecture, engineering, and construction teams have processes in place to effectively use the tools available.
The one-hour session, "A Healthy Infrastructure: Intelligent Enterprise Solutions for the Healthcare Environment" will be broadcast June 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wants hospital construction in flood-prone areas to meet new standards for extreme weather.
As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission prepare to adopt the 2012 Life Safety Code, the effects on facility managers in healthcare facilities will me minimal, and at any rate positive, according to a presenter at the NFPA Conference and Expo.
The Healthcare Design Education Day series of events, hosted by the producers of the Healthcare Design Conference, continues in June with a full day of free webinars dedicated to interior design in healthcare facilities.
The center occupies 60,000 square feet on the lower two floors of a new six-story, 176,000-square-foot building on the hospital's campus.
The producers of the Healthcare Design Conference will hold the inaugural Healthcare Design Academy Aug. 8 - 9 at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Technical Glass Products offers design professionals new AIA-registered fire-rated glass and framing course
Many facility managers focus on the technical systems involved in fire and life safety preparation, but understanding how building occupants are likely to behave in an emergency, and taking steps to ensure that their actions help, rather than hinder, everyone's safety also is critical.
Ohio Telehealth Summit brings policymakers, healthcare experts together to explore benefits of telemedicine
The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California hires Brian Jensen as regional vice president
Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach opens first Pediatric Food Allergy Center in Southern California
Professionals in the facilities design industry already have begun to reshape how healthcare buildings are designed, constructed and operated with the needs of baby boomers in mind.
A thorough, knowledge-based analysis from the outset is vital to the selection of a new critical facility site, as critical facilities need to be sufficiently robust to remain in operation and survive under stress, whether caused by natural or human agents.
Regard, a new customizable furniture system from Nurture by Steelcase, is comprised of approximately 150 separate components and integrates modular seating, casegood elements, space division, power and tables.
Performing a roof-condition assessment can be beneficial when deciding whether to install a new roof or repair an existing roof.
Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history, is a lesson in how the best-laid contingency plans can be shredded in no time when an extreme weather event hits.
When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs embarked on construction of its first new facility in nearly 20 years, VA facilities professionals and architects worked together to create a facility that updated the agency's established criteria for hospital design to suit contemporary needs.
Due to recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, it may be time for healthcare facilities to take a look at existing disaster readiness plans and see where gaps and loopholes might exist.
Increasingly, managers are seeking ways to take advantage of emerging technology tools to enhance the power of their computerized maintenance management systems.
Flooring installation failures are an increasing problem that can be costly and time-consuming, but there are actions facility managers can take to ensure proper installation.
When evaluating patient space for upgrades a number of key factors come into play to make the marriage of efficiency, aesthetics, comfort and patient safety work successfully.
Pushing the envelope further on building product content transparency, the International Living Future Institute is rolling out a product labeling program on social justice and equity issues.
Because water system upgrades are typically expensive, the payback for performing them needs to make financial sense.
As the healthcare industry constructs, remodels and repurposes aging facilities for a new era of health services delivery, the symbiotic relationship between all areas of the healthcare profession come into play.
Extensive unanticipated facility repairs continue at Long Beach Medical Center, which closed after Hurricane Sandy flooded it in October.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is increasing its efforts to promote facility commissioning to its members as a way to get leaner and more efficient buildings.
The SEMCO IQHC (high capacity) Series of active chilled beams' cooling capacity has been increased by 50 percent over previous models, while dropping pump and fan horsepower needs.
Unisource Worldwide featuring integrated cleaning and measurement solutions at 2013 APIC Annual Conference
From hand hygiene solutions to appropriate specified surfaces that block pathogen transmission, healthcare interiors make up a complex part of the infection control puzzle.
Moving cautiously is important when facing the potential costs and disruption associated with a chiller replacement, but there are other factors that must be taken into consideration.
While carpet extraction might seem like a straightforward process, doing it improperly can actually make the carpet dirtier faster.
A system that uses open or standard protocols gives facility managers the flexibility to use products from different manufacturers, but no single protocol is the best for every application, experts say.
As healthcare facilities professionals seek to boost overall efficiencies in operations while facing tight budgets, lighting is one area that can be tapped for definitive savings, thanks to new technologies such as LEDs.
A floor matting standard from the American National Standards Institute and National Floor Safety Institute provides guidance on floor mat selection, installation, and care and maintenance.
New Lutron LIFT technology expands the market for automated shading solutions in commercial buildings
Hospitals across the country are responding to the low adherence to hand-washing protocols by using new systems to monitor employees and encourage them to wash their hands.
Significant revisions to standard NFPA 25, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, have been put into place for the 2014 edition.
The study, known as "Randomized Evaluation of Decolonization Versus Universal Clearance to Eliminate (REDUCE) MRSA," found using antimicrobial soap and ointment to decolonize all intensive care unit patients reduces all bloodstream infections, including MRSA by 44 percent.
The challenge for maintenance and engineering managers is making sense of new LED products and their manufacturers, and then specifying the most appropriate products for particular facility applications.
Hazardous materials labeling guidelines recently adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have the potential to cause confusion and expose individuals to harm through misunderstanding of hazard levels, according to NFPA.
The challenge of key management lies in balancing the daily operational needs of your facility while still maintaining control of who has what keys, when they have them, what they can access and when they are returned.
New regulations and advancements in paints and coatings can offer managers the opportunity to revisit their planning processes and implement cost-saving tactics that produce longer-lasting, better-looking applications.
Viable bacteria on hospital towels used for cleaning patient rooms can survive the laundering process, according to study.
Kaiser Permanente May 22 announced it will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for all new construction of hospitals, large medical offices and other major projects.
A fire protection system based on zone detection helped St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, minimize patient disruptions while providing full coverage.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) building energy labeling program has expanded to include an As Designed label in addition to its current In Operation label.
Hardening emergency power supply systems against all the likely threats they might face is imperative in safeguarding power to critical facilities such as hospitals.
A significant healing effect can be achieved by giving patients access to a gardening space, whether as simple as a container garden or a much more involved garden plan.
Healthcare Design magazine, in partnership with The Center for Health Design, is seeking submissions for its 2013 Remodel/Renovation competition.
The Energy Center of Wisconsin will offer the program, "Efficient facility lighting for energy savings and productivity," June 4 and 5.
The Energy Center of Wisconsin will offer a free program specifically discussing energy efficiency in healthcare facilities June 27 in Madison, Wis.
As demographics shift, hospitals are faced with having to provide for multiple patient populations in the same space.
Maintenance Solutions magazine Achievement Awards honor the accomplishments of facility management professionals in the areas of maintenance, engineering and grounds management.
The 2013 Fall IDN Summit and Reverse Expo will be held Sept. 24-26 in Phoenix.
The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) will hold its 2013 Expo Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-three stories up, the mechanical floor at the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago is a testament to the design and operations pressures the vertical strategy created.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2013 Convention and Exhibit will be held Oct. 28-30 in Atlanta.
The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition July 28-31 in San Diego, Calif.
When Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas, embarked on a $34 million expansion three years ago, they didn't let their small town location keep them from installing an HVAC system more typical of big city hospitals.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center opened its doors in Fontana, Calif. on May 7.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is seeking submissions for its 2013 Journal. The submission deadline is May 31.
DuPont offers a training DVD to help employees in healthcare facilities better understand the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication standard.
The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) has formed an educational partnership with the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) to help promote national standards for floor care related to floor safety.
Whenever a redesign or new installation will include nurse stations, improving the function of the nurse station should be the primary design consideration.
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, in Dover, Del., recently expanded the institution with decades of well-planned growth in mind.
Nora system's norament satura rubber flooring features a flexible color palette that includes a subtle array of neutrals and saturated accent colors in a tone-on-tone design.
More cleaning product manufacturers are increasing their offerings of training and monitoring services to help hospital EVS teams meet the demands related to HAIs.
The continued evolution of the healthcare market is expected to bring increased focus on personalized care in smaller healthcare facilities.
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo will take place Nov. 15-18 in Boston.
Healthcare Facilities Today will host the free webinar "Healthcare Facility Benchmarking: How to Get Started" at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 21.
Hospitals have come to realize that good wayfinding not only reduces patient and visitor frustration, but also helps build the institution's brand.
Planning and design have tremendous impact on a facility's overall operational efficiency and ROI, not to mention occupant comfort, sustainability and more.
New standards from the Joint Commission will require hospitals to enhance patient flow through the emergency department by January 2014.
American Standard's bedpan washer diverter for flush valves can effectively operate with as little as 1.28 gallons of water per flush, when combined with a high efficiency American Standard piston-operated flush valve.
Many factors were considered and tested when Cook Children's Medical Center in Texas decided to expand and reinvent its renowned NICU facilities.
The inaugural Critical Facilities Summit, held Oct. 21-23 in Charlotte, N.C., is an educational conference and product exposition for those involved in the design, construction and operation of mission critical facilities like hospitals.
Using tactics more common to retail and manufacturing, the expanded University of Colorado's emergency department has been able to reduce wait times from 80 minutes to around 10.
The cancer care landscape is ever-evolving thanks to a myriad of factors, most notably, a focus on team-based, outpatient treatment plans.
The Healthcare Smart Water Leadership Summit, to be held June 6 - 7 in Chicago, will now also be available via live streaming for those unable to attend in person.
ASHRAE guideline on how to create a facility systems manual is open for public comment through June 2, 2013.
The healthcare foodservice sector can learn some valuable lessons from an energy reduction initiative at Harvard University.
A sharing call, titled "What is the Right HHI Challenge for Your Facility?" will be held May 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern to review each of the HHI challenges, data submission requirements and other details.
Replacing physical keys with wireless access-control systems in long-term care facilities has many benefits for both residents and care providers.
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) will hold its annual convention June 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.
Cleanliness delivered by a pleasant environmental services staff can help promote satisfaction among consumers and distinguish a hospital from its competition.
Textile products in healthcare environments need to be durable and cleanable while still remaining attractive to users. Over the last two decades, the textile industry has developed several fabric coatings and finishes that achieve these goals while being friendlier to the environment than previous options.
As hospitals seek to differentiate themselves in an ever more competitive market, many are looking to their lobbies to start the patient experience off on the right foot.
The official groundbreaking for the new Stanford Hospital took place May 1 in Palo Alto, Calif.
The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) recently published a new book, "BIM for Facility Managers."
The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, which opened June 2012 in Chicago, Ill., was designed to make going to the hospital — and sometimes staying for months at a time — a little less scary of an experience for the children and their families.
When Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Wash. needed to replace the 16,000-square-foot structural roof over the operating suites, they went one step further and installed a 10,000-square-foot section of vegetative roofing as well.
Hospitals nationwide are making strides to serve healthier, more sustainable foods — with a sometimes unexpected benefit to the bottom line.
Legrand's Pass & Seymour Hospital Grade USB Charger with tamper-resistant receptacle is available in 15A and 20A, 125V versions.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will hold its annual Conference & Expo June 10-13 in Chicago.
While public health officials agree U.S. hospitals are more prepared to handle disasters than they were prior to the 9/11 attacks, concerns have risen in recent weeks about how funding cuts could potentially impede hospital emergency preparedness.
Kaiser Permanente has received 29 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards for 2013.
More pest-management companies are being called to exterminate bedbugs in hospitals and nursing homes, according to a survey by the National Pest Management Association.
Wausau 4000i-DT Series windows improve patient safety while preserving the historic styling of the Brattleboro Retreat Children's Inpatient Program building.
Children's Hospital of Illinois at OSF, Saint Francis Medical Center required an elevator system that could meet the demands for fast and safe movement of people and equipment throughout the facility.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) offers a seminar for new or aspiring healthcare facility managers.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is offering Healthcare Construction Certificate (HCC) workshops throughout the year at various locations nationwide.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is recognizing hospitals for their efforts to reduce energy consumption as part of ASHE's Energy Efficiency Commitment (E2C) program.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will offer a one-hour webinar titled "Healthcare Essentials: Hybrid OR - Integrated Planning" on May 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Acuity Brands to market tunable LED luminaires that better mimic natural sunlight.
The Harvard School of Public Health is offering a weeklong course on health and safety issues in laboratory design May 6-10 in Boston.
Dedicating 75 percent of the first floor to public use and integrating with the Boston HarborWalk, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, incorporates inclusive design into every aspect of the facility.
The 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition will be held June 20-22 in Denver.
Patient safety and financial stability are cited as two of the most important issues facing hospitals today in a recent survey of hospital executives and risk managers.
A hospital in Hove, England, is hosting two art installations by Brian Eno designed to relax patients.
The renovation of the health services facility at Arizona State University focused on efficiency and the environment.
The 2013 Annual Conference for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will be held June 22-26 in Denver.
Greenheck's Vektor-MH mixed flow, high plume laboratory exhaust fan features a mixed flow wheel and high plume discharge.
The 2013 American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) will be held May 18-23 in Montreal, Canada.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have organized a new workgroup tasked with promoting innovation in health information technology (Health IT) while safeguarding patient safety.
Increasing investments in IT and facilities are among the top three growth areas in hospital spending over the next five years, an L.E.K. Consulting study says.
The Group Health Puyallup Medical Center in Puyallup, Wash., is the first project in the U.S. to achieve certification under LEED for Healthcare rating.
Mercy Hospital Joplin will use clay brick exteriors, known for their tornado-resistant attributes, in the construction of the new hospital.
The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management 2013 Annual Conference & Expo will be held May 5-8 in San Diego, Calif.
A one-day series of three free webinars dedicated to interior design in healthcare facilities will be held April 25.
Improperly disinfected mobile medical equipment may be inadvertently increasing the spread of healthcare-associated infections.
Wausau Window and Wall Systems has introduced hardware options for its INvent Series of windows that make them more accessible to people with disabilities.
The 2013 Healthcare Design Conference will be held Nov. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.
Tighter budgets may lead smaller hospitals to rely on a single data center, but strategies have to be worked out for backing up data in a practical fashion.
A new all-in-one touchscreen panel PC can be used as a self-serve kiosk in healthcare environments such as doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals.
Massachusetts General Hospital is starting a pilot program to recycle and sell blue wrap used in operating rooms to package surgical equipment.
Design trends in assisted living facilities are evolving to blend home and hospitality finishes and amenities while using evidence-based design to refine strategies.
When the Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., began pursuing Energy Star certification in 2004, it became apparent that a lighting retrofit involving almost 12,000 lamps and ballasts on the 1.6-million-square-foot campus was a necessary step.
ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, held July 21-24 in Atlanta, is considered one of the most trusted industry events for healthcare facility managers.
The 2013 American Hospital Association (AHA) Membership Meeting will take place April 28 - May 1 in Washington, D.C.
As part of a telehealth redesign to give parents constant access to their babies, the NICU at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah is being fitted with 195 video cameras.
A hands-free automatic faucet system is now available to address infection control needs in environments such as healthcare facilities.
A new antimicrobial protection finish for both interior and exterior high-touch metal surfaces is designed to inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Using copper alloy touch surfaces in intensive care patient rooms cut the rate of healthcare-acquired infections by more than half in a recent study.
New codes and standards, the net-zero movement and evolution in facade systems are driving improved building envelope performance, which is a significant way to reduce energy use — a common concern for healthcare facilities.
Those involved in the long-term strategic planning for healthcare facilities may benefit from an upcoming webcast examining the increasing trend of mergers and acquisitions in the industry.
Healthcare facilities need resiliency in design and operations to be prepared for extreme weather.
Hybrid video surveillance systems capture the benefit of IP while mitigating the cost.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published a second edition of its "HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics."
Key among HAI preventative measures is the seemingly simple act of healthcare practitioners washing their hands, and some of the cited obstacles to the task may have design or operations solutions.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced several changes to its Design for the Environment Program (DfE) for labeling cleaning products.
Advances in the energy efficiency of medical equipment can significantly cut plug loads in hospitals, and should be factored into purchasing decisions.
Midmark Corporation's line of Care Exchange Workstations includes new wall mounted and AC powered options.
Beginning July 1, The Joint Commission will offer the Nursing Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, with a new Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option.
Walgreen clinics will be expanding patient care to include the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.
The Joint Commission now offers Voluntary Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification for hospitals and critical access hospitals.
Several of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation come to bear on security department actions and policies.
The Center for Health Design is offering a series of four workshops on strategic design trends in healthcare.
The 9th Annual Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources Emergency Preparedness Conference will take place May 1 and 2 in Las Vegas.
Erlab's CaptairBio PCR Workstation helps prevent sample contamination between PCR operations.
A recent report offers advice to healthcare providers seeking to expand services outside the hospital campus.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Orange Medical Care P.C. in Newburgh, N.Y., with fines totaling $44,800 for failing to protect its workers adequately against potential bloodborne pathogen hazards.
An interior designer examines how healthcare flooring in one rehabilitation hospital helps to facilitate patient care.
Open, indoor water features could be prohibited in new healthcare facilities due to risks associated with waterborne pathogens.
Anticipating an increase in patients in 2014 due to greater access to health insurance, behavioral health facility renovations and new construction are gaining speed.
Practice Greenhealth will host a webinar on flame retardants on April 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
The Berkley East Convalescent Hospital purchased 100 Panasonic 32-inch TH-32LRH30U LCD patient room displays, after testing models from three different manufacturers.
The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is offering workshops in April and May for those interested in obtaining and maintaining ACHC accreditation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rather than designed as afterthoughts, the public spaces in healthcare facilities should be identified and designed to function according to their specific typology.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) officials have announced a HIPAA breach at the hospital caused by a missing laptop computer.
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.
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.
Exchange 2013, the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) annual conference will be held Sept. 15-18 in Indianapolis.
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.
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.
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.
The facilities department can provide important strategic information that should be considered prior to a hospital embarking on an ambulatory surgery center joint venture.
Compliance Online will host a HIPAA risk analysis webinar on March 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A searchable database of federal safety rule violations at about 1,000 hospitals since 2011 is now available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is offering a two-day course designed to specifically address the commissioning process in healthcare facilities.
Assa Abloy presents a new line of door hardware to address the specific needs of high-, medium- and low-risk behavioral health environments.
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.
The National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems 2013 annual conference will be held June 19-21 in Hollywood, Fla.
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.
A new Green Seal standard for institutional and industrial laundry products addresses their life cycle impacts.
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.
Numerous technological advances in chillers allow healthcare occupancies to reap significant energy efficiency gains during new construction or significant retrofits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facility Fusion is an intimate conference including an all-inclusive expo, facility management education, leadership training and industry-specific best practices.
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.
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.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association has introduced a new education program in collaboration with Clorox Healthcare.
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.
Lighting was a key consideration when renovating the Advanced Wound Center at Henry County Hospital in Indiana.
The Green Cleaning Network will host a free webinar March 6 on "The State of Green Cleaning" at 2 p.m. Eastern.
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center features technological advances that not only provide more comprehensive care services but reduce the carbon footprint as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mentor Health will offer a training webinar on workplace violence in healthcare facilities on April 30.
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.
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.
The 4th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit showcases how using lean principles are changing the way healthcare is delivered and financed.
ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2013 is a weeklong trade show for cleaning industry professionals, held Nov. 18-21 in Las Vegas.
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.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Feb. 20 recognized three healthcare facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award.
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.
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.
Healthcare design organizations are interested in developing funding for further research and standardizing research findings in accessible databases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent survey of 300 healthcare executives revealed some dominant trends within the healthcare industry for 2013. Key among them is financial performance.
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.
The International Code Council (ICC) has recently approved several proposals for the 2015 edition of the International Building Code with direct repercussions for hospitals.
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.
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.
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.
The 2013 Smart Water Leadership Summit, hosted by Phigenics for leaders in healthcare water management, will be held June 6 and 7 in Chicago.
Psychiatric hospitals have their own design needs and do not necessarily benefit from the evidence-based design practices suitable for a general hospital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CleanLink.com will host the free webcast "Preventing the Spread of C. diff" March 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The healthcare industry is moving forward in defining environmentally preferable purchasing standards and establishing common standards for contracting for products
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.
Market trends are driving healthcare facilities design to focus on cost reduction and efficiency.
Stanley Healthcare has announced new additions to its wire shelving systems for hospitals and healthcare organizations.
Hospital administrators need environmental services (ES) leaders who can demonstrate high competency across a wide swath of knowledge, skills and abilities.
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.
NeoCon 2013, a design exposition and conference for the contract furnishings industry, will be held June 10-12 in Chicago.
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.
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.
The 2013 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo will be held Oct. 1-3 in Chicago.
The Facilities Resource Group at Ascension Health has devised a plan so facilities projects don't compete for capital funds with clinical projects.
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.
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).
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.
Three months after superstorm Sandy, New York City hospitals have begun moving forward with plans to improve emergency preparedness at their facilities.
A new explosion proof ultraviolet light with outputs appropriate for use as germicidal control within the healthcare industry has recently been introduced to market.
The 2013 National Facilities Management and Technology Show (NFMT) includes an educational track designed specifically for those in the healthcare industry.
Interior designers share some best practices learned while developing an art program for a major medical center.
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.
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:
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.
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.
One of the challenges designers face is finding non-chemical building materials to create healthier interiors in healthcare facilities.
Smoke purge systems are not required in windowless anesthetizing locations by the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code.
The Advocate AV-Series Lavatory System is the first fixture of its kind to provide a completely touchless sink with soap, faucet and hand dryer contained in one unit, introduced to the market in June by the Bradley Corp., it has since won two design awards.
Healthcare is expected to be the strongest institutional sector for construction growth with a projected 4.4 percent increase in 2013.
A new ASTM International standard describes the use of pigskin as an alternative to human hands in testing the efficacy of hand hygiene products in combating contamination.
American healthcare consumers are shopping medical facilities with ever increasing frequency to get the best deal for their procedures.
The total savings to the healthcare sector, if it adopted more environmentally sustainable operations, could exceed $5.4 billion over five years, and $15 billion over 10 years, according to a Health Care Research Collaborative study.
The EPA announced on December 31, 2012 that they will begin collecting information on lead-based paint (LBP) and commercial buildings, says the Institute of Real Estate Management. The agency is exploring new regulations that would create lead abatement practices in commercial buildings similar to those that exist for residential properties, says the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).
Changes to clarify requirements in a proposed ASHRAE standard to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems are open for third public comment from Jan. 25 to March 11, 2013.
While the oil boom may be good for the overall economy of North Dakota, it has been taking a heavy financial toll on healthcare providers in the region. Area medical facilities have been inundated with uninsured patients, resulting in unpaid medical bills, leaving the hospitals in serious debt.
Of the over 53,000 facilities using the EPA Energy Star's Portfolio Manager to track water use as of June 2012, 960 are hospitals, according to an EPA Data Trends report. In addition, 840 medical offices were tracking water use. By comparison, as of December 2011, 4,860 hospitals were using Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy use.
Updates to the New York City building code restrict the use of interior finishes common in healthcare settings. According to the 2008 New York City building code, materials must now meet smoke development classifications, in addition to fire resistance classifications.
In recognition of operational needs in hospitals, the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA 101, Life Safety Code allows limited groups of furniture and certain other projections into corridors in healthcare occupancies, provided corridors are at least 8 feet wide, according to an article in the NFPA Journal.
A new healthcare app for the iPad, based on the Lean management system made popular in manufacturing, aims to teach operations professionals in healthcare how to streamline processes and save money.
Some new products may come to the aid of hospitals looking for ways to reduce the occurrences of healthcare-acquired infections and related issues.
Sharon Erdman, director of Patient Experience Design at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., shares the design methods she uses to communicate Mayo's mission and history to patients and visitors alike.
With water and sewer utility rates rising between 5 and 10 percent every year in many parts of the United States, investments in water conservation practices could lead to substantial savings for healthcare facilities.
In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, there has been much discussion about the emergency power systems in healthcare facilities and what should be done to safeguard against negative impacts on patent care.
The efforts of several major children's hospitals to upgrade their facilities to be more patient and family friendly highlights the ongoing trend in patient-centric healthcare design — with the end goal being the creation of an environment more conducive to healing.
Can sustainable healthcare facility construction and operation practices save more than $5 billion over the next 5 years? And if so, why aren't more facilities adopting sustainable efforts?
A dedication ceremony was held Jan. 14 for the University of Chicago Medicine's new Center for Care and Discovery on the university's south-side campus.
Proper maintenance of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is arguably key to maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) in any commercial facility, but it takes on an added level of importance in healthcare facilities where infection control and cross contamination are among the concerns.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital are having success cracking down on healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) by using robots to clean patient rooms.
Whitman-Walker Health will open a new center at 1525 14th St. NW in mid-2014. The nearly 43,0000 square-foot center will allow Whitman-Walker to expand its primary medical, mental health and dental care services, as well as allow for a larger pharmacy, according to a press release.
The North Bay area of California, comprising Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, will see a number of major health care construction projects underway in 2013, with some either reaching key phases or completion by 2014.
While upgrading to new energy efficient HVAC equipment is generally intended to save healthcare facilities money in the long term, the initial installation sometimes comes with a few challenges.
The FCC on Jan. 9 announced a new $400 million annual Healthcare Connect Fund that will encourage the use of broadband telecommunications technology at healthcare facilities nationwide.
Reducing energy consumption is one of the most important duties of healthcare sustainability professionals, but it isn't the only job they are doing in the modern healthcare environment.
Proponents of evidenced-based design in healthcare facilities just got a new tool to aid in their mission.
In October, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) published a new guide to help architects more accurately predict future energy consumption in current building projects.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may be taking a closer look at how data center operators interpret the electrical safety standard that requires employers to disconnect the power source and lock out electrical supply to a circuit before work can be performed nearby.
A. baumannii requires new cleaning protocols according to a recent study that found more than half the rooms positive for the bacteria prior to cleaning remained contaminated after cleaning.
Anne Marie Philbrook, principal and lead designer of Philbrook Healthcare Design, suggests design teams can provide more creative, patient friendly environments if they have "patient-experience specialist" on staff looking out for the patients' interests.
The New York Times reports a growing trend toward designing hospital emergency rooms that cater to the specific needs of baby boomers and their parents.
Construction continues on schedule for the nearly $1-billion California Health Care Facility in Stockton, Calif.
A recent article in The Fayetteville Observer notes enhanced security measures for visitors at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center are met with praise from security personnel and visitors alike. But the center is not the first to employ an automated visitor management system.
According to a December 2012 article in Health Facilities Management magazine, key players involved in healthcare facilities say hospitals are in a prime position within the next five years to make sustainability part of their mission and business plan.
Hospice of North Idaho has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) $50,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This is the first settlement involving a breach impacting fewer than 500 people.
In 2011 the Nebraska Medical Center implemented video monitoring in patient rooms requiring around-the-clock observation in order to improve patient safety and reduce staffing costs, according to an article in Campus Security magazine.
Campus Security magazine offers some tips for ensuring healthcare facility doors are up to the job of appropriately securing patient health records.
Levine Cancer Institute’s new headquarters on the campus of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., is designed with amenities to help enhance patients' quality of life.
Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, N.C., is the latest hospital to join a two-year study, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that will measure the effectiveness of using no-touch environmental UV disinfection technology to clean in healthcare facilities.
According to The News Tribune, construction has begun on the new Community Health Care Hilltop Health Center in Tacoma, Wash.
The Center for Health Design recently released a free report, "Achieving EBD Goals Through Flooring Selection & Design," to give interior designers within the healthcare sector a set of evidence-based criteria to evaluate flooring options for healthcare facilities.