September 2013 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management

Medical equipment integration no longer optional

Electronic health records lean, logical way to improve processes and reporting

Case study: Tampa primary care facility improved with LED lighting and digital controls

Acuity Brands recently released a case study of the lighting challenges faced in the building of the Tampa General Medical Group in Brandon, Florida.

Shhh - Hospitals making improvements in acoustics, privacy

Federal regulations and patient-satisfaction concerns spur changes

Spike in health care construction brings higher interest costs

Hospitals in Chicago and elsewhere more than double debt service payments

WHO hand hygiene strategy feasible and sustainable

Two-year study showed marked improvement at multiple sites around the world

Take a photo tour of St. Vincent Hospital

Fishers hospital is the first in Indiana to seek LEED for Healthcare certification

Emerson Network Power's ASCO Power Quality Meters capture every event

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies detailing biometrics at Critical Facilities summit

Taco offers low-lead compliance web info

Inc. magazine honors Aquatherm as part of Fastest Growing Companies in the Nation

RFCI releases environmental product declarations

Sustainable design goes beyond building phase

Healthcare facility maintenance is an important part of the 'green' picture

Healthcare can learn from hospitality design pulse

Hotel-adapted amenities can help make patients feel comfortable and cared for

Infection preventionists crucial to hand hygiene compliance

New Medicare rules add financial consequences to preventing hospital-acquired infections

Federal News Radio interview focuses on healthcare quality improvement through IT

Discussion offers practical ways to improve outcomes and reduce costs

Focus on patient's role in hospital safety

Encouraging assertiveness can diminish risk in an effective safety culture

Rockford hospitals lauded for storm readiness

Three hospitals and 48 public schools recognized by The National Weather Service

CACI to provide healthcare facilities support to Air Force Medical Support Agency

Nexion Health selects COMS Interactive disease management program

Nexlight announces web site for Perfectsense building occupancy sensors

Controlled Power Co. receives Frost & Sullivan 2013 Best Practices Award

Gunlocke's new Roundabout Seating delivers comfortable versatility for any workspace

Pennsylvania health system's plant upgrade saves millions in energy costs

Installation of combined heat and power (CHP) system can benefit environment as well as help bring down healthcare costs

New hospital accreditation firm attracting attention

'Facility-friendly' DNV Healthcare emphasizes ongoing improvement

Free decontamination self-assessment offered

Hospitals can download free tool to evaluate their own procedures

Have waiting rooms seen their day?

New design trends include self check-in kiosks and more intuitive wayfinding

Sweeping changes: Hospitals focus on cleaning services

Janitors are on the front lines of crucial infection control

Doctors in Dubai will soon prescribe (Android) tablets

Hospital patients will have technology at their fingertips

Wiremold lab bench box meets UL spill standard

Collins joins PFB Architects

AAMA publishes performance requirements and test procedures for solar reflective finishes

Danfoss hosts Illinois Congressman Kinzinger to discuss renewable energy technologies

3M awarded contract by Palmetto Health for 3M 360 Encompass System

High-tech hospital room monitors more than entertainment

Patients can order meals, talk to nurses nurses and view X-rays

AAMI releases free wireless information resource

Compilation of articles can help avoid mistakes when introducing wireless technologies into healthcare facilities

Hospital disaster preparation evolves

Emergency preparedness grants fuel activity after Hurricane Sandy and Boston bombings

Contractors have tools to ease health care transition

BIM software and smartphone apps can save time and minimize disruption

Transforming tribal healthcare facilities

Architect designs buildings that serve. represent Native American culture

Floor-care primer: Starting at the bottom

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

Newest member of Erlanger's healthcare team is Xenex's germ-zapping robot

LG partners for new zero-client healthcare solution

NexJ receives grant to advance and accelerate health information exchange in Massachusetts

Digging up surprises at healthcare construction sites

Planning can avoid some problems, flexibility can turn them into positives

High-tech equipment used to reduce infant abductions

Ankle-band transmitters help Virginia hospital staff keep babies safe

Infection prevention techniques that work

Planning, vigilance, isolation, thorough cleaning help hospital keep HAI in check

New Jersey utility helping area hospitals save energy

Upfront funding makes upgrades possible for cash-strapped facilities

Hospital dining room rehab tastes immediate success

Brooklyn Hospital Center's emphasis on fresh and healthy food stations boosts traffic 14 percent

New Oregon facility designed for rural needs

Planning for the Coquille Valley Hospital focused on physician recruitment, patient perception and economic impact.

Eaton's Cooper Lighting division introduces Metalux Encounter series with LED WaveStream technology

Danfoss celebrates 80 years of global innovation

Expert committee to create global property standard

Southwest Microwave announces perimeter defense seminars

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies presenting at IFMA's World Workplace 2013

Foundation awards grant to study hospital patient falls

Researchers will try to identify design elements that may contribute to mishaps.

Massachusetts hospital opens walking trails for visitors, employees

Northern Berkshire Healthcare cleared two paths behind the hospital to encourage a culture of health and wellness.

Survey says: Cleaning industry is cautiously optimistic

P&G Professional poll includes more than 400 cleaning professionals from healthcare, food service, commercial and hospitality sectors.

Take a photo tour of the new Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital

The 184,600-square-foot Tyler, Texas, facility is the region's first cardiac hospital.

Real-time location services can save time and improve care

Cost-effective technologies can help in emergencies situations as well as efficient equipment scheduling.

More signs are not always right direction in wayfinding

Color, texture and simple language can ease patient journey through medical facility.

WattStopper expands lighting control toolbox to better manage energy in high performance buildings

BOMA International releases new healthcare real estate guidebook

ICONICS Announces the 2013 Worldwide Customer Summit

STOKO Professional Skin Care introduces KRESTO Cherry KWIK-WIPES

NY fire district chooses to build station with ICF for energy efficiency and disaster resistance

Planning - and budgeting - for the un-plannable

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.

Whose responsibility is hospital safety?

When it comes to hospital safety, experts say patients should question cleanliness to prevent infections.

With stripmall ERs, convenience has a price

Patients mistaking them for urgent care centers can develop wallet pains.

Wireless body area networks open up health care and consumer possibilities

BANs have transformed patient monitoring and offer opportunities for athletics and person fitness.

Registries helped track infections in health care facilities

Regional patient registries may be useful in tracking the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections between health care facilities.

Bariatric design adjusts to larger patient needs

Facilities look beyond toilets and grab bars to wide doors and comfortable waiting room furniture

Freestanding EDs benefit hospitals' reach and bottom line

Additional "front doors" to care can reduce patient bottlenecks and long wait times.

Pinta Acoustic's Custom Triangle Baffles Provide A Unique Look And Acoustical Control At ESIF

Honeywell introduces Silent Knight Fire/CO detector

Tampa General Medical Group selects Acuity Brands

Siemon enhances fiber product line with low-loss plug-and-play solutions

Bradley's introduces Terreon solid surface undermount basins

Grant helped Alabama hospital realize five-figure annual energy savings

Providence Hospital reduced annual energy consumption by 15% with energy efficient LED fixtures

Staff input informed planning of long-term care facility

Cypress Health Region employees in Saskatchewan took the lead in forming ideas and helping develop replacement-facility design.

Healthcare landscape architecture awards program announced

New competition will focus on landscape architecture in acute care, senior living, and behavioral health facilities.

Infections may be getting two surprise foes

Research suggests that copper surfaces and cold plasma could be weapons against bacteria

Hospitals embrace the intersection of patient outcomes, sustainable design

In the past, patient outcomes and satisfaction may have seemed to be at odds with efficiency and sustainability. But that is changing.

Research suggests access to nature creates healthy results

Better patient outcomes seen in facilities with well-planned and tended landscaping.

Report helps facilities departments speak finance

Report provides healthcare facilities departments with benchmarking tools to help them communicate effectively with finance-focused senior management.

Rain Bird Enhances RWS Root Watering Series For Greater Effectiveness And Easier Installation

New Angle Grinders from Metabo Increase Productivity, Reduce Operator Fatigue

Emerson Network Power Identifies Vital Signs of a Healthy Data Center

Ecophon Gedina Fiberglass Ceiling Panels Bring Exceptional Acoustical Performance to a Broad Range of Applications

Emerson Network Power Outlines Best Practices for Building a More Profitable Colocation Environment

Location may trump numbers for hand rub dispenser effectiveness

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.

Healthcare construction steady, but survey shows some uncertainty

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.

Hospital design can impact care as well as bottom line

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.

HHS says photocopiers should be part of data security review

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 building coalitions to ensure business continuity

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.

Health care reform era furnished by efficiency, durability

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.

Streamlight Introduces High-Output 4AA ProPolymax

Mitsubishi Electric Introduces Diamond System Builder Software

Purchasing Green Just Got Easier

Chicago Faucets Adds New Workboard Faucets, Expanding Line Of Food Service Products

Tornado SWB 26/8 Walk-Behind Battery Sweeper

Paris hospital deploys outdoor wayfinding kiosks

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.

New Jersey legislator pushes medical waste legislation

A New Jersey legislator pushes medical waste legislation after syringes washed up on Island Beach State Park earlier this month.

Mountains offer beautiful backdrop, challenges for hospital project

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 build model hospital

Software simulations help keep projects the right size and ensure that staffing, scheduling and patient volume are considered for efficient operations.

Case study: The role of environmental hygiene in lowering hospital infections

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.

Affordable Care Act spurs rise in hospital system mergers

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.

Enerliance Recognized As Leading Green Company In Orange County 

Armstrong Expands Flexstep Fiberglass Vinyl Sheet Line With New Designs & Colors

NADCA and IAQA Announce New Partnership

Introducing the Collection Line by Laminam by Crossville

Unified Power signs Supportek as Strategic Channel Partner for Critical Power Service Sales

Check out the largest healthcare project in the U.S.

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.

NFPA drops new emergency power requirement

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has dropped a requirement for adding an indicator light on each receptacle on emergency power.

Art donated to enhance patient experience at health center

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.

CBRE Group, Inc. Ranks No. 4 Among All Outsourcing Firms

Hygienic Cleaning Power at an Affordable Price

Watermark Designs Brings The Outdoors In With New Zen Collection of Rock and Stone Faucet Handles

Ecova Joins White House Inspired Green Button Initiative

MaxLite's LED BR Lamps Receive ENERGY STAR Rating

Tips on the Safe Handling of Cleaning Chemicals

Hastings Tile & Bath Debuts New Line Of Vanities And Accessories From Sonia

Lower Energy Costs With Increased Efficiency

Cree Sets Performance Standard with Introduction of Next Generation LED Canopy Series

Chicago-Based Innovative Floral Company is Transforming the Luxury Hospitality Floral Market

Evidence-based design knowledge repository launched

The Center for Health Design has launched an extensive library of more than 2,500 evidence-based designed references.

13th Healthcare Facilities Forum scheduled in Austin

The Healthcare Facilities Forum is an appointment-based event for the healthcare facilities management industry.

Viracon Launches New Corporate Website

Woodtrac Ceiling Systems Receive FSC Chain-Of-Custody Certification

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

Tate Achieves Net Zero Carbon Manufacturing Status For North American Operations

Brooklyn faces threat of hospital closings

A combination of economics and health trends could lead to the closing of a series of large hospitals in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fire barrier management symposium for healthcare engineers announced

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

What Cleaning Pros Should Know About Combustible Dust Explosions

New Video Tutorial on Applying Garland Roof Self-Adhering System

Chicago Faucets Redesigns Website, Adds Product Configurator for Mix-And-Match Components and Savings Calculator

Testing fire alarms is critical part of installation

Testing to ensure newly installed fire alarm systems are working correctly is a critical part of the installation process.

disaster recovery

Boston bombing tests area hospital's disaster response plans

The Boston Marathon bombings tested the disaster response plans of the Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as other local hospitals.

Ultrasound accepted for fire system pipe testing

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.

Faculty announced for MDS Consulting annual Healthcare Leadership Conference

$63 Million in costs avoided by hospital patient safety collaboration

St. Charles Health System, Institute for Healthcare Improvement form strategic partnership

Mitsubishi Electric vertical air handler provides increased static capacity, greater installation flexibility

Trane expanded range of controls enable users to optimize building design and operations

Mass notification systems can aid overall hospital communications

Healthcare organizations are increasingly using mass notification systems, originally intended for emergency situations, for other critical communications.

CONSTRUCT 2013/CSI Annual Convention

CONSTRUCT 2013, sponsored by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will be held Sept. 24-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

3M introduces Glass Cleaner and Protector, Peroxide Cleaner Concentrate

Xenex germ-zapping robot enhancing patient safety at Decatur Memorial Hospital

Housekeeping Solutions magazine announces name change to Facility Cleaning Decisions

BEA introduces new touch-free door activation plate

American Hospital Association honors two federal hospital leaders

Sika Sarnafil opens new West Coast distribution center

Healthcare facilities employ varied tactics for better acoustics, noise control

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.

American Hospital Association (AHA) elects Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., chair-elect designate

Microsoft names Perficient 2013 Healthcare Provider Partner of the Year

HealthLink Dimensions partners with Mosaic Solutions Group

Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center

iVantage names Top 100 Strongest U.S. Hospitals

Free webcast offers cleaning best practices for infection control

"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 improve food service to increase patient satisfaction

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.

Community Health Systems to acquire Health Management Associates

Kindred Healthcare completes $47 million sale of nursing centers

Good Samaritan Hospital rejoins Aetna's network in Los Angeles

API Healthcare expands into behavioral health and rehabilitation centers

Hartford HealthCare System selects Conifer Health Solutions as its communications center

International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) 2013 Annual Conference

The International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) 2013 Annual Conference (formerly the Labs21 Annual Conference) will be held Sept. 23-26 in Minneapolis.

Walgreens rebrands its in-store 'Take Care' clinics as 'Healthcare Clinics'

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.

BJC HealthCare joins Coventry Health Care of Missouri's medicare network

Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services and Istanbul University Hospitals sign collaboration agreement

Molina Healthcare acquires South Carolina assets from Community Health Solutions

Quintiles report of healthcare executives reveals success in new competitive landscape

Vitera Healthcare Solutions ranks No. 1 in Independent EHR satisfaction survey

EPA expands list of Safer Chemical Ingredients for cleaning products

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 offers HealthBuildings Risk Assessment program

Schneider Electric launches new healthcare services designed to help mitigate risk, increase efficiency, extend lifecycle and increase safety at hospitals

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield offers new integrated telehealth service

Sensity Systems delivers world's first Light Sensory Network

Carroll County Memorial Hospital joins Aetna's Hospital Network in Kentucky

Vitera Healthcare Solutions completes acquisition of SuccessEHS

MaxLite introduces ArcMAX Volumetric LED panels

Patient Room 2020 proposes technology savvy hospital room of the future

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.

NY Health Department aims to close hospital damaged by Superstorm Sandy

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.

Medicare's proposed star-rating for hospitals is met with resistance

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

Liaison Healthcare launches lab and radiology partner program

Boston Medical Center chooses OneHealth for patient mobile peer support platform

Brady launches 'Edit This Sign' function for custom sign orders

Black Book survey ranks ChartLogic in list of top 8 replacement EHRs

Georgia hospitals form alliance to improve healthcare delivery in region

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

The Michigan Green Healthcare Committee Annual Conference will be held Sept. 11-12 in Detroit.

GE Capital provides $10M term loan facility to Skylight Healthcare Systems

LDM Group and NextGen Healthcare partner to provide messages to improve medication adherence

Summa Health System receives $4M gift to build hybrid cardiovascular OR

Children's Hospital Los Angeles to host 3rd Annual Symposium on the Meaningful Use of Complex Medical Data

Viega expands MegaPress System offerings for pipe installation

Corbin Russwin introduces Access 800 IP1, intelligent PoE access control solution

Regular HVAC maintenance practices help improve energy efficiency in chillers

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.

Bird-B-Gone Inc. introduces Super Talon Ultra Net Launcher

New nursing school incorporates sustainable strategies in facility design

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

Standard Register Healthcare signs multi-year agreement with Premier Healthcare Alliance

NextGen Healthcare and Availity introduce health plan/physician data sharing program

Molina Healthcare chooses Axis Technology's data masking platform for security

Overlake Medical Center unveils new, state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Center

HCA West Florida to buy three Tampa Bay hospitals from IASIS Healthcare

ASSA ABLOY's HES announces Complete Pac Electric Strike Series

Nemours tops out on Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children expansion

ABB introduces a foundation for an all-compatible drive portfolio

American Hospital Association, McKesson honor four hospitals for quality, safety

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.

Successful plumbing retrofits hinge on specifying best products for job

Perhaps the most daunting challenge in planning plumbing retrofits is specifying the most appropriate products to ensure the upgrade achieves its goals.

Brookdale, a provider of senior living solutions, to partner with HealthStream

ABM Health selected to provide healthcare technology services for Memorial Healthcare System

U.S. News & World Report ranks John Muir Health's Medical Centers among best

API Healthcare research ties staffing to hospital sustainability

FPI Mag Flow Meter delivers high accuracy with new CSA certification

Submetering technology helps facilities pursue greater energy efficiency

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.

Interlogix releases TruVision Navigator 5, latest version of video management software

Stanford Hospital & Clinics ranked one of America's Best Hospitals

LEED for Healthcare aims to help improve health of buildings, patients

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.

Mul-T-Lock to offer CLIQ and ProQsimity Wireless electronic access control solutions

Schneider Electric StruxureWare enhancement enables holistic management of data center infrastructure

Tips for how to dispose of carpet cleaning wastewater

U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington Memorial Hospital among the nation's best hospitals

CareCloud launches next generation of its cloud-based Electronic Health Records

U.S. government grants top $916 million for healthcare disaster preparedness

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.

Cherry Hill, N.J. becomes first city to use Sustainability Dashboard Tools

Measurement and verification can help maintain building efficiency, improve LEED scores

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.

Submission deadline is Aug. 2 for Healthcare Facilities Symposium Distinction Awards

Symposium Distinction Awards recognize design teams, projects and individuals who have made a profound contribution to the healthcare design industry.

Three Philadelphia-area health systems form initiative to meet demands of health reform

Best practices in essential areas can aid managers in specifying facility signage

Maintenance and engineering managers need to address a range of essential areas when selecting signage and sign-making equipment for their departments and facilities.

New Clorox Urine Remover tackles the toughest restroom stains and odors

Green Clinic enhances patient care, empowers enterprise mobility with Dell

Cooper Notification launches industry-first LED high fidelity speaker line

WAC Lighting's Vela Organic LED luminaires win Architectural SSL Product Innovation Award

Samsung taps Doug Ryan to lead health and medical equipment business unit

Uncertain business climate makes strategic facility planning more important than ever

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 states prepare for secure exchange of health records after disasters

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.

MaxLite unveils LED PAR16 lamp for range of commercial applications

Interfaceware to host user conference spotlighting healthcare integration

White House names 11 'Champions' in Public Health, Climate Change

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.

McElroy introduces Spider 125 socket fusion tool

Thermal technology innovator expands solutions to growing smart buildings market

Oppenheimer adds five bankers to Healthcare Investment Banking Team

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania deploys LiveData OR-Dashboard

Seven tips for making facilities more sustainable

The future is bright with Appleton Areamaster energy-efficient, low-maintenance floodlights

Urgent Care of Connecticut awarded Joint Commission accreditation

FacilityDude and MSL Healthcare Consulting form strategic partnership

Symposium to offer tips, best practices for hospital parking operations

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.

Florida hospital closes operating rooms due to infestation of flying ants

A hospital in Pensacola, Fla., was forced to close a suite of operating rooms July 8 because of a sudden infestation of flying ants.

Cooper Lighting joins California Lighting Technology Center

Saint Thomas Health renames member hospitals

Jarrard and Geisinger publish hospital mergers and acquisitions guide

AIA selects 12 projects for National Healthcare Design Awards

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 broke ground on seven medical facilities in five states in June

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.

Schneider Electric introduces cloud-based video surveillance service

Acuity Brands introduces New LED Flush Mount Luminaire from Lithonia Lighting

New 3M Resilient Floor Protection System offers durable, practical protection

Assisted Living Concepts announces completion of acquisition by TPG

Future Facilities and No Limits Software partner for data center seminar

Texas groups launch national pilot to advance patient control over shared medical records

Pest control company Xcluder introduces rodent-proof door sweeps

Hilti introduces PM 4-M Multi Line Laser

E-Book shares six ways to apply ergonomics in design

Channel drains an option for healthcare facilities and ADA compliant showers

Luxe Linear Drains channel drains are ADA compliant and a good option for barrier-free, wheelchair accessible showers.

Construction begins on Grossmont Hospital Heart and Vascular Center

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.

Accenture Smart Buildings Solutions and Thinkeco team to reduce plug-load inefficiencies

Stinger Medical merges with Enovate

AMAG Technology launches Symmetry HD Camera line

Honeywell launches project management, project specification tool

Energy Star upgrades Portfolio Manager in response to benchmarking trends

In July 2013, after several years of work, EPA launched a major retooling and upgrade of the Portfolio Manager tool.

Huntington Memorial Hospital first in California to use CureWrap in NICU

21st Annual Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit

The 21st annual Health Forum and American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit will be held July 25-27 in San Diego.

NFMT Vegas 2013

Building Operating Management's NFMT Vegas 2013 will be held Sept. 17-18 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

EmpRes Healthcare acquires No Place Like Home Senior Care

Molina Healthcare to assume Lovelace Medicaid Contract in New Mexico

Skanska signs contract for hospital renovations in Tennessee

SRA to provide IT services to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

SelecTech becomes vendor partner of Health Care Institute

Acuity Brands enhances Lithonia Lighting D-Series Area LED luminaires with motion sensors

Maintenance managers, engineers name 40 Darn Good Products for 2013

Maintenance Solutions magazine has announced the winners in its annual reader's-choice Darn Good Products Awards.

Restroom design choices can influence people's image of facilities

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.

Washington Hospital launches "WeCare," a comprehensive electronic health record system

Watts Water Technologies cuts ribbon on New Hampshire foundry

WAC Lighting unveils Argos LED track luminaire for architectural applications

One Call Care Management to acquire TechHealth Inc.

PPG launches online glass education center

Meyda Custom Lighting introduces Golden Forge Chandel-Air

2014 Environments for Aging

The Environments for Aging 2014 conference will be held May 3-6 in Anaheim, Calif.

Grounds care activities can have big impact on environment

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.

2013 Transform Symposium - Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

The Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation will present the 2013 Transform symposium Sept. 8-10 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn.

Voting open until July 15 for 2013 Maintenance Solutions Achievement Awards

Voting is currently underway on Facebook for the Maintenance Solutions 2013 Achievement Awards, with a voter deadline of July 15.

MaxLite expands Plug-and-Play LED Lightbars with new color temperatures and sizes

AHA honors hospitals for improving community health

Gentec Inc. joins in developing BACnet technology

Updated FTC Green Guides: What Environmental Services managers need to know

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

MOKON expands temperature range of Iceman LT Series chillers

Distech Controls 50 Series controllers now available

Honeywell launches training program to help contractors assess, manage energy use in commercial buildings

Annual inspection of doors, hardware can aid in facility performance, safety

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.

Toshiba launches downlight with higher lumen outputs

Lithonia Lighting honored for innovative outdoor LED lighting

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

Chicago hospital designs urban campus to meet varied community needs

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.

Sika Sarnafil secures FM Approval for vegetated roofing system

Nuance announces Million Dollar Club Winners: Hospitals saving $1 million or more last year

Telemedicine software provider REACH Health secures $7.4 million in funding

Case study explores how Cooper University Hospital increased insurance collection rates by 25 percent

USGBC's LEED v4 passes member ballot, details to be unveiled at Greenbuild

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.

MaxLite wins two Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards

2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia.

Why Green Seal's GS-51 Laundry Standard will benefit several industries

St. Mary's Healthcare first hospital in Northeastern U.S. to install Mazor Robotics' Renaissance System

Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital automates code blues with Amcom Software

Slidell Memorial Hospital to use MEDHOST's EDIS in new emergency department

RES Software improves IT service delivery for healthcare with enhanced context aware capabilities

South Georgia Medical Center chooses RelayHealth for health information exchange

Walgreens, Johns Hopkins Medicine collaborate to bring clinic to campus

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.

Online video shows benefits of monitoring critical power management systems

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.

Oil-based gel provides nontoxic, green method of deterring pest birds

Health Management Associates Inc. chosen to lease Bert Fish Medical Center

RPLH 22mm & 30mm LED pilot light indicators eliminate false readings

HAI by Leviton announces KNX Gateway

Veeva Systems acquires AdvantageMS healthcare data provider

MaxLite introduces LED post top retrofit lamp for outdoor lighting

New Boston medical research facility to be LEED Gold certified

Construction has begun on Brigham Building for the Future at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Benefits of improved hand dryers increase their popularity, use in facilities

Some of the benefits facility managers see in installing hand dryers include financial savings, green and sustainable capabilities, and improved hygiene.

Strides made in healthcare flooring materials offer greater design options

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

GE Foundation awards $500,000 in grants to two community health centers in Minneapolis

Next Level Urgent Care introduces unique brand of non-emergent healthcare in Houston area

Garland roofing company achieves UL Environment validation

Baldor Electric Company introduces new versatile AC drives and drive selector app

Caddy Pyramid Equipment Supports offers innovative support for rooftop systems

Well-crafted equipment rental contract vital to facilities project management

No matter the equipment in question, facility managers can deliver a successful rental project by ensuring the rental agreement is clear, comprehensive and effective.

Washington Regional Medical System partners with InteliChart

GE Capital provides $89 Million in medical office building financing to MB Real Estate

Evive water fill stations make it easy to be green and clean

Tremco introduces three-level window sealing with T3 Building Solutions

CyberLock releases new features to access control management software

Center for Health Design creates checklist to aid in flooring decisions

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.

Floor care equipment can contribute to LEED certification

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.

Climate, weather conditions factor into roof coatings decisions

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.

Sprint and TigerText to deliver secure messaging solutions for healthcare professionals

Baptist Memorial Health Care to integrate Micromedex from Truven Health Analytics in its EHR systems

HealthPost announces strategic partnership with Next Wave Health

InterSystems named to Healthcare Informatics 100 list of top healthcare IT companies

Insulfoam introduces continuous insulation for combustible decks

Facility managers have resources to help choose green building products

"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.

Aveksa hosts free webinar on healthcare information security best practices

Children's hospital design grows to be more family-friendly, inclusive

The typical decor of a children's hospital, featuring lots of bright colors and geometric shapes, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

Hospitals recognized at the Premier healthcare alliance 2013 Breakthroughs Conference

Bell Hospital signs definitive agreement to be acquired by LifePoint Hospitals

Mayo Clinic opens C. difficile Clinic at Rochester campus

Rhode Island Hospital reduces incidence of hospital-associated C. difficile by 70 percent

Housekeeping Solutions 2013 Reader Survey reveals industry trends

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.

Joint Commission revises certification program decisions to Certified or Not Certified

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.

Architecture Billings Index rebounds in May, reflects increase in demand

Tenet to acquire Vanguard Health Systems for $21 per share in cash

Living in Digital Times to host Digital Health Summit at CE Week New York

Lutron and SAGE collaborate on Total Light Management System

NAPH announces transformation, name change to America's Essential Hospitals

Acadia Healthcare announces agreement to purchase inpatient psychiatric facility in Florida

Acuity Brands wins 2013 Solid-State Lighting Awards

EXCLUSIVE: Guided by Technology

Digital wayfinding improves hospital navigation, patient experience

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.

Posts Part: 2 Hospital digital wayfinding can be tool for patient engagement

Posts Part: 3 Facilities team helps maintain the human connection in digital wayfinding

Healthcare Management Systems' EHR v12 receives EHR ONC-ACB Certification by Drummond Group

U.S. HealthWorks acquires assets of seven OHS-Compcare locations

Walker & Dunlop provides $415M in financing for healthcare properties in 2012

Butler Manufacturing introduces three high-efficiency wall systems

Betco Corp. announces new SmartValve Adapter additions to Smart Restroom System

RFID in Health Care Conference and Exhibition

RFID in Health Care conference and exhibition, presented by RFID Journal, will be held Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Maximize efficiency with best practices for overcoming common cooling tower issues

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.

Facility managers play important role in successful green design projects

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.

Carolinas HealthCare System and American Medical Depot receive national award

Vitera Healthcare Solutions announces acquisition of SuccessEHS

New Powr-Flite Comfort Pro backpack vacuum earns approval from Carpet and Rug Institute

Firestone honors roofing firms with 2013 Master Contractor Awards

Zurn introduces online tool to help configure plumbing systems

EYE Lighting introduces Aphos LED luminaires

Changing environment prompts idea for professional water certification for facility managers

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.

Free webcast prepares managers for surprise inspections in healthcare facilities

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.

Report: U.S. children's hospitals prepared for healthcare reform

NextGen Healthcare adopting EHR Developer Code of Conduct

Summit Technology introduces iPad power monitoring app for PowerSight meters

Watermark Designs introduces independent side sprays for multiple configurations

Soraa Vivid LED MR16 Lamp receives Red Dot Award

U.S. retail health clinics expected to double by 2015, report says

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.

Tips for choosing the right drain-cleaning equipment for the job

The task of keeping drains, piping and plumbing systems open and flowing in institutional and commercial facilities is challenging and unending.

COBie can be effective tool to aid FMs in asset management, operations

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.

Vitera Healthcare Solutions releases Vitera Medical Manager EHR

Sika Sarnafil roofing membranes achieve NSF Sustainability Platinum rating

SECO-LARM has introduced new ENFORCER Long-Range Barrier Sensors

Standard Register establishes Healthcare Center of Excellence in Atlanta

New BACnet standard published with significant improvements to alarm handling

Webinar targets best practices for network infrastructure in healthcare facilities

The one-hour session, "A Healthy Infrastructure: Intelligent Enterprise Solutions for the Healthcare Environment" will be broadcast June 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Bloomberg wants NYC hospital construction to meet new standards

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wants hospital construction in flood-prone areas to meet new standards for extreme weather.

Expert: Healthcare facilities can adopt update of Life Safety Code without hardship

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.

Chicago's Swedish Covenant Hospital selects eClinicalWorks EHR and RCM

Aegis Health Group launches online population health portal: OneCommunity

Health Management Associates Inc. signs letter of intent to lease Munroe Regional Medical Center

Acuity Brands acquires eldoLED

Research and Markets adds new U.S. healthcare report to its offerings

Free webinars offer insight into healthcare design trends, technologies

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.

Provider-led data alliance launched to develop, share pioneering population health solutions

Virtual training hospital opens at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

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.

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care selects Jiva, ZeOmega's care management software

Inaugural Healthcare Design Academy to be held in Dallas

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

New LC8 modular contractor panel provides versatility for lighting control applications

Five high-performing hospitals receive national award for safe, efficient and effective healthcare

Technical systems, occupant behavior both play roles in fire, life safety planning

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

MaxLite LED Recessed Downlight Retrofits receive ENERGY STAR rating

Eclipse Model 706 Transmitter advances guided wave radar technology

Zurn completes next generation technology: ZTR Sensor Flush Valve Suite for urinals

Work-from-home debate elevates importance of overall workplace strategy

Needs of baby boomers drive some healthcare facility design trends

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.

Site analysis aids in selection of disaster-resilient location for critical facility

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.

Customizable furniture system makes healthcare waiting rooms more comfortable

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.

Brady introduces new training video, "Lockout/Tagout: Global Best Practice Training"

Kolbe introduces new 4500 Series windows and doors for commercial buildings

Several Crown Mats and Matting products now certified by the National Floor Safety Institute

CBRE Group Inc. captures top honors in Fortune and Lipsey surveys

Assessment of roof condition aids in decision to repair or replace

Performing a roof-condition assessment can be beneficial when deciding whether to install a new roof or repair an existing roof.

Hurricane Sandy prompts new considerations for data center resiliency

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.

New design guide aids VA hospital planning and construction

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.

New Hope Lodge casita at Village at Mayo Clinic to open in August

Hilti introduces the AG 500-A18 Cordless Cut-Off Tool

Pall Corp. latest addition to filter line offers protection against waterborne pathogens

New Cree LED bulb breaks $10 price barrier

Healthcare facilities should review disaster readiness; create master plan

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.

BIM and COBie can help make the most of CMMS systems

Increasingly, managers are seeking ways to take advantage of emerging technology tools to enhance the power of their computerized maintenance management systems.

Facility managers can take steps to ensure proper floor installation

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.

Graybar opens three new locations to increase customer support

MaxLite adds wide open optics to LED flood and area lights

Mayo Clinic planning major Sports Medicine Center expansion

Commercial payors lag behind Medicare in offering ACOs shared savings agreements

Ocean Beach Hospital selects Healthland for EHR solution

Factors to consider when modernizing a healthcare facility

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.

Product declarations move into social justice issues

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.

How to create an accurate payback calculator for a water system upgrade

Because water system upgrades are typically expensive, the payback for performing them needs to make financial sense.

Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) Boston Chapter to host healthcare forum

LiveData OR-Dashboard deployed in new operating rooms at Miami VA Healthcare System

Southpoint Surgery Center selects ProVation Medical Software for electronic health records

Pikeville Medical Center in Kentucky joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Collaborative environments in healthcare facilities spell operational success

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.

Architecture Billings Index reverts into negative territory for first time in 9 months

Hospital still closed after Hurricane Sandy

Extensive unanticipated facility repairs continue at Long Beach Medical Center, which closed after Hurricane Sandy flooded it in October.

U.S. Products suggests using carpet colors to manage moods

MaxLite introduces LED RKT Series Recessed Troffer Retrofit Kit and LED RKL Strips

Use of building analytics likely to grow in the Middle East and U.S.

ASHE endorses commissioning practices for better healthcare facility efficiency

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.

EPA proposes rules to protect Americans from exposure to formaldehyde in wood products

Chilled beam can increase capacity, decrease power draw

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.

Smartphone use by contractors on the jobsite jumps 35 percent in 2012

IMS opens new surgical device repair facility in Alabama

Unisource Worldwide featuring integrated cleaning and measurement solutions at 2013 APIC Annual Conference

New AHA report on hospital mergers, acquisitions shows benefit to patients, communities

Balfour Beatty, McCarthy tops out on design-build medical center at Fort Hood

White paper cites advantages of spray foam insulation in hurricane prone regions

Thoughtful design can aid infection prevention in healthcare facilities

From hand hygiene solutions to appropriate specified surfaces that block pathogen transmission, healthcare interiors make up a complex part of the infection control puzzle.

Consider all factors when making decision to replace building chiller

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.

Carpet longevity in facilities depends on proper extraction methods

While carpet extraction might seem like a straightforward process, doing it improperly can actually make the carpet dirtier faster.

Magnetrol publishes Heat Rate Reduction Kit to help control energy efficiency

HIT industry experts offer planning services to help hospitals select patient portal

AAF International introduces MEGApleat M8 premium pleated filter

CertainTeed introduces next generation Apollo II solar roofing system

ZIP Economizer puts facilities back on track for energy savings

Tips for choosing the right standard protocol for building automation needs

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.

LED lighting gains popularity as versatile option for healthcare facilities

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.

Matting standard helps cut down slip, trip and fall hazard at facilities

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.

Vitera Healthcare Solutions completes first wave of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

New Lutron LIFT technology expands the market for automated shading solutions in commercial buildings

AAMSCO now offers Mirror-Lux ADA angled mirror with energy efficient LED

Hospitals invest in systems to encourage hand hygiene, prevent infection

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.

GE Healthcare announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of new Brivo Plus C-arm for the U.S.

NFPA sprinkler system maintenance standard gets a revamp for 2014 edition

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.

Tarkett introduces new I.D. Inspiration Commercial High Performance Resilient Plank

GAF garden roof project wins RoofPoint Excellence in Design Award

Thermoelectric air conditioner delivers continuous cooling regardless of power supply

MaxLite introduces dimmable Omnidirectional A19 LED Lamps

Cree introduces new AR Series LED Architectural troffers

New study shows soap, ointment reduce infections in hospital ICU patients

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.

Experts shed light on best practices for LED lighting applications

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.

NFPA, OSHA work to reduce confusion over hazard labeling

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.

Scaffolding safety: Tips, tricks and things to consider

SynergEx Panelboards from Cooper Crouse-Hinds offer simple, safe installation

Current Technology Select Surge Protection Devices feature selenium-enhanced protection

Airolite offers vertical blade Miami-Dade qualified wind-driven rain louver

Deb GrittyFOAM named New Product of the Year by Swish Maintenance Limited

Expert offers tips for choosing electronic key management systems

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.

Changes in paints, coatings offer opportunities for facility managers

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.

Study finds bacteria on hospital towels can survive laundering

Viable bacteria on hospital towels used for cleaning patient rooms can survive the laundering process, according to study.

EPCO adds T8 RetroFit Conversion Kit parts for use with linear LED engines

Parex introduces cooler and stronger EIFS basecoats and adhesives

Acuity Brands expands LED ceiling light family with new lumen packages

ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. fleet zooms in size with purchase of 66 new Link-Belt cranes

Six designers from D.C. named Mannington Design Local Champions

Kaiser Permanente aims for LEED Gold in all new hospital construction

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.

Case study: Zone defense fire detection strategy preserves peace at hospital

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.

RCMA partners with DSIRE to create tax incentive database for reflective roofs

Creative Systems Lighting debuts new workspace LED lighting line

GAF announces comparison tool for energy cost savings of different roofing systems

MaxLite introduces second generation Element LED Flood Lights

ASHRAE expands its building energy labeling program

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.

ABM Parking Services announces mobile apps, consumer website

Combustible gas detector provides rapid response to dangerous leaks

Hospitals must carefully site and protect emergency power supply systems

Hardening emergency power supply systems against all the likely threats they might face is imperative in safeguarding power to critical facilities such as hospitals.

Trojan Battery receives Frost & Sullivan 2013 Innovative Enterprise Award

Mannington expands Amtico Collection with 78 new LVT products

Johnson Controls launches chiller solutions with advanced solar technology

Acuity Brands delivers cost-effective options for general-purpose ambient LED lighting

Legrand expands line of Wiremold Plug-in Outlet Centers

Patient participation in gardening at hospitals can improve health outcomes

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.

Submissions sought for healthcare design renovation competition

Healthcare Design magazine, in partnership with The Center for Health Design, is seeking submissions for its 2013 Remodel/Renovation competition.

Hospital moving to Meaningful Use Stage 2 and beyond with Medseek

Cooper Lighting launches Sure-Lites PathLinx LED emergency lighting line

Training offered on efficient lighting in facilities for energy savings

The Energy Center of Wisconsin will offer the program, "Efficient facility lighting for energy savings and productivity," June 4 and 5.

Touchless soap, towel dispensers can help stop spread of noroviruses

Free education program offered on energy efficiency in healthcare facilities

The Energy Center of Wisconsin will offer a free program specifically discussing energy efficiency in healthcare facilities June 27 in Madison, Wis.

Behavioral health unit design provides for all adult patients, young and old

As demographics shift, hospitals are faced with having to provide for multiple patient populations in the same space.

Submission deadline extended for facility management awards

Maintenance Solutions magazine Achievement Awards honor the accomplishments of facility management professionals in the areas of maintenance, engineering and grounds management.

2013 Fall IDN Summit

The 2013 Fall IDN Summit and Reverse Expo will be held Sept. 24-26 in Phoenix.

HSCA 2013 Expo

The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) will hold its 2013 Expo Oct. 21-23 in Washington, D.C.

BIM/VDC made a complex MEP installation possible at Lurie Children's Hospital

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.

AHIMA 2013 Convention and Exhibit

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2013 Convention and Exhibit will be held Oct. 28-30 in Atlanta.

AHRMM 2013 Annual Conference and Expo

The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition July 28-31 in San Diego, Calif.

Case study: Hospital HVAC system doesn't scrimp on comfort, quality or savings

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.

APIC 2013 Annual Conference

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference June 8-10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Kaiser Permanente opens new hospital in Southern California

The Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center opened its doors in Fontana, Calif. on May 7.

Deadline approaching for submissions to 2013 AIA healthcare design journal

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.

"HazCom for Healthcare" training DVD explains new OSHA standard

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.

Healthy Facilities, Floor Safety institutes partner to prevent slips and falls

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.

In hospital nurse station design, form should follow function

Whenever a redesign or new installation will include nurse stations, improving the function of the nurse station should be the primary design consideration.

Hospital expansion focuses on the future with a design for growth

Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, in Dover, Del., recently expanded the institution with decades of well-planned growth in mind.

Rubber flooring has a neutral palette to complement any finish

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.

New tools aid hospital environmental services in infection prevention

More cleaning product manufacturers are increasing their offerings of training and monitoring services to help hospital EVS teams meet the demands related to HAIs.

Evolution of care drives activity in the healthcare real estate sector

The continued evolution of the healthcare market is expected to bring increased focus on personalized care in smaller healthcare facilities.

ASLA 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo will take place Nov. 15-18 in Boston.

Free webinar to discuss energy benchmarking in healthcare facilities

Healthcare Facilities Today will host the free webinar "Healthcare Facility Benchmarking: How to Get Started" at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 21.

Holistic design approach to hospital wayfinding helps build brand

Hospitals have come to realize that good wayfinding not only reduces patient and visitor frustration, but also helps build the institution's brand.

Careful planning, design can have big impact on healthcare facility operations

Planning and design have tremendous impact on a facility's overall operational efficiency and ROI, not to mention occupant comfort, sustainability and more.

Emergency department layouts may require changes to meet new standards

New standards from the Joint Commission will require hospitals to enhance patient flow through the emergency department by January 2014.

Bedpan washer can operate on 1.28 gallons per flush

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.

Texas children's hospital reinvents NICU ward with new facility design

Many factors were considered and tested when Cook Children's Medical Center in Texas decided to expand and reinvent its renowned NICU facilities.

2013 Critical Facilities Summit

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.

Hospital emergency department redesigned for better efficiency

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.

Focus on outpatient, team-based cancer care reshapes treatment facility design

The cancer care landscape is ever-evolving thanks to a myriad of factors, most notably, a focus on team-based, outpatient treatment plans.

Healthcare Smart Water Leadership Summit to be accessible via streaming

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 systems manual guideline open for public comment

ASHRAE guideline on how to create a facility systems manual is open for public comment through June 2, 2013.

Healthcare can learn from Harvard's efforts to cut foodservice energy costs

The healthcare foodservice sector can learn some valuable lessons from an energy reduction initiative at Harvard University.

Healthier Hospitals Initiative to host info session on its challenge programs

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.

Wireless access technology uniquely benefits long-term care facilities

Replacing physical keys with wireless access-control systems in long-term care facilities has many benefits for both residents and care providers.

2013 Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Annual Convention

The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) will hold its annual convention June 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

Perception of hospital cleanliness can impact patient satisfaction

Cleanliness delivered by a pleasant environmental services staff can help promote satisfaction among consumers and distinguish a hospital from its competition.

Healthcare textiles improve performance through high-tech finishes

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.

Hospitals set tone for patient experience through lobby design

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.

Stanford University Medical Center breaks ground for new hospital

The official groundbreaking for the new Stanford Hospital took place May 1 in Palo Alto, Calif.

Book highlights advantages of using BIM in facilities management

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) recently published a new book, "BIM for Facility Managers."

Children's hospital focuses on patient-centered design in every detail

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.

Case Study: Green roof provides instant gratification for Washington hospital

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 pledge to serve healthier, more sustainable foods

Hospitals nationwide are making strides to serve healthier, more sustainable foods — with a sometimes unexpected benefit to the bottom line.

Hospital-grade USB charger has tamper-resistant receptacle

Legrand's Pass & Seymour Hospital Grade USB Charger with tamper-resistant receptacle is available in 15A and 20A, 125V versions.

2013 NFPA annual Conference & Expo

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will hold its annual Conference & Expo June 10-13 in Chicago.

Boston Marathon bombings shine spotlight on hospital emergency preparedness

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 wins national awards for environmental practices

Kaiser Permanente has received 29 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards for 2013.

Bedbug encounters are on the rise in hospitals, nursing homes

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.

Case study: Brattleboro Retreat's new windows offer more than a view

Wausau 4000i-DT Series windows improve patient safety while preserving the historic styling of the Brattleboro Retreat Children's Inpatient Program building.

Case study: Tailored elevator system keeps hospital traffic flowing smoothly

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.

ASHE offers course on fundamentals of healthcare facility management

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) offers a seminar for new or aspiring healthcare facility managers.

Workshop addresses unique concerns in healthcare construction

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is offering Healthcare Construction Certificate (HCC) workshops throughout the year at various locations nationwide.

ASHE recognizes hospitals nationwide for cutting energy consumption

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.

AIA webinar will discuss hybrid operating room designs

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.

Tunable LED luminaires will mimic natural changes in sunlight patterns

Acuity Brands to market tunable LED luminaires that better mimic natural sunlight.

Harvard offers weeklong course on safety issues in laboratory design

The Harvard School of Public Health is offering a weeklong course on health and safety issues in laboratory design May 6-10 in Boston.

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital embraces community with design for all

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.

2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition

The 2013 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition will be held June 20-22 in Denver.

Survey: Patient safety and financial stability top concerns for hospital executives

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.

Hospital hosts Brian Eno art installation to help patients heal

A hospital in Hove, England, is hosting two art installations by Brian Eno designed to relax patients.

ASU student health services renovation updates facility, better ties it to campus

The renovation of the health services facility at Arizona State University focused on efficiency and the environment.

2013 ASHRAE Annual Conference

The 2013 Annual Conference for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will be held June 22-26 in Denver.

Laboratory exhaust fan features mixed flow wheel, high plume discharge

Greenheck's Vektor-MH mixed flow, high plume laboratory exhaust fan features a mixed flow wheel and high plume discharge.

2013 American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition

The 2013 American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition (AIHce) will be held May 18-23 in Montreal, Canada.

Feds form new advisory Health IT workgroup to safeguard patient safety

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.

Survey: Hospital spending on facilities, IT likely to increase over next 5 years

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.

Washington medical center earns first LEED for Healthcare certification

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.

New Joplin hospital chooses brick construction for tornado resistance

Mercy Hospital Joplin will use clay brick exteriors, known for their tornado-resistant attributes, in the construction of the new hospital.

2013 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management 2013 Annual Conference & Expo will be held May 5-8 in San Diego, Calif.

Free webinar series offered on healthcare interior design trends

A one-day series of three free webinars dedicated to interior design in healthcare facilities will be held April 25.

Mobile medical devices may pose infection threat in healthcare facilities

Improperly disinfected mobile medical equipment may be inadvertently increasing the spread of healthcare-associated infections.

New hardware options make windows accessible to those with disabilities

Wausau Window and Wall Systems has introduced hardware options for its INvent Series of windows that make them more accessible to people with disabilities.

2013 Healthcare Design Conference

The 2013 Healthcare Design Conference will be held Nov. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.

Redundant data facilities important for hospitals, regardless of size, budget

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.

Touchscreen panel PC can be used as kiosk in healthcare facilities

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.

Hospital plans to profit from recycling packaging used for surgical equipment

Massachusetts General Hospital is starting a pilot program to recycle and sell blue wrap used in operating rooms to package surgical equipment.

Design of assisted living facilities shifts to meet boomer tastes, needs

Design trends in assisted living facilities are evolving to blend home and hospitality finishes and amenities while using evidence-based design to refine strategies.

Medical center takes big energy efficiency step with lighting retrofit

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.

50th ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition

ASHE Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition, held July 21-24 in Atlanta, is considered one of the most trusted industry events for healthcare facility managers.

2013 AHA Annual Membership Meeting

The 2013 American Hospital Association (AHA) Membership Meeting will take place April 28 - May 1 in Washington, D.C.

NICU bedside cameras keep parents connected, improve communication

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.

Faucet system is designed to aid infection control

A hands-free automatic faucet system is now available to address infection control needs in environments such as healthcare facilities.

New finish for metal surfaces is designed to inhibit bacteria growth

A new antimicrobial protection finish for both interior and exterior high-touch metal surfaces is designed to inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Copper surfaces found to cut down on healthcare-acquired infections

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.

Building envelopes are evolving to meet ever-stricter energy demands

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.

Webcast to examine increasing mergers and acquisitions in healthcare

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.

Effects of climate change may pose business risk for healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities need resiliency in design and operations to be prepared for extreme weather.

Surveillance system hybrids can stretch healthcare facility security dollars

Hybrid video surveillance systems capture the benefit of IP while mitigating the cost.

ASHRAE publishes second edition to HVAC manual for healthcare facilities

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published a second edition of its "HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics."

Can design and operations aid better hand hygiene in healthcare facilities?

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.

EPA announces changes to Design for Environment program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced several changes to its Design for the Environment Program (DfE) for labeling cleaning products.

Hospitals could slash energy use through careful equipment purchasing

Advances in the energy efficiency of medical equipment can significantly cut plug loads in hospitals, and should be factored into purchasing decisions.

Healthcare provider workstations available in wall-mount and AC-powered models

Midmark Corporation's line of Care Exchange Workstations includes new wall mounted and AC powered options.

Joint Commission revamps Long Term Care Accreditation program, offers new certification

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 expand services to treat chronic illnesses

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.

Joint Commission offers Primary Care Medical Home certification to hospitals

The Joint Commission now offers Voluntary Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification for hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Complying with CoPs has implications for hospital security staff

Several of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation come to bear on security department actions and policies.

Center for Health Design offers series of design trend workshops

The Center for Health Design is offering a series of four workshops on strategic design trends in healthcare.

Joint Commission Emergency Preparedness Conference 2013

The 9th Annual Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources Emergency Preparedness Conference will take place May 1 and 2 in Las Vegas.

Workstation uses UV lamp to decontaminate work area

Erlab's CaptairBio PCR Workstation helps prevent sample contamination between PCR operations.

Report offers tips for increasing healthcare market share with new locations

A recent report offers advice to healthcare providers seeking to expand services outside the hospital campus.

OSHA fines medical practice for failure to protect against bloodborne pathogens

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.

Healthcare flooring can help facilitate patient rehabilitation

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

Open, indoor water features could be prohibited in new healthcare facilities due to risks associated with waterborne pathogens.

Behavioral healthcare sector sees increase in construction, renovation

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 offers webinar on risks of flame retardants

Practice Greenhealth will host a webinar on flame retardants on April 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

Case study: New HDTVs meet nursing home needs

The Berkley East Convalescent Hospital purchased 100 Panasonic 32-inch TH-32LRH30U LCD patient room displays, after testing models from three different manufacturers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AHE Exchange 2013

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Training webinar offered on HIPAA risk analysis

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2013 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

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.

Free webcast addresses preventing the spread of C. diff infections will host the free webcast "Preventing the Spread of C. diff" March 6 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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

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.

Healthcare construction market trends streamline design

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

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.

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.

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.

NeoCon 2013

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

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.

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.

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

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

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.

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.

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).

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.

The Patient Experience through HIT Forum

Environments for Aging Conference

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.

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.

NFMT 2013

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Sourcing non-toxic materials for healthcare is design challenge

One of the challenges designers face is finding non-chemical building materials to create healthier interiors in healthcare facilities.

Smoke purge systems not required in windowless hospital operating rooms

Smoke purge systems are not required in windowless anesthetizing locations by the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code.

All-in-one Advocate Lavatory System wins awards

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 sector to lead construction growth in 2013, 2014

Healthcare is expected to be the strongest institutional sector for construction growth with a projected 4.4 percent increase in 2013.

Efficacy of hand hygiene products is subject of new ASTM antimicrobial standard

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.

2013 BOMA International Medical Office Buildings + Healthcare Facilities Conference

Hospitals see customer base expand via domestic medical tourism

American healthcare consumers are shopping medical facilities with ever increasing frequency to get the best deal for their procedures.

Sustainable hospitals could save $15 billion over 10 years, study says

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.

EPA issues request for information on lead paint in commercial buildings

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).

Proposed ASHRAE standard on legionellosis prevention open for comment

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.

North Dakota oil boom taking toll on regional healthcare facilities

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.

EPA: Hospitals use most water, but are not among top facilities tracking use

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.

NYC building code restricts interior finish options in healthcare

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.

Life safety code altered to allow limited items in healthcare corridors

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.

Healthcare iPad app focuses on Lean management practices

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.

Hospitals seek new products, ideas to prevent pressure ulcers

Some new products may come to the aid of hospitals looking for ways to reduce the occurrences of healthcare-acquired infections and related issues.

Hospital shares mission through patient experience design

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.

Water conservation could mean big savings for healthcare facilities

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.

Expert suggests healthcare emergency power best practices

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.

New children's hospitals showcase family-centric design

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.

Debate continues over ROI of sustainable practices in healthcare

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?

University of Chicago unveils new hospital

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 HVAC maintenance key to IAQ in healthcare facilities

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.

Hospital reduces HAIs with disinfecting robots

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 to open new health care center in Washington, D.C.

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.

California's North Bay area sees spike in healthcare construction

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.

Illinois hospital benefits from HVAC efficiency upgrade

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.

FCC launches $400M healthcare broadband fund

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.

Healthcare sustainability efforts expand beyond hospital walls

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.

AIA and NIBS launch website to aid evidence-based design efforts

Proponents of evidenced-based design in healthcare facilities just got a new tool to aid in their mission.

AIA introduces energy modeling guide

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.

Data center safety regulations may face OSHA scrutiny

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 bacteria challenges hospital cleaning protocols

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.

Healthcare design teams could benefit from patient advocate on staff

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.

Emergency departments for the elderly offer the comforts of home

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.

Prison healthcare facility taking shape in California

Construction continues on schedule for the nearly $1-billion California Health Care Facility in Stockton, Calif. 

Hospitals reap benefits of automated visitor management

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.

Hospital sustainability more achievable with new green strategies

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.

Feds hold healthcare providers accountable for electronic HIPAA breaches

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.

Hospital uses video monitoring to increase security, cut costs

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.

Tips for how healthcare facility doors can aid HIPAA compliance

Campus Security magazine offers some tips for ensuring healthcare facility doors are up to the job of appropriately securing patient health records. 

Cancer center renovation improves patients' quality of life

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.

Hospital joins CDC study to test UV disinfection

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. 

Construction begins on Tacoma Hilltop Health Center

According to The News Tribune, construction has begun on the new Community Health Care Hilltop Health Center in Tacoma, Wash.

Flooring in healthcare facilities examined in design report

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.


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