Trending News - March 2016

Elizabethkingia outbreak spreads from Wisconsin to Michigan

Rare and potentially deadly blood infection continues to spread throughout the Midwest

3/31/2016


Solar-powered sterilization box facility allows for safer surgeries in developing countries

Solar-powered facility helps sterilize medical tools for reuse

3/31/2016


Healthcare facility uses pets to help stressed-out clinicians

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago offers animal therapy sessions

3/31/2016


15 safety violations cited at VA hospital

OSHA cites healthcare facility in Little Rock for multiple hazards

3/31/2016


Hospitals are prepared for events like Brussels bombings

Concerns over budget cuts are still a security concern

3/30/2016


Creating environments for the chronically ill

Health systems are experimenting with cost-effective, short-stay settings to treat and stabilize 'frequent flyer' patients, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/30/2016


Health system partners with Uber to transport patients

MedStar Health uses Uber to help patients get to and from their medical appointments safely

3/30/2016


Elizabethkingia death toll rises to 17 in Wisconsin

Geographic distribution of the cases makes no logical sense and tap water in Wisconsin turns up negative for the bacteria

3/29/2016


Survey shows outpatient construction doubled

Construction projects to address population health doubled across most categories

3/29/2016


Hospitals seeing need to improve their physical environment

There has been a growing emphasis on creating environments that enhance staff experience

3/28/2016


New emergency facility planned for downtown Toledo

New 29,000-square-foot facility will expand surgical services

3/24/2016


Illinois hospital project hits roadblock

Refusal of expansion plan hurts proposed Franciscan St. James Health restructuring

3/24/2016


Improving the patient discharge process

The University Health System in San Antonio opened a transitional care center that serves those who’ve been discharged but aren’t able to immediately walk out the door, as well as patients waiting for a bed, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/23/2016


Power cut off for hospital in Puerto Rico that owes $4 million

Utility said it waited for surgeries to end before pulling the plug

3/22/2016


Va. move to allow nursing home cameras delayed

Original bill changed guidelines for voluntary regulations

3/22/2016


Florida outpatient center designed with Lean principles

Lee Memorial Health System builds its first Lean-designed facility

3/22/2016


Healthcare industry needs new building types

Emerging building types need to integrate services into unique market offerings, creating multispecialty programs that share identity, staff, and equipment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/22/2016


Healthcare construction growth led by MOBs

Medical office building square footage expected to nearly double in 2016

3/21/2016


Nevada healthcare project worked to engage surrounding city

The Union Village project in Henderson, Nev., built relationships with its local community while building its facilities, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/21/2016


Hospitals changing ERs to meet demand for routine care

Some hospitals are trying to make the ER experience more convenient for patients

3/18/2016


Dominican Republic cardiovascular center designed around tree theme

Each floor abstracted the colors of the trees in different seasons. The palette goes from earthly tones to bright and vivid with a distinctive color as part of the wayfinding system, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website.

3/18/2016


Sacramento healthcare facility loses backup power due to flooding

Sutter Medical Center’s main hospital was forced to postpone or relocate 50 surgeries

3/18/2016


What is Elizabethkingia, the rare bacterial infection spreading in Wisconsin?

It is believed to be spread by a procedure, device or fluid in a healthcare setting

3/17/2016


Charlotte VA Health Care Center designed for one-stop care

New facility is a $104 million, five-story brick-and-glass structure

3/17/2016


Renovated space in Connecticut designed for streamlined care

Stamford Hospital's new outpatient medical building includes several new concepts to increase efficiency

3/17/2016


Throwback photo of hospital ship

The USS Repose and USS Sanctuary provided care during the war in Vietnam.

3/16/2016


Rain blamed as cost of Austin hospital rises

Price tag for new teaching hospital hits $310 million

3/15/2016


NFMT session to address 'Infection Control: Expecting the Unexpected'

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/15/2016


Modernizing healthcare facility management

As devices become more connected and building systems more advanced, the facility manager's role will evolve

3/15/2016


Changes to ICC building and fire codes

Code changes were developed for both the IBC and the IFC, and many passed for the 2015 versions

3/15/2016


Facility management leaders discuss the next generation

More than half of today’s facility managers are expected to retire in the next five to 15 years

3/14/2016


South Dakota hospital to lose Medicare funding over safety issues

Issues include broken sterilizing equipment and reports of a woman giving birth to a premature baby on a bathroom floor

3/14/2016


'Five-star' hospital planned in Dubai

Luxury services offered by the hospital will include fine dining and spa treatments

3/11/2016


Freestanding EDs growing in popularity

These facilities are generally built away from existing emergency services with regulatory and code requirements that may allow for less costly staffing models, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/11/2016


NFMT session to address compliance training of hospital employees for infection control

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/11/2016


2016 Vista Award winners announced

ASHE honors new construction, renovation and infrastructure projects

3/11/2016


Wisconsin health officials search for source of deadly infections

Elizabethkingia anophelis has been linked to 18 deaths and 44 cases of infection in southern part of state

3/10/2016


Facility renovation focuses on healthy living

Watertown Regional Medical Center's 36,000-square-foot addition includes a renovated kitchen and dining area called Harvest Market Kitchen and Bistro

3/10/2016


NFMT event to include a panel for young professionals

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/10/2016


Designing a medical school to serve a changing industry

One goal is to keep it small and have very personalized approaches to students

3/10/2016


Southern California hospitals releasing CRE into municipal sewers

Environmental Protection Agency discovered carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in a treatment plant

3/9/2016


NICU adds parent resource library

Connecticut Children's Medical Center's NICU library is located next to the department and provides books and other informational materials to patients' families, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/9/2016


Disposing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals

Healthcare facilities should evaluate the best management practices for regulated facilities

3/9/2016


NFMT event to include women in facilities management roundtable discussion

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/9/2016


New prototype to address ER overcrowding

Neighbors Emergency Center rethinking traditional layouts and processes

3/9/2016


Some fear free-standing emergency rooms are being confused with urgent care facilities

Free-standing emergency departments are a growing trend in Central Ohio

3/8/2016


Joint and spine center boasts comforts of home

Christ Hospital facility's patient rooms feature entertainment systems

3/8/2016


NFMT session to explore a BIM lifecycle case study on Carolinas HealthCare System facilities

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/8/2016


StoneSprings Hospital Center pared down to maximize efficiency

The project team looked for opportunities to maximize efficiency, improve departmental adjacencies and enhance internal circulation, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/8/2016


NFMT session to address 'Infection Control: Expecting the Unexpected'

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/7/2016


Continuing care facilities offer range of options

Hybrid facilities offer independent living apartments, assisted-living support, home care, a nursing home and often specialized memory care

3/4/2016


California hospital to lay off 96 employees

Layoffs will include security, food service and housekeeping

3/3/2016


NFMT session to address compliance training of hospital employees for infection control

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/3/2016


Flint's water never tested for Legionella

CDC advised against testing the municipal water system, focusing instead on testing buildings

3/2/2016


Lessening ED stress with design

The Cleveland Clinic has been working to create a unified identity for its facilities with environments that help to lessen stress and anxiety, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website

3/2/2016


NFMT event to include a panel for young professionals

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/2/2016


Medical school uses renovated space in Cleveland Clinic hospital

$14.4 million project included classrooms, laboratories, a learning resources center, a clinical training and assessment center and simulated exam rooms

3/2/2016


Industry leaders say durability and flexibility key for hospital infrastructure

The Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure (AHI) established five teams to identify strategies for achieving those goals

3/1/2016


NFMT event to include women in facilities management roundtable discussion

The 2016 National Facilities Management & Technology event offers three full days of education, speakers, networking with peers, and a giant expo hall. All for free.

3/1/2016



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