Industry 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


Illinois hospital project hits roadblock

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

3/24/2016


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


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


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


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


Throwback photo of hospital ship

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

3/16/2016


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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