Maintenance and Operations - November 2013

Tips for ergonomic electronic medical records work environments

In the rush to accommodate electronic health records, facilities may be creating unnecessary risks to staff


Tennesee health system to outsource all food and housekeeping services

The shift is expected to save the hospital about $3 million in both material and personnel costs


Middle East conference explores healthcare facility design

Event brought together design and health professionals and experts from around the world to explore how the design of urban and healthcare infrastructure can support health, well-being and quality of life


China's medical waste piling up

Poor management and substandard facilities blamed for problems


Healthcare facility assessments offer a guide to the future

Administrators have limited capital to invest in facilities, yet they face seemingly limitless requests for improvements


Medical apps may mean fewer doctor visits

There might not be a need for a receptionist in the doctor's office, or doctors may transition from standard offices to timeshare suites


Alabama hospital replaces beds for patient comfort, safety

Athens-Limestone Hospital's new beds part of $780,000 renovation project


Aging population will need larger emergency department capacity

Patients aged 60 to 80 used EDs less frequently but generally need more care and time, according to study


Succession planning key to healthcare facilities teams' future

Recent survey shows 40 percent of healthcare facilities managers are older than 55 - an increase from 35 percent in the 2009 survey


Hospitals lauded for electronic medical record systems

All four Health First hospitals were recently recognized for their use of electronic medical record systems and advanced clinical technology


2.4 million pound grant to replace UK hospital heating system

Fairfield General Hospital's ageing coal-fired steam boiler plant will be replaced with a gas hot water system


Hospitals' physician lounges are becoming ghost towns

Without a place to interact regularly with their colleagues, physicians face a profession that resembles a collection of silos


What to do when biomed equipment is down

Facility managers share tips to get equipment working again


Midwest supermarket chain moves into health care

Schnucks opened its first infusion solutions facility in St Louis this fall to treat acute and chronic conditions


Hospital report cards get a report card

New York Hospital group releases ratings on hospital ratings systems


Reprocessing equipment touted as saving money and waste

Presentation says healthcare as an industry produces the second largest amount of waste. Ten percent of the waste that is recyclable actually completes the process and 20 to 30 percent of healthcare waste is created in the operating room


Walgreens clinics recognized by Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

AAAHC standards require clinics to be patient-centered, comprehensive, accessible and to coordinate care with all of the patients' primary care and specialty care provider teams


What the U.S. can learn from India's healthcare system

Indian hospitals use a hub-and-spoke design, transfer of responsibility for routine tasks to lower-skilled workers and save money through old-fashioned frugality


Research shows healthcare savings with retail clinics

New study says costs reduced further when nurse practitioners practice independently


Project solutions: The future of healthcare and its impact on capital planning

Market dynamics, health system consolidation, the Affordable Care Act, payment reform, technological advances, and the ever-evolving and changing delivery of care are creating a new normal


Florida healthcare systems food service operations entered futuristic realm.

Systems have improved how they store and prepare foods as well as how it's ordered and presented to the patient


Pennsylvania senior nursing facility finishes $1 million in renovations.

Mount Carmel Senior Living Community celebrates 30th year with upgrades; rooms renovated, food service improved


Signature HealthCARE looking to expand longterm care facility

Tennessee facility seeks Eden certification for facilities with a homelike atmosphere


Health system's supply chain boasts efficiency, lowers costs

Intermountain projects $200 million savings over the next five years


Hospitals addressing problems from flooding one year after Sandy

Health and hospital officials have made good progress in defining the risks, but less headway in actually implementing solutions



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