Maintenance and Operations - October 2014

Florida nursing home cited for rats

Citrus Gardens, in Fort Myers, Fla., was cited by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a rat infestation, according to an article on the Long-term Living website


Facilities professionals must communicate how they contribute to the organization as a whole

The evolving healthcare industry may offer new opportunities for facility managers prepared to take advantage of them


Testing can help clarify wayfinding system

Munson Medical Center's process improvement exercises helped pinpoint problems in their signage and communication, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Prevent winter pest problems

As colder weather drives pests indoors, integrated pest management minimizes the risk of infestations


Liquid oxygen transfilling Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about liquid oxygen transfilling operations


Twin Cities hospitals help anchor local food movement

Most medical centers and colleges have come together to broaden their collective impact by purchasing more local goods and services


UK hospital criticized for filthy conditions

Patient sat on a pressure cushion covered in previous patient's feces for a week, according to family


Facility managers feeling effect of healthcare industry changes

Industry veteran says facility managers need to stay involved or risk being left behind


Maintaining Joint Commission accreditation

Various state agencies utilize Joint Commission accreditation as a condition for Medicare payments, so accreditation is even more important with the Affordable Care Act


UK hospital patient dies after dietary mistake

Croydon University Hospital staff gives patient solid food instead of liquids


Detroit hospital considers outsourcing housekeeping

Move is part of a trend by hospital systems in Southeast Michigan and elsewhere


Facility conditions key to controlling spread of viral hemorrhagic fever

Many of the hosts that carry hemorrhagic fever viruses are rodents


Community health beyond just the data

According to a blog on the Healthcare Design website, focus groups, interviews and ethnographic studies can help clarify community needs


Housekeeping leader at senior care facility honored

Monique Walker, director of housekeeping Vi at Grayhawk, recognized with 'Managers of Distinction' Award


Choosing patient-unit flooring

A flooring mock-up can be an ideal way to show all the options


Waste containers Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about waste containers


Free 'Building Commissioning for Hospitals' webcast Thursday

Webcast will include an in-depth examination of how existing building commissioning can be used to identify system improvements in hospitals to boost utility savings and capital ROI


Copper coated hospital beds help combat possible infections

UK hospital replaces high-touch surfaces - including bed rails, cabinet handles, chair arms, hand rails, switches and taps - with copper


Single-use device reprocessing saves money and the environment

When hospitals discard items that can be reprocessed, they perpetuate the problem by creating unnecessary landfill waste


U.S. nearing solution on Ebola waste issue

Experts warn that conflicting regulations could make it difficult for hospitals


Book calls for detoxing healthcare

'Greening Health Care: How Hospitals Can Heal the Planet' says the healthcare industry produces waste and emissions that can make people sick


Electrical closets Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question about electrical closets


N.C. health providers team up to cut costs

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Vidant Health have formed a shared-services operating company


R.I. healthcare organization repurposes manufacturing space

Retrofit includes modulating boilers, packaged rooftop units



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