Maintenance and Operations - February 2014

Hospitals ban sugary drinks

New Zealand healthcare facilities will phase out soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and flavored milk


Pennsylvania predicts huge need for nursing home beds

State is trying to avoid spikes in the nursing home population by funding services that will allow older residents to live independently at home


Healthcare changes spur retail, urgent care clinics growth

Customer demand and shifts in health-care policy have fostered a rapidly expanding business


Exploring Presbyterian Healthcare Services patient experience efforts

Presbyterian began addressing the issue of experience in 2005. The efforts have engaged leaders and driven significant cultural and organizational changes


Pakistan makes medical waste top health priority

The government had given priority to environmental health, medical waste management and infection control


California legislation aimed at improving elder care

Bay Area lawmakers create package to demand changes within the state Department of Social Services


Healthcare Design magazine honors facility manager

Mitch Goplen, vice president of facility services for the Billings Clinic, oversees more than 1 million square feet of facility space


'Take Care' worksite health centers accredited as patient-centered medical homes

Walgreen's worksite health centers are staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical professionals, and offer services including primary care, pharmacy, occupational health, fitness, chronic condition management, physical therapy, dental and vision


Nine out of 10 healthcare providers call ACA a 'step forward:' survey

Eighty-six percent say the Affordable Care Act needs major changes or revisions however


Managing healthcare facility bed bug problems

Preventative measures must be weighed against privacy concerns


Healthcare moving toward unified building codes

ASHE Ad Hoc Committee on Healthcare reviews ICC codes and recommends changes


New York prohibits smoking around healthcare facilities

New law in New York State prohibits smoking within 15 feet of a hospital or residential health care facility entrance or exit


Georgia hospital says it's snow-ready

Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton had its emergency management plan in operation long before the first snowflake fell


Scottish hospitals called out about dirty equipment

Inspectors cite beds, mattresses and commodes - as well as management of needles, waste and linen and continuing concerns around hand-cleaning


Children's ward equipment called safety risk

New Zealand's Wellington Hospital's beds, chairs deteriorated to the point that they were too ragged to clean effectively


Top budget considerations for healthcare facility managers

A facility manager's tool kit should contain ways to maximize the total cost of ownership of all the assets they maintain


Wayfinding can help building communication

Signage has been a primary method of place communication for generations and can be effective when designed with user needs in mind


Antimicrobial copper listed as a Top 10 Technology to Watch in 2014

ECRI Institute evaluates the safety, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of health technologies


Healthcare capital markets expect an active 2014

Changes in the healthcare delivery model could mean record year in medical office sales.


Hospitals seek cure for confusing building navigation

Healthcare facilities are borrowing way finding ideas from shopping malls and airports


Aging showing preference for home care

New generation will drive how long-term care system operates. DC program helps seniors receive Medicaid-funded services at home


Balancing ideal temperatures for aging patients and staff

Compromise is the name of the game with healthcare design



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