Maintenance and Operations - March 2014

Tips for supply chain efficiency

The supply chain represents about 25 percent of a healthcare facility's operating budget, so supply chain optimization is an imperative


L.A. inspectors told to stop nursing home investigations

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health told inspectors to stop investigating complaints at nursing homes in order to reduce the backlog of claims


Do you have a 'fatburg' in your pipe?

A disposal bag disposal system can save plumbing, reduce the added and unnecessary expense of damage, reduce unsightly waste, reduce offensive odor and protect people from cross contamination


Lawmaker opposes more nursing home construction in Indiana

State lawmaker says failure of construction moratorium could hurt existing nursing homes


Massachusetts nursing home not inspected in 6+ years

Quincy building department hasn't inspected the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation nursing home in more than six years


Sewage issues could close Alberta health facility

Alberta Health Services calls for an $185-million replacement for Wainwright Health Centre


California town rejects hospital sign request

Caltrans denies Bear Valley Community Healthcare District's request for additional signs


Hospital cited for fleas

New Zealand Ministry of Health inspection reveals fleas, overcrowding and insufficient infection control at Hutt Hospital


UCSF Medical Center foodservice honored for innovation

Smart Choice Smart U program uses online platforms, mobile applications and digital signage to provide real-time nutritional information


Sudbury hospitals to eliminate all smoking areas

Patients at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Ontario, soon will need to light up somewhere beyond the facility's grounds


Access to water key for healthcare system after chemical spill

Healthcare Facilities Management article explores Charleston Area Medical Center's response to chemical disaster


Wisconsin exempts hospitals from posted inspection reports

Fifteen other facility types have reports posted online as of 2013


Manila legislators approve bill regulating hospitals

House of Representatives passed a bill expected to strengthen the regulation of hospitals, other healthcare facilities and services


Changes in Joint Commission standards for environment of care coming

Changes in areas ranging from electrical systems, hazard communication and leadership to emergency readiness are on the horizon


Canadian program to bring hospital services into the home

Prince Edward Family Health launches its Hospital at Home program


Building culture of quality among top concerns of healthcare providers

Healthcare Design article reports top five concerns of healthcare facility owners from 2013 Healthcare Design Conference discussion


ACA, other trends seen redefining post-acute care space

Senator sees movement toward home as the center of care for the elderly


Securely faxing healthcare data

Solid use policies can help secure the transmission of sensitive data


White paper discusses quantifying hygienically clean laundry

Laundries can be held accountable to reduce soil to a microbial level that is definitively hygienically clean, report says


How to manage facilities for strategic value

Managing facilities for strategic value means taking the long view with a planning time frame of five, 10, 20, even 30 years out


Hospital kitchen 'hazardous' designation not unanimous

In a 'Life Safety Code Q&A' on the FacilityCare website, the designation of hospital kitchens is explored


Health system CEO sees healthcare embarking on a new mission

Head of Pennsylvania's Heritage Valley Health System says healthcare is shifting back to a community-based setting


St. Francis Health System food service director honored by professional association

International Foodservice Manufacturers Association's Silver Plate Awards honor excellence in foodservice operations


Group warns of possible food service monopoly

Antitrust watchdog looking at Sysco-US Foods deal


Hospital noise can pose safety risk

Noise pollution also contributes to stress among hospital staff and affects patients' sleep patterns and blood pressure


University of Missouri Health Care to open walk-in clinics at Hy-Vee stores

Construction on the three new 'Mizzou Quick Care' clinics is set to start by mid-March


Affordable Care Act's impact on medical office buildings

ACA paradigm shift expected to have a long-term positive effect on medical office buildings and healthcare facilities


Healthcare Design magazine honors facility owner

Dr. David Schuller has guided the 11-year expansion of OSU's medical center and the cancer facilities - a project involving 1.1 million square feet and a $1.1 billion price tag


Organization advises against taking sick kids to retail clinics

Retail health clinics are becoming a popular alternative to the doctor's office with more than 20 million patient visits


A prescription for peace and privacy

Specifying sound masking for healthcare facilities


Coffee shop bumped for dialysis clinic at Halifax facility

Money-losing Tim Hortons in the Halifax Infirmary closed as officials begin to search for ways to save millions of dollars



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