Maintenance and Operations - April 2014

Adding bioremediation to the sanitation schedule

Focal areas should include vault toilets, showers, ceramic tile floors and other areas where organic buildup is present


Free webcast: Data Center Consolidation: A Roadmap

Building Operation Management Magazine is presenting a webcast by David Hutchison of Excipio Consulting. He will offer facility managers a roadmap for planning a data center consolidation.


Honolulu ambulances delivering bedbugs

To kill bedbugs in emergency vehicles, the city is expected to spend $25,200 over the next fiscal year


Trauma room infection control Q&A

Consultant Brad Keyes answeres a question about the placement of a flushing hopper sink in a trauma room


Cleaning for hospital-acquired infections

Altering environmental cleaning practices can have the most significant impact on infection control


Mother says newborn died from fungus at New Orleans hospital

Children's Hospital said that five pediatric patients died over 11 months ending in July 2009 following an outbreak of a deadly infection caused by fungi present in dirt and decaying organic matter


U.K. charity banned from donating food to hospital

Organization was told that the hospital would no longer accept food from outside sources


Garbage can liners banned after hospital suicides

Glasgow's health board told to remove plastic garbage can liners from all its mental health wards and facilities after two patients took their own lives


'Starbucks of healthcare' opens in Connecticut

ASAP Urgent Care opens location in Madison


Waco VA Medical Center loses water for a day

Crews repair damaged water main connection restoring water service to the campus after a 24-hour interruption


Waste and mismanagement cited at medical prison

$840 million California Health Care Facility beset by waste, mismanagement and miscommunication between the prison and medical staffs


Hospital door handle sanitizes hands

Column can be fitted on a pull door and has a blue paddle on bottom that dispenses a dab of hand sanitizer when pushed


South Dakota seeing urgent-care facility boom

The push toward urgent care has led to an expansion of clinics in western South Dakota


Is there room in the healthcare C-suite for facilities managers?

ASHE exec says by improving their ability to communicate in business terms and finding ways to reduce operating costs while improving performance, facilities managers can generate trust capital


Jamaica allocates $1 billion to upgrade health facilities

Major project components include sewage treatment, child and adolescent mental health facilities, medical waste management enhancement, primary health care renewal and piped medical gases infrastructure


Who will win and lose with Accountable Care?

Healthcare reform is all about the patients, but who else in the healthcare industry will come out on top? Industry experts predict the winners and losers.


How healthcare facilities can improve patient satisfaction

Understanding the connection between the physical appearance of a facility and patient satisfaction can have a lasting impact on both a hospital's performance and its ability to provide exceptional community health


Hospitals brace for effects of insurance reform

South Jersey hospital officials are bracing for the effects of the Affordable Care Act, with some planning staffing cuts due to fewer patients visiting their emergency rooms and others hiring more doctors


Oregon facility offers storefront healthcare

Corvallis' new medical facility is a storefront clinic wedged between a coffeehouse and a Mexican restaurant


To boost patient satisfaction - align scores and strategic goals

Building a culture of improvement is the framework for creating the best patient experience


Minnesota VA to expand food service facility

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System plans to build a bigger food services building to better serve veterans living on campus or with mental health issues


Hospital safety tipping point hit well below full occupancy

Research shows healthcare facility safety at risk at about 92 percent of full occupancy


FEMA may seek $2 million repayment from Louisiana hospital

The Department of Homeland Security is recommending that the government recover $2 million in Hurricane Katrina-related disaster recovery assistance from East Jefferson General Hospital


New Jersey hospital ties employee bonuses to the facility's performance

What happens when pay-for-performance applies to a hospital's staff as a whole?


Keeping that 'new building' feel

White paper on Healthcare Design magazine website explores how everyone responsible for how a new building lasts should take a long-term view when it comes to door- and wall-protection products


Hospital partners with college to develop new food service

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is joining forces with Niagara University to deliver a new food service experience for hospital visitors, staff, students and volunteers


Improving environmental cleaning outcomes

A facility can leverage disinfection advancements to improve infection prevention while reducing costs


Green House turns nursing-home concept upside down

According to a McKnight's blog, the Green House Project creates the 'ideal' long-term care setting from the ground up


White paper examines soft-surface decontamination

Aesthetically appealing soft surfaces pose a practical challenge to infection control in healthcare settings



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