Maintenance and Operations - July 2014

Mice, filth alleged at New Jersey facility

Broken furniture, moldy mattresses and cigarette burns on floors and walls cited by former employee


Hawaiian facility to shift beds from long-term to acute care

Hilo Medical Center wants to increase its acute medical care beds to 20 and eliminate 20 of its skilled nursing facility beds


Healthcare industry urged to address climate change

The healthcare industry could experience a "surge" from people without the means to move in response to increased temperatures


Smart building automation systems can add intelligence, efficiency

Healthcare facilities differ from other buildings making them challenging and demanding places to install and manage a BAS


Systems engineering called crucial to transforming healthcare delivery

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urged to transform healthcare nationally by engineering a 'robust' health information infrastructure


Facility backup power requires correct connectivity

A careful assessment helps hospitals ensure outage protection


ASHRAE, IAQA agree to join forces

Indoor Air Quality Association will become a part of ASHRAE while maintaining its own brand and board of directors


Savannah hospital unveils $1 million kitchen

Memorial University Medical Center cafe has new furnishings, lighting, flooring and millwork


Carnival Cruises launches in-house medical facility

Miami-based Carnival employees can get their non-emergency medical needs taken care of at the office


Joint Commission PFI list rules changed

The changes align the Joint Commission's survey process with the requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


More than $637 million in maintenance deferred for Alberta health facilities

The deferred costs make up three percent of the total value of health facilities in Alberta


Hospital bans showers after legionella bacteria is found

Leicester General Hospital says boiled drinking water is being provided and hand-wash basins and toilets remained safer to use


White paper on healthcare laundry cooperatives available

White paper offers an overview of laundry options available to healthcare providers, including laundry cooperatives


Saskatchewan care home 'held together with duct tape'

Aging Pioneer Village in Regina falling apart, according to report


Waste-treating autoclaves getting more efficient

The technology has been around for awhile, but vendors are still adding features to waste-treating autoclaves to make them safer and more efficient


Workplace clinic system may expand into Wisconsin

On-site workplace health clinics have been called critical to the shift toward preventive care


Report says University of Chicago has too many beds

U of C Medicine's $124 million plan to shuffle beds at two facilities is in question as regulators say the hospital already has more capacity than is justified under state standards


'Quiet Kits' can change patient experience

Packages containing ear plugs, an eye mask, lip balm and puzzles are put on the pillows of patient beds to help patients relax


Healthcare robotics can do some heavy lifting

Automated guided vehicles can handle large material transport activities


Emergency rooms try online booking

Hospitals across the country are attempting to cut waiting room times


UK hospital trust admits health and safety asbestos issues

The Trust admits failing to ensure the safety of Watford General Hospital employees exposed to asbestos between 2000 and 2011


Topeka hospitals explore healthy food options

Statewide initiative encourages offering more fruits and vegetables, labeling foods with nutrition facts, eliminating fried foods and offering healthier choices in vending machines


Saskatchewan healthcare facilities need $2.2 billion in repairs

Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital requires $435 million to address maintenance needs


Kansas hospitals commit to healthier environments

51 facilities pledge to make healthier on-site food and beverages a priority


S.C. emergency workers shuttle water to hospitals and nursing homes

Workers try to keep air-conditioning operations running after treatment plant failure


Cleveland Clinic launches millennial-friendly experience overhaul

Clinic cuts wait times and offers same-day appointments to woo younger patients



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