Maintenance and Operations - August 2015

Facility professionals can have key role in mergers

Facility directors should be positioned to thrive after the announcement of a merger or acquisition


Okla. hospital forced to close ORs due to faulty air handling system

Surprise inspection from CMS finds high humidity in the hospital's central sterilization room


Study backs sound panels for reducing noise in hospitals

Scientists are trying to reduce the amount of noise which is often double what it should be


BIM can streamline healthcare facility management

The model information can be used for commissioning, maintenance, refurbishing and end-of-building-life decisions


Proactive maintenance decisions can lesson future problems

Predictive maintenance techniques can determine the condition of assets and predict when maintenance should be performed


California hospitals with cleanest rooms

Eighty percent of patients reported that their room was always clean


When's the right time to purchase healthcare equipment?

Rapid medical technology innovation makes the question more complicated


Inventory management tips for healthcare facilities

Inventory management in healthcare facilities is especially critical


Concerns raised over cleanliness at Derry hospital

Monthly environmental cleanliness audit revealed low or no scores


Healthcare facility moisture levels can impact energy costs

Relative humidity levels are an often overlooked factor in HVAC systems


Patient-centered hospital environment extends to audio

Trend to private rooms, patient-controlled audio supports care, quality


Q&A on ozone machines

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, consultant Brad Keyes answered a question on ozone machines


Accident threatens water pressure at Georgia hospital

DeKalb County area experienced a major loss of water pressure and was under a boil water advisory for four days


Air filter mistakes can create unsafe conditions

To ensure the best air filtration for a healthcare facility use filters with a MERV-A rating that matches the requirements


$5.2 million in repairs urged for Ohio hospital parking garage

The nearing 50-year-old garage has numerous structural problems including damage and corrosion to concrete slabs, beams and columns and steel beams


Pennsylvania healthcare facility to expand 'hospital farm'

St. Luke's University Hospital farm will double in size from five to 10 acres


Texas hospital says issues will be fixed before Medicare and Medicaid contract is terminated

Government has notified Good Shepherd Medical Center that its contract will be terminated unless it addresses issues including nonsterile surgical instruments


AirBNB-style company could change healthcare

Software allows different hospitals within the same healthcare system to share expensive surgical equipment


Hospital supply chains struggle with superbug issues

Hospitals stocking up on supplies to fight potential outbreaks


A smart equipment maintenance plan can cut costs safely

Improving equipment maintenance and repair processes could help healthcare facilities with their bottom lines


Poughkeepsie healthcare facility adds dial-up room service

Vassar Brothers Medical Center patients can chose and order meals from a customized menu and eat when it suits them



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