April 2021 Posts About Healthcare Facilities Management



Mayo Clinic Announces New Research Facility


Eleven-story facility initially announced in 2019 as four-story building

4/30/2021 12:15:00 AM

ED Expansion Targets Patient Convenience, Safety


Project delivers better patient flow and experience by redesigning triage and fast-track areas

4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Lesson: Adaptable Hospital Design


Designers working with facilities managers to create more adaptable spaces

4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM

Campaign Seeks to Bolster Cyber Attack Defenses


FBI, CISA have issued several warnings about malicious actors exploiting software vulnerabilities

4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM

Cyber Attack Disrupts Cancer Treatments


About 42 U.S. healthcare sites saw service disrupted as result of breach

4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM

St. Jude’s Launches $11.5 Billion Expansion


Hospital plans to spend at least $1.9 billion on new construction and add 1,400 jobs

4/29/2021 12:15:00 AM

4 Tips for Better Healthcare Security


In 2020, hospitals saw PPE and COVID-19 vaccines walk out the back door. A security assessment and a comprehensive security system can prevent a recurrence.

4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

City’s Hospitals Improve Parking Lot Lighting, Worker Safety


Investigation revealed hospitals nationwide fail to protect employees and visitors from violence

4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

South’s Winter Blizzards Yield Lessons for Improvement


One hospital’s preparation paid off, as no backup generators failed during storm

4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

Protecting Healthcare Workers Through Facility Design


Updated resource emphasizes combating violence in healthcare using the built environment

4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM

Study Questions Rigid Use of Social Distancing


Variables among facilities suggest social distances might be pliable

4/28/2021 12:15:00 AM

COVID-19 Presents Healthcare IT with Challenges


Pandemic reshaping healthcare IT in ways that affect leadership, employees and patients

4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Thinks Fast on Construction Project


When new inpatient tower was near completion, the pandemic hit, prompting medical center to rethink project’s design

4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM

Case Study: How To Safely Upgrade Fire Protection Systems


Temporary fire pump system keeps long-term care facility online

4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Data Breach Affects 135,000


Former employee saved private data to personal folders and uploaded files to a public website

4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM

Pandemic Delayed Most Hospital Construction Projects: Survey


76 percent of respondents delayed one or more construction projects due to COVID-19

4/27/2021 12:15:00 AM

CyberSecurity Incident Response: Developing a Plan


Departments having trouble keeping pace with advances cybercriminals are making

4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM

Is Dry Hydrogen Peroxide Effective in Hospitals?


New study looks at bacteria levels after cleaning with DHP

4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM

Facility Design Beyond COVID-19


Most organizations are likely to convert temporary measures into permanent policies

4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM

Penn Medicine Opens Sterilization Facility


Facility is nation’s largest instrument processing and surgical supply preparation operation

4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM

Florida Healthcare System Prioritizes Energy Efficiency


Organization embarks on a multimillion-dollar project to better manage energy use

4/26/2021 12:15:00 AM

Pandemic Prompts Reliance on VR in Construction


Experience had to be real enough that hospital staff could recommend changes just from seeing VR mock-ups

4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM

Facilities Receive Healthgrades Recognition


Online resource connects patients to information about physicians and hospitals

4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM

Building a Wall Against Cyber Attacks


Organizations should first address low-hanging fruit to protect this information

4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM

Health System Undertakes $251 Million Expansion, Renovation


Project includes expansion of 30-year-old emergency department and construction of four-story building to add operating room capacity

4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM

Future Facilities: Lessons from the Pandemic


COVID-19 forced healthcare facilities to make rapid changes to their infrastructure

4/23/2021 12:15:00 AM

Hospital Security and Design: An Updated Resource


Publication emphasizes combating violence in healthcare using the built environment

4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM

Tornado Preparations: Looking for Weak Spots


Plans should include contingencies for risks outside facility due to construction or outdoor work

4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM

In-House Mishap Exposes Data of 4,000 Patients


Protected health information had been accidentally uploaded and exposed

4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM

Robotics and Cleaning: What Lies Ahead?


Robots could gradually replace human personnel in dangerous hot zone of infectious hospital

4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM

Tornado Season: Developing an All-Hazards Plan


Scientists predict 2021 could rival 2011 super outbreak

4/22/2021 12:15:00 AM

Has Facial Recognition Come To Healthcare Facilities?


One Los Angeles hospital is among previously unreported users

4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM

Forest Baptist Health Announces $450 Construction Project


New facility includes upgraded emergency department, state-of-the-art operating rooms and enhanced adult intensive care units

4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM

Case Study: SaaS Brings Savings, Resilience to Hospital


Application helps Ontario facility meet building savings and sustainability goals

4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Says ‘Not So Fast’ to This Fast Food


Campaign persuades hospital to close Burger King

4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM

Taking on Tornado Season: Is Your Healthcare Facility Prepared?


Scientists predict 2021 could rival 2011 super outbreak

4/21/2021 12:15:00 AM

Is UV Germicidal Light Effective in Operating Rooms?


New study shows whether environmental services teams can use UV to disinfect between surgeries

4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM

Food Service Supply Chain Issues Prompt Changes


Management team decided to create secondary menus to ensure they had backup plan

4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM

Diagnostic Software Delivers Energy Efficiency


Trouble spots included leaky water valves and faulty valve actuators and damper actuators

4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM

Case Study: Hospital Design Centers on Patient Healing


Creating uplifting atmosphere was central to inpatient pavilion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Expansion Persevered Through Pandemic


Team had to work adjacent to active emergency department and above radiology department

4/20/2021 12:15:00 AM

UVC Light: A New Tool for EVS Teams?


Study finds devices used after standard cleaning procedures in hospitals can dramatically reduce pathogens

4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM

Patient Attacks 6 in Hospital Parking Structure


Discharged patient arrested after allegedly assaulting five women and male security guard

4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM

Lessons for Long-Term Care from COVID-19 Preparations


Survey of pre-pandemic plans offer lessons managers can use to prepare for next pandemic

4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM

Design and Construction: Lessons from COVID-19


Future facilities to incorporate larger emergency rooms to keep patients more physically distanced

4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Surge Strains Michigan Hospitals


Among biggest drivers of infections are outbreaks among youth athletes associated with K-12 schools

4/19/2021 12:15:00 AM

ED Upgrade Tops Hospital Renovation


31,000-square-foot facility renovation project aims to improve delivery of care

4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM

Far-UVC: Battling COVID-19 With a New Light


Specific UVC wavelength can reduce risk of spread in enclosed environments, particularly those with poor ventilation

4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM

New 136-Bed Hospital Coming to Washington, D.C.


Facility will include maternal health and newborn nursery and obstetric services

4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM

U.S. Senators Seek Financial Help for Senior Living Facilities


Funds could target personal protective equipment, staffing, and infection prevention and control

4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Eyes Lighting Upgrades To Boost Energy Efficiency


System was spending $2 million annually on lighting for hospital, but also acute care facilities, clinics, medical office building and parking structure

4/16/2021 12:15:00 AM

Texas Children’s Hospital Debuts Plans for New Facility


Groundbreaking is anticipated this spring for $485 million hospital

4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM

Feds Act To Get More N95 Masks To Healthcare Workers


Hospitals saying limits on which workers should get N95s must stay in place

4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM

New York Hospital Debuts Ambulatory Care Facility


Building houses 12 operating rooms for ambulatory surgery, surgical prep and recovery space, and central sterile services department

4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM

Surgery During a Pandemic: Why Sterilization Is Important


Sterile processing department designers should consider how to organize storage space, reduce touchpoints and minimize inspection time

4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM

Renovated Floor Enhances Hospital’s Flexibility


19,900-square-foot project provides additional bed capacity and swing space for entire building

4/15/2021 12:15:00 AM

Suspect Killed in Hospital Shooting


Police had escorted medics to emergency department, where suspect was to be checked for medical issue

4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM

Robots Enlisted To Enhance Cleaning To Prevent Infections


Two robots will be developed that make it possible to disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces in buildings

4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM

Food Program Reaches Beyond Hospital To Community


Objective is to provide nutritious food and education to help diabetic patients make healthy decisions

4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM

FDA Asks Hospitals To Stop PPE Crisis Measures


FDA and CDC believe there are now adequate domestic supplies of masks

4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 and Hospitals of the Future


Pandemic has accelerated considerations of the way medical facilities are built and designed

4/14/2021 12:15:00 AM

1 in 3 State Nursing Homes Violated Coronavirus Protocols


Common violations include asking COVID-positive staff to keep working, not screening visitors for symptoms and not isolating infected residents

4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital’s COVID-19 Outbreak Total 31 Cases


Cases were traced to inpatient unit for surgical and cancer patients

4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM

Facility Updates Interior To Address Patient, Family Needs


Switch in furnishings and layouts increased the facility’s capacity and patient privacy

4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM

Food Service Options for Outside Dining Demands


Patients and families concerned with health are venturing outside more thanks to vaccine rollouts

4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM

WHO Guidance Targets Healthcare Resilience


Document and checklists intended to help managers in terms of existing vulnerabilities and possible impacts

4/13/2021 12:15:00 AM

Demolished Hospital Clears Way for New Facility


New hospital will have more than 200 beds and focus primarily on mental health

4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM

University's Hospitals Ramp Up Security


Moves come in response to increasing reports of violence nationwide in healthcare settings

4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM

Sustainability, Waste Management and COVID-19


Materials protecting people from illness could cause long-term harm to public health and planet

4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM

What’s the Password? Too Often, Answer Is Easy


Despite recommendations to use strong, unique passwords, people continue using weak codes

4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM

California Hospitals Struggle With Seismic Requirements


Hospitals ask state to reconsider requirements written into law more than 20 years ago

4/12/2021 12:15:00 AM

Microgrids Help Ensure System’s Sustainability


Two issues spurred growth of microgrids: broader higher-acuity care and increased threat of natural disasters

4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM

Email Attack Affects 221,000 Patients and Physicians


Sensitive information in accounts includes Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses

4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM

Rethinking Design for Looming Behavioral Health Pandemic


Systems should plan now to integrate best practices in design so physical spaces can support patients

4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM

Center for Breast Health Completes Construction


Design features improvements for environmental performance, and project is expected to receive LEED Silver rating

4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19: The Impact on Emergency Preparedness


Health system rethinks number of negative pressure rooms and space needed to expand capacity

4/9/2021 12:15:00 AM

Hospitals Renew Efforts To Cut Waste


Clinics and hospitals are among nation's top consumers of single-use plastics

4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM

City’s Hospitals Improve Parking Lot Lighting, Worker Safety


Investigation revealed hospitals nationwide fail to protect employees and visitors from violence

4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM

Health Insurer’s Data Breach Affects 1.2 Million


Breached information might include birthdates, insurance numbers and addresses

4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM

Gas-Powered Tools Sicken 12 on Construction Site


Crews were using gas-powered tools in a building without ventilation system

4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM

Managing Ventilation To Prevent Airborne Illnesses


Management plan can help managers maintain compliance with applicable accreditation, licensure and regulatory standards

4/8/2021 12:15:00 AM

Hospital Data Breach Affects 3,000 People


Employee with access to hospital data servers improperly viewed private health information

4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Spreads Via Airborne Droplets, Not Surfaces: CDC


Risk of contracting illness from contaminated surface is less than 1 in 10,000

4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Design Emphasizes Nontraditional Approach


Services for behavioral and mental health treatment require collaboration to meet unique design considerations

4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM

Food Programs Adapt to COVID-19 Era


Instead of delivering meals to COVID-19 patients themselves, kitchen coordinates with nursing staff

4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM

Infrastructure Plan Would Give VA $18 Billion


Funds would target backlog of high-efficiency projects to help increase health security of veterans

4/7/2021 12:15:00 AM

New Hospital Gives a Nod to Hospitality


Symbiotic relationship seeks to create steady flow of travelers for hotel and more welcoming, hospitality-inspired setting

4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM

Window Problems Plague New Children’s Hospital


Officials want to spend $10-15 million to replace two floors of troubled windows

4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM

ASHRAE Clarifies Buildings’ Role in COVID-19


Statement offers updated, unequivocal statement on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in buildings

4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospitals Seek Share of $2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill


Funds would aid physical plants, IT systems and emergency preparedness

4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM

Arizona Medical Center Starts Major Expansion


Project includes a second five-story patient tower that brings 109 new patient beds

4/6/2021 12:15:00 AM

Patient Dies Falling from Fifth-Floor Window


Chair slammed against window multiple times shattered glass, worker says

4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM

Carbon Footprint and the Role of Interiors


Impact of interiors might be responsible for emissions akin to those from building structures and envelopes

4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM

Floors Eyed Over Role in Infection Control


Traditional high-touch surfaces among most closely inspected facility components

4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM

Hospital Ventilation in the COVID-19 Era


ASHRAE Standard 170 survived pandemic and is ready for next edition

4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM

Vaccines Highly Effective for Healthcare Workers: Study


Infection risk after one dose reduced by 80 percent about two or more weeks after shot

4/5/2021 12:15:00 AM

Parking Lot Attack Prompts Hospital To Upgrade Security


Security guard will replace parking attendant and two additional cameras will be installed

4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM

Suspect Arrested for Bringing Guns, Bombs to Hospital


Situation closed several roads and hospital's emergency wing for several hours

4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM

Health Systems Leaving Valuable Data Exposed: Report


Nearly 20 percent of files are open to every employee in organizations

4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM

No-Touch Parking Access Targets COVID-19


Technology allows patients, visitors and staff access without reaching outside cars or touching equipment

4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM

VA Considers Its Facilities Footprint


Listening sessions will result in recommendations on modernization and realignment of department facilities

4/1/2021 12:15:00 AM

Case Study: Using Germicidal UV-C to Mitigate COVID-19


Chicago’s Loyola University Medical Center installed UV-C lamps in HVAC systems

4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Look Out for These UPS Failures


When utility power fails in hospitals, FMs can’t afford for the uninterruptible power supply system to fail, too

4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Key Tactics To Defend Against Cyber Attacks


Smaller medical facilities might be at greater risk because they did not have a decade to formalize cybersecurity

4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Preparing Facilities for Vaccination Programs


After assessing data, one hospital determined it would locate its vaccine pod in its auditorium

4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM



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