Trending News - February 2013

New Illinois health center features holistic design

Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, a 134-bed replacement facility for St. Mary's Good Samaritan hospital, opened to the public Jan. 27 in Mt. Vernon, Ill.


NFMT 2013 to feature new healthcare facilities education track

This year the National Facilities Management & Technology Show (NFMT) will feature a special Healthcare Facilities Today education track with topics tailored specifically to the needs of healthcare facility managers.


Chicago hospital designs detailed plan for transferring patients to new facility

The staff at the University of Chicago Medicine has a detailed plan to transfer patients when the new Center for Care and Discovery opens Feb. 23.


Shopping centers court healthcare tenancy to capture boomer market

As healthcare facility portfolios continue to diversify and bring services off the hospital campus and into the community, the local shopping mall may soon be playing a larger role in tenancy considerations.


Survey: Financial concerns key to 2013 healthcare trends

A recent survey of 300 healthcare executives revealed some dominant trends within the healthcare industry for 2013. Key among them is financial performance.


Torrance medical center builds new $450M patient-focused tower

A new $450 million patient tower is being constructed at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. A patent-focused design concept was used for the 398,350-square-foot tower.


New standard for residential care facilities open for comment

The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) last month released for public comment the draft of a new standard on residential care facilities. The deadline for comment is March 20.


Overabundance of hospital beds drives admissions unnecessarily, study finds

A new study shows that capacity by itself can drive hospital admissions, with findings supporting limiting the number of hospital beds to actual population needs.


Survey: 2013 healthcare construction focuses on renovations, upgrades

Healthcare organizations are putting off larger projects like new or replacement hospital construction in favor of focusing on renovations, technology upgrades and outpatient or ambulatory facilities.


Joplin hospital rebuilds, aiming to withstand monster tornados

After an EF5 tornado ripped apart St. John's Regional Medical Center on May 22, 2011, the Joplin, Mo., hospital is making every effort to rebuild with a new hardened facility designed to stand up to devastating wind forces.


Healthcare construction market trends streamline design

Market trends are driving healthcare facilities design to focus on cost reduction and efficiency.


Trend toward outpatient facilities alters healthcare development, design

The trend toward using medical office buildings for higher-acuity care is likely to continue, so developers and designers will need to determine how the functional requirements differ from a hospital and plan accordingly.


Group devises facilities funding plan across health system

The Facilities Resource Group at Ascension Health has devised a plan so facilities projects don't compete for capital funds with clinical projects.


Mayo Clinic's plan for growth depends on taxpayer support

In a bid to attract patients and employees from around the world, Mayo Clinic has announced a $5 billion initiative to develop its Rochester headquarters into a Destination Medical Center (DMC).


NYC hospitals improving emergency preparedness post Sandy

Three months after superstorm Sandy, New York City hospitals have begun moving forward with plans to improve emergency preparedness at their facilities.



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