Trending News - April 2013

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital embraces community with design for all

Dedicating 75 percent of the first floor to public use and integrating with the Boston HarborWalk, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, incorporates inclusive design into every aspect of the facility.


Survey: Hospital spending on facilities, IT likely to increase over next 5 years

Increasing investments in IT and facilities are among the top three growth areas in hospital spending over the next five years, an L.E.K. Consulting study says.


New Joplin hospital chooses brick construction for tornado resistance

Mercy Hospital Joplin will use clay brick exteriors, known for their tornado-resistant attributes, in the construction of the new hospital.


Webcast to examine increasing mergers and acquisitions in healthcare

Those involved in the long-term strategic planning for healthcare facilities may benefit from an upcoming webcast examining the increasing trend of mergers and acquisitions in the industry.


Can design and operations aid better hand hygiene in healthcare facilities?

Key among HAI preventative measures is the seemingly simple act of healthcare practitioners washing their hands, and some of the cited obstacles to the task may have design or operations solutions.


EPA announces changes to Design for Environment program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced several changes to its Design for the Environment Program (DfE) for labeling cleaning products.


Joint Commission revamps Long Term Care Accreditation program, offers new certification

Beginning July 1, The Joint Commission will offer the Nursing Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, with a new Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option.


Walgreen clinics expand services to treat chronic illnesses

Walgreen clinics will be expanding patient care to include the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.


Joint Commission offers Primary Care Medical Home certification to hospitals

The Joint Commission now offers Voluntary Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification for hospitals and critical access hospitals.


Center for Health Design offers series of design trend workshops

The Center for Health Design is offering a series of four workshops on strategic design trends in healthcare.


Report offers tips for increasing healthcare market share with new locations

A recent report offers advice to healthcare providers seeking to expand services outside the hospital campus.


OSHA fines medical practice for failure to protect against bloodborne pathogens

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Orange Medical Care P.C. in Newburgh, N.Y., with fines totaling $44,800 for failing to protect its workers adequately against potential bloodborne pathogen hazards.


Open, indoor water features could be prohibited in new healthcare facilities

Open, indoor water features could be prohibited in new healthcare facilities due to risks associated with waterborne pathogens.


Behavioral healthcare sector sees increase in construction, renovation

Anticipating an increase in patients in 2014 due to greater access to health insurance, behavioral health facility renovations and new construction are gaining speed.



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