Industry News - November 2015

Bed bugs found in Helena nursing home

Staffers say they raised concerns months before the facility took action


Healthcare CEO shares insights about building for the future

Jack Lynch III of Main Line Health says future bed demand is difficult to predict


EPA seeks input on drug flushing ban

Healthcare facilities would be banned from flushing drugs


Construction handoff best practices

A smooth construction handoff can help achieve promised operations performance


Creating brand advocacy

It's a key question for a healthcare system looking to gain more market share, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospital security cited for violating patients' rights

Man was subjected to search and surveillance when he entered the hospital for wife's urgent surgery


Retail clinic numbers expected to grow

Clinics expected to increase by nearly 50 percent in the next two years


Retail influences on healthcare

Healthcare organizations are creating retail-like healthcare environments to improve patient experience, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Fifth Pa. patient death linked to bacteria in water

In all cases, the hospitals used a "heater-cooler" device to control the patients' body temperatures while they were on a heart-bypass machine


$97 billion in new hospitals, expansions and off-campus clinics and medical offices currently underway

Though most hospital projects are renovations, but 150 construction projects are new hospitals


Fatal shooting at Minnesota hospital prompts investigation

St. Cloud Hospital now designated with 'immediate jeopardy' status


$86.7 billion in medical construction in pipeline

Report says projects include 1,189 projects totaling 123.1 million square feet that are in late planning or are under construction


Health system bans antimicrobial additives from facility surfaces

New Kaiser Permanente policy applies to construction and renovation projects going forward


Study shows healthcare providers optimistic on future

Three-quarters of healthcare providers express optimism but support for the healthcare law has lessened


FDA urged to preserve antibacterial products, ingredients

American Cleaning Institute is asking the Food and Drug Administration to re-evaluate antibacterial data


Safety measures added to children's hospital construction after accident

Work stops after a forklift punched through the window of a four bed patient room in the adjacent Royal University Hospital


Final contract awarded to finish over-budget VA hospital

The contract authorizes builder to spend about $571 million more to finish the facility


N.C. emergency room to be converted to urgent care facility

An emergency room was losing money, according to hospital officials


Army settles with staffer who exposed infection control dangers

Federal investigators found that she was punished for reporting dangerous health and safety conditions for patients to the Joint Commission


Spooky hospital lore for those still in the Halloween mood

Hospitals and Health Networks gathers haunted hospital stories


Pennsylvania hospital notifies patients of infection risk

WellSpan York Hospital has alerted open-heart surgery patients of possible exposure to bacteria



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