Industry News - March 2015

Health facilities are built into apartment complexes and employment centers

California health system offering one-stop 'wellness corners'


Outbreaks spur concerns about automated disinfection

Hospital relied on an automated endoscope reprocessor to disinfect the scopes between uses


Building long-term flexibility into healthcare facilities

New reimbursement models are changing what it means to creating flexibility in healthcare's built environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Construction is adjusting to meet healthcare's needs

Off-campus, outpatient development activity is far exceeding on-campus, inpatient projects


FGI explores future of healthcare guidelines

Experts discuss what major drivers shaping the future of healthcare and the future of FGI might be, according to an article on the healthcare Design website


First hospital in the cloud opens in China

The cloud hospital is one of the new ways that the Chinese people can get medical attention more quickly


Modular hospital project causes legal troubles

Lawsuits allege that a Legionella outbreak began as a result of water pressure tests and water introduced into the modules before they were transported to the hospital site


S.C. YMCA, physician practice share facility

Ballentine facility combines medical offices with a fitness center


Healthcare needs to adapt to survive

Providers and the teams that design their spaces need to keep changing, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Chicago hospital kitchens not inspected for years

City, state assumed the other was inspecting hospital kitchens


ECRI certification program for healthcare environmental managers is online

Course addressed skills related to workforce safety, emergency management, infection prevention and other hazardous situations


Health system looks for 'Starbucks seal of approval' when picking outpatient sites

MedStar Health shifting focus from inpatient to ambulatory and establish a stronger outpatient presence in Baltimore and Washington


Three Fresno hospitals cited for high infection rates

Facilities have been targeted for help by state public health officials


Rules can encourage or stifle senior facility innovation

Two states will have very different opportunities in the coming years


Fast food industry may offer patient-care clues

McDonald's quality-improvement effort has lessons for healthcare industry


Nurse's Ebola lawsuit could be landmark for patient safety

Ebola survivor's suit against Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and parent company Texas Health Resources could be an important case


Trends in healthcare have been good for the construction industry

Move from inpatient to outpatient settings has meant billions of dollars in projects


Design's role in medical tourism

CNN series explores price advantages - and posh design opportunities - in medical tourism, according to an article in on the Healthcare Design website


CDC investigating C. diff link to doctors' offices

The Centers for Disease Control says a substantial number of people contracted C. difficile who hadn't been in a hospital, but had recently visited the doctor or dentist


Maryland hospitals join to leverage state reimbursement

State tying payment to the size of patient populations covered by health networks


Study says luxury hospital upgrades not impressing patients

Ratings of the quality of care did not improve any more than they did for patients treated in less plush facilities


Succeeding in the new healthcare environment

What changes are required to succeed in the new healthcare reform environment is a hot topic


Future of hospitals seen through frosted windows

Hospitals are designing facilities with innovative amenities to attract new patients


New facilities reflect healthcare's future

The healthcare industry is pouring billions of dollars into new hospitals and medical centers with more technology and amenities


Key points about hospital 'superbug' outbreak at UCLA

Two patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles have died after contracting carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections from improperly cleaned scopes



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