Trending News - April 2015

Designing healthcare facilities to fight infection

Ventilation, furnishings and fixtures affect the bacteria inside a hospital


Los Angeles children's hospital opens rehab center

New 22,000-square-foot Petersen Rehabilitation Center is one of the largest acute pediatric rehabilitation centers in the country


The evolution of urgent care centers

Infusion suite within or adjacent to the urgent care center are becoming more common


Long-term care facilities stressing more basic healthcare

Facilities are surpassing hospitals as focus of healthcare for the elderly


N.Z. health board proposing improvement food service for healthcare facilities

New nutrition standards, developed with health board dietitians, would be introduced


Winning strategies for waiting rooms

Furnishings should accommodate diverse postures, behaviors, and levels of privacy


Australian healthcare facility kitchen staff returns, but patients may still get Big Macs

The kitchen staff has gone back to work at the biggest hospital network in Kingston, Victoria, but patients may have to be given take away instead of reheated hospital meals, according to an article on the Herald Sun website


Mercy Hospital Joplin expanded definition of resiliency

Replacement healthcare facility built to withstand severe weather after tornado


Florida Hospital Orlando will embody a new era in women's healthcare

The facility was designed to achieve a balance between creating a modern healthcare facility and establishing an environment that promotes healing through design, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Two 'massive' healthcare facilities coming to Ottawa in 2017

The Pinnacle Centres of Healthcare Excellence will offer 'one stop shopping' for healthcare


Scope maker warned Europe about problems two years before L.A. infections

FDA learned of scope warnings last summer but didn't alert U.S. hospitals


Report: Retail clinics could handle 27 percent of emergency visits

Shift could create $4 billion in savings


Cincinnati hospital plans $280 million expansion

Joint and Spine Center Christ Hospital project will include a million-dollar view


Historic building becomes Manhattan's first freestanding ED

Lenox Hill HealthPlex was the Joseph Curran Building in Manhattan's Greenwich Village


Connecticut hospital adjusts to changing healthcare needs

As the healthcare picture changes, New Milford Hospital is adjusting


University of New Mexico plans larger replacement hospital

Level I trauma center has turned away hundreds of transfers from other hospitals because of the crowded conditions


251 hospitals score five stars in Medicare's new ratings

Some in the healthcare industry fear Medicare's five-star scale won't accurately reflect quality and may place too much weight on patient reviews


Hospitals leaving downtown areas

Older, obsolete facilities are rebuilding in wealthier areas


Deer jumps through hospital window

Doe took a brief walk through a MidMichigan Health Center before leaving


Lake Forest hospital expansion expected to invigorate area

$426 million project features five pavilions, eight operating rooms and 114 private inpatient beds


Companies feud over UV robots

Two manufacturers of ultraviolet disinfection robots are in court over advertising claims


The University of North Carolina medical school facility designed for flexibility

The 340,000-square-foot, 10-story building contains labs and imaging technology for research teams, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Bryn Mawr Hospital's planning largest project since late 1800s

$200 million project calls for major new construction on the hospital's core campus


Catskill Regional Medical Center upgrades parking lot using green technology

Process eliminates the need to excavate, remove and dispose of failed pavement as well as the need to import large volumes of virgin aggregate


Minnesota hospital plans $140 million renovation, expansion

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital project will add two new inpatient floors, revamp the surgery center and make all patient rooms private


University of Kansas Hospital building new patient tower

The $280 million building will have 92 beds


Weather linked to hospital acquired infections

The numbers of healthcare infections go up with the temperature


Patient care, sustainability priorities in Middle East hospital design and construction

Study reports that integrating nursing and patient friendly design as the top priority in designing new hospitals throughout the Middle East and North Africa


Webcam removal from disabled patient's room creates conflict

Pennsylvania nursing home removes device patient used to communicate with family


Ohio health system plans $700 million in hospital projects

Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus to begin modernization project in spring


Johns Hopkins builds Ebola unit

Unit is designed to safely care for patients with the disease and other dangerous infections


Los Alamitos Medical Center MOB reflects campus identity

The new medical office building was designed with with community integration, campus identity and city planning requirements in mind, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Henry Ford Innovation Institute encouraging new design ideas

Patient experience and care trends inform new concepts


Army Corps of Engineers taking over Colorado VA hospital project

The project, originally priced at $328 million, is now expected to cost $1.73 billion


Parkland Hospital designed for comfort

Hospital will add 862 beds with private rooms for each patient


Survey shows little connection between healthcare sector and senior care

Just 10 percent of surveyed senior living providers and industry consultants have a partnership with a healthcare system, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Ontario clinic designed for flexible activity levels

The Halton McMaster Family Health Clinic was designed to function at varying activity levels, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


South L.A.'s MLK hospital reflects the new healthcare

The campus emphasizes preventive treatments, with a new urgent-care center and outpatient and public health clinics


Healthcare facility planner discusses regulations, economy

Regulations, economics and patient preferences are changing healthcare facilities and campuses


LED bulbs could help with infection control

LED bulb designs could be customized to be less attractive to specific disease-carrying insect species



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