Industry News - June 2015

Are TV makeovers killing healthcare design?

Reality TV home makeover shows have given an unrealistic look at the real work of design, especially in something as complex as healthcare, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Global opportunities for healthcare manufacturers

A recent roundtable organized by the White House focuses on how international trade policy can help American companies prosper in the international marketplace, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Florida VA says dead rats show pest control is working

Dead rats fall from the kitchen ceiling of the Tampa Bay veterans hospital


Swedish NICU design a collaborative effort

NICU design in Sweden has developed through the application of research and adjusted according to ongoing practice, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Senate may strip VA of authority over Aurora hospital construction

The change is one of several Congress is demanding before approving money to complete a half-finished medical center


20 most beautiful hospitals named

A new survey by Soliant Health recognizes the 20 most beautiful hospitals of 2015


Law buys more time for over-budget VA hospital

The legislation gives the VA limited, one-time authority to move about $150 million from 10 budget items and funds


Australian hospital construction costs on the rise

Regulatory constraints blamed for higher construction costs


Making a facility LGBT friendly

Specialized housing for LGBT seniors is a growing market as the baby boomers age, according to an article on Long-Term Living magazine


U.K. healthcare facility staffed by ghost?

Hospital worker takes Snapchat picture of 'dead girl' outside children's ward


OSHA plans healthcare safety focus for nurses

Healthcare has more reported workplace injuries than any other general industry


Nine regional pathogen treatment centers named

Nine healthcare facilities named regional treatment centers for patients with Ebola or other severe, highly infectious diseases


Vending machine found covering hospital cardiac arrest alarm

The blocking of the alarm called a 'serious breach of patient safety'


Montreal hospital has undertaken a cleaning blitz after outbreaks

Lakeshore General Hospital hit by four superbug outbreaks this year


Senator calls for release of scope manufacturers' records

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray addressed continuing concerns about 'superbug' infections linked to duodenoscopes


Exploring abandoned healthcare facilities

Derelict medical facilities offer a way to tour the history of American healthcare


Surveys emphasize comfort over outcomes, report says

Focus on comfort may hurt care quality improvement efforts


El Paso Children's Hospital pays price for fast growth with bankruptcy

Audits show the hospital at one point exceeded revenue projections but also spent a lot more than it brought in


Scope-maker counter-sues Virginia Mason hospital

The maker of medical scopes blamed for spreading dozens of 'superbug' infections at Virginia Mason Medical Center claims the hospital failed to use and clean the device properly


Hospital-based ambulatory surgery centers called best of both settings

Hospital-based ambulatory surgery centers follow the same strict regulatory and quality-control guidelines that apply to hospitals


Better bariatric care by design

A new classification for bariatric patients that looks beyond BMI is being urged, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Bioinformed design can improve hospital ecosystems

New healthcare facility design models look at biodiversity of interior spaces at the microbial level to try to determine the healthiest conditions, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Wisconsin healthcare providers unveil portable shelter system

Mobile system designed to bring care to communities where healthcare facilities are temporarily inoperable


Flashback photo: Gottlieb Memorial Hospital

The entrance canopy was considered controversial when the state-of-the-art medical facility addition was completed in 1961


Hospitals with the quietest patient rooms

Data from Hospital Compare tracks surveys from July 2013 through June 2014


Aurora VA project getting another $100 million bailout

Construction will continue on a new veterans medical center near Denver



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