Industry News - August 2015

Boston children's hospital garden may be demolished

Supporters have asked Massachusetts Attorney to block the hospital from demolishing the garden to put up a new clinical building


Pharmacy clinics' role in healthcare growing

Use of the retail clinics has been on an upswing for preventive services


Report says HCAHPS surveys don't show the whole picture

Hospitals urged to start gathering a much greater depth of data to truly change the patient experience and impact business performance


Illinois nursing home resident monitoring law OK'd

Residents of nursing homes and their families can put audio- or video-monitoring devices in residents' rooms


Not lovin' it: Cleveland Clinic to boot McDonald's from food court

Clinic will discontinue a long-term lease that has allowed McDonald's to operate there for two decades


U.K. hospital has motorized buggy to help patients and visitors

People with mobility problems can flag down the buggy to catch a lift through the atrium at Southmead Hospital Bristol


The ups and downs of a new healthcare facility

A new hospital comes with its own set of challenges


Survey shows healthcare facilities managers salaries rising

Compensation for environmental services managers showed a jump experts say could be tied to healthcare's increasing focus on infection control results


Throwback photo: Fire forces hospital to move to riverboat

A river paddle steamer called Medoc had been transformed into a floating hospital


Controlling noise, disruption in patient rooms

Hospitals are rethinking how they function at night so that more patients can sleep


Startups bringing healthcare 'facilities' home

Companies building Uber-like models for medical care


California approves security cameras in assisted living homes patient rooms

Facility owner has been longtime advocate of cameras


Hong King bed linen probe finds multiple issues

Investigation of the fungal infection of public hospital bed linen has identified lapses in almost every stage of the laundry process


Walk-in clinics forcing healthcare providers to rethink delivery

Consumers increasingly are looking for faster and more convenient options to get basic medical care


'Retailization' changing medical office space

Healthcare industry changes are altering real estate needs


Hospital cited for food hygiene and safety lapses

Private facility in Eastbourne, England, told to take 'urgent action' to fix violations


Australian hospital admits mistakes made in rush to open

New facility hit with complaints about cleaning and catering, IT systems, staffing, cancelled operations and bed capacity


Maryland hospital joins shift to outpatient care

Hospital plans to eliminate 106 inpatient beds and shutter many of the non-emergency inpatient services by 2018


Yelp adding hospital and healthcare data to site

Survey information will include ER wait times and the quietness of patient rooms


Florida hospital says flushed wipes lead to sewage leaks

Venice Regional Bayfront Health says wipes used for infection control were flushed down the toilet and led to broken pipe


Coordinated efforts urged to prevent hospital-acquired infections

Communication between hospitals, long-term acute-care facilities and nursing homes could reduce the number of infections


Design/patient care link to be explored

New grant initiative is calling for research projects that study the relationship between emergency department design and emergency care


Downtown Detroit gets 'healthcare boutique' urgent care clinic

Henry Ford Health System site offers smartphone scheduling, virtual consultations, health concierges and wellness services including acupuncture


Kansas City hospital expands focus to surrounding properties

St. Luke's is also a real estate developer


Maryland hospital to be replaced with an outpatient facility

Dimensions Healthcare System will close Laurel Regional Hospital and replace it with a $24 million ambulatory care center



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