Industry News - September 2015

Chicago hospital's plan to merge pediatric, adult ERs criticized

Stroger Hospital's merger plan spurred by a lower volume of pediatric cases


Hospitals issue debt at fastest pace in three years

More nonprofit hospital bonds are being issued as concerns over the Affordable Care Act largely fade


Federal funding may let VA finish Denver hospital

Funding measure would let the VA transfer $625 million from other accounts in its own budget


UPMC hires international expert on mold outbreaks

Transplant program is suspended after a fourth person contracts a fungal infection


Fungal cases at UPMC put focus on lack of transparency

There are no laws that require requires hospitals to report fungal infections


Healthcare facilities prepare for extra patients during Papal visit

Hospitals also are getting ready to host the personnel who will tend to them


Deaths of three patients with mold infections baffles UPMC

Officials struggling to find the source of the household mold


FDA warns about infections from bronchoscopes

Federal regulators expanded their warnings about medical scopes spreading infections


Cleaning medical instruments with ultrasound

Ultrasonic device shown to reduce contamination and risk of infection


UPMC mold infestation may be more serious

Mold was found in a several areas of the 20-bed cardiothoracic intensive care unit


Need for memory care spurring facility upgrades

Seniors and their families are demanding additional amenities and homelike settings, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Climate change offers opportunities for healthcare design

Healthcare facilities hold the moral authority to talk about the effects of climate change and lead efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance resiliency, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Pittsburgh hospital Cardiothoracic ICU shut down due to mold

Eighteen patients at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital relocated because of the infestation


US hospital ship brings care to poor in Haiti

The USNS Comfort has 1,000 beds and 100 surgeries will be performed


Healthcare design can improve care, saves money

Experts believe that through 2017, the United States will spend more than $200 billion to refurbish or build new facilities


Healthcare facility managers need to be flexible

The healthcare facility manager's ability to adapt increasingly important with Affordable Care Act


Design awards recognize healing atmosphere, efficiency

Modern Healthcare Design Award winners refine the healing environment concept and integrate the principles of value-based design


Hospital, punk music festival settle noise, parking issues

Compromises include restoring parking on the street in front of the hospital and monitoring sound within the hospital


EPA hazardous medications rule means big changes

New rule appears broader than prior proposals and creates new recordkeeping and notification requirements


VA believes Congress will OK funds for Colo. hospital

Head of healthcare system expected to get additional $625 million in October to complete over-budget facility


Dementia villages offer normalcy, security

Facilities that mimic every day life beneficial to dementia patients


Technology boosts hand-washing compliance from 25 to 98 percent

Indiana University Health foodservice department implements system that uses the RFID chip in an associate's badge


Largest Mass. healthcare system opens first urgent care facility

Partners Healthcare plans to open two more sites


Four die from Legionnaires' at Illinois VA facility

Twenty-nine cases of have been confirmed connected with the Illinois Veterans Home


New NOLA hospital is built to survive the worst

Ten years after Katrina, University Medical Center New Orleans was built to withstand pretty much anything Mother Nature can throw at it



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