Trending News - January 2016

Alder Hey project builds a park into a hospital

Plans for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, England, included 270 beds and a view of the park from every room, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Las Vegas Valley getting new hospital model

Dignity Health plans four smaller neighborhood hospitals


Queens housing homeless in hospital’s decontamination unit

The unit, located in a trailer at Elmhurst Hospital, is so cramped that people who seek refuge are forced to sleep in chairs


293 patients at Mass. hospital possibly endangered by improperly disinfected colonoscopes

Baystate Noble Hospital may have been exposed to hepatitis, HIV from colonoscopies


Emory University Hospital had 72 hours to ready isolation unit for 2014 Ebola patients

U.S. State Department told authorities at Emory to prepare for the arrival of the first of two U.S. Ebola patients


New ER model means less cost and shorter visit

ZOOM+ Super ER concept is meant to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations


Impact of design on staff satisfaction and well-being key concern for 2015

The Center for Health Design conducts an informal survey to discover which topics are top of mind for conference attendees, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


East Coast healthcare facilities prepared for storm

Hospitals prepared facilities for historic blizzard


Aurora Health Care to invest $40 million in sports research center

Aurora will invest in Marquette University's Athletic Performance Research Center on its Milwaukee campus


New cancer center design stresses the need for human and natural connections

Charleston Area Medical Center’s (CAMC) new cancer center offers southern West Virginia cancer diagnosis and treatment services in one location, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Utah legislation would allow cameras in assisted living facility rooms

Devices raise privacy concerns for residents and visitors


Nursing home residents in North Texas in limbo after tornado damages facility

Thirty-plus women living with Alzheimer’s and dementia had to be moved after their nursing home was damaged in the recent tornado outbreak.


Boston Medical Center's 208,000-pound bridge installed in one day

The bridge will be used to transport patients directly from hospital’s existing helipad to the redesigned Emergency Department


Death after mechanical lift accident at nursing home spurs concerns

An 83-year-old resident of Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington, Mass., dies after fall from lift


Healthcare facility’s LEED Silver design reflects Cherokee history

The concept for the Vinita Center started with the idea that architecture should be familiar to the local population


Comparing boomer and millennial healthcare facility design preferences

In a study comparing boomer and millennial clinic selection criteria, the groups shared healthcare coverage and perceived cleanliness as top concerns, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Indiana hospital opens $83 million surgery center expansion

Elkhart General Hospital's double the number of surgery and endoscopy suites


Healthcare facilities could be penalized for banning guns under Texas law

Health officials try to determine where weapons can be banned


Designing facilities for the international patient

Successful programs have developed special staff and facilities to ease the way for global patients


$700 million to rebuild Brooklyn hospital still unspent

Gov. Cuomo proposed spending $700 million to improve the struggling Brookdale Hospital almost a year ago


Healthcare facility expands before construction ends

Wisconsin project adds four floors and meets original deadline


Mayo Clinic plans $92.7 million in facility and equipment upgrades

The investment supports Mayo's Destination Medical Center initiative by positioning the provider as a global healthcare destination, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Healthcare facility design reflects changing healthcare system

Indiana hospital's plans reflect more competitive market


Report finds more infections from dirty scopes

At least 250 people have contracted infections spread by contaminated medical scopes in the past three years, according to a new report commissioned by Sen. Patty Murray


N.Z. hospital water supply threatened by political dispute

Wellington Hospital could be denied access to emergency water supplies in the event of a disaster


Advocate to buy Chicago Walgreens health clinics

The deal includes all 56 of the in-store clinics in the region


San Diego healthcare facility completes modernization with minimal disruption

East Tower Nursing Unit at Sharp Grossmont Hospital gets an overhaul


More hospitals adding birthing centers

Labor and delivery next service getting upgrade


Arkansas health facility launches $130 million master plan

The plan calls for changes and additions to the medical center’s Ben E. Owens Cancer Treatment Center and the Heartcare Center


California hospital honored for forward-thinking design

Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits recognized one of the Top Projects in the North Bay


'First-of-its-kind' medical campus planned in Houston

Guiding principles of project to exceed current healthcare industry standards


Missouri hospital designed for a culture of innovation

A core team of representatives of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - Jefferson City led the visioning process to transform the physical environment of the replacement hospital, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospital's use of temporary furnaces causes air quality problems

Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital's furnace repair issues have caused some staff to be moved


Healthcare changes may create position 'chief patient experience officer'

New age of healthcare may also create chief reputation officer, chief quality officer and chief empathy officer


California medical centers designed for efficiency

$1.5 billion University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center at Mission Bay is LEED-Gold certified


New hazardous waste rules focus on labs and healthcare facilities

A proposed rule focuses on hazardous waste pharmaceuticals


California university creates wellness oasis

California State University Northridge renovates a two-story classroom and office building into the Oasis Wellness Center, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Conn. healthcare facility enhances care by design

Stamford Integrated Care Pavilion will be an ambulatory and specialty care facility that offers patients access to coordinated services


Uber plans to expand into healthcare in 2016

UberHealth was used in more than 35 U.S. cities to transport nurses to administer flu shots


Florida hospital facilities manager named Engineer of the Year

John Newman was named the 2015 Engineer of the Year by the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association


Expansions boost Ohio region's hospital competition

Three area hospital systems realigned services to stay competitive in north central Ohio


Teens invents ultra-hygenic door handle

The handle is coated with titanium dioxide, a mineral that is effective at killing germs, especially when exposed to the ultra-violet spectrum of natural light


UPMC mold investigation focuses on negative pressure room

Three infected patients were put into a negative pressure room because the ICU was full


Healthcare facilities coming to the workplace

New retail health clinic offering health and wellness services at an office complex


Cannabis dispensary balances security, comfort

The reception area at Windy City Cannabis resembles waiting rooms at other healthcare offices


Water pipes contain beneficial bacteria

Researchers discover that drinking water is to a large extent purified by millions of "good bacteria" found in water pipes and purification plants


Expect hospitals to overhaul current systems in 2016

Hospitals updating to stay relevant in current healthcare market


Orthopedic facility design reflects 'life in motion'

The Harford Hospital Bone & Joint Institute was designed with sinuous lines and sculptural forms. Curved white metal panels with extensive ribbon windows wrap the exterior, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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