Industry News - January 2016

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


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.


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


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


Healthcare facilities could be penalized for banning guns under Texas law

Health officials try to determine where weapons can be banned


$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 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


More hospitals adding birthing centers

Labor and delivery next service getting upgrade


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


New hazardous waste rules focus on labs and healthcare facilities

A proposed rule focuses on hazardous waste pharmaceuticals


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


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



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