Industry News - April 2016

CDC hasn't yet found source of Elizabethkingia outbreak in Wisconsin

The CDC said it “ruled out high-threat sources” including common medical products and tools and municipal water systems


Healthcare facilities serve free meals for kids

Three Presbyterian hospitals are the first in New Mexico to offer free meals for children


6 Illinois deaths tied to different strain of Elizabethkingia than seen in Wisconsin

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that the strain is genetically distinct


California hospital ripped over stalled tower

The hospital tower project at Tulare Regional Medical Center remains unfinished


Hospitals and mixed-use are a good fit

Adding hotels and restaurants around a hospital can bring in new patients


Hospital sterilizing departments recognized

The International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management has announced the winners of its 2016 awards


Garden supporters sue to stop Boston Children's Hospital expansion

Mass. attorney general won't intervene in hospital plans to demolish garden


Nominate an exceptional cleaning manager

Facility Cleaning Decisions award recognizes managers of cleaning operations


10 top patient safety hazards of 2016 named

ECRI Institute includes inadequate cleaning and disinfection of flexible endoscopes in list


Wisconsin officials waited months to announce Elizabethkingia outbreak

Wisconsin Department of Health Services began investigating the outbreak of Elizabethkingia in December


New facilities created to treat mental health emergencies

Extended boarding in chaotic emergency departments called detrimental to patients and physicians


Geisinger CEO speaks about system's efforts on patient satisfaction

In his first year at the helm of Geisinger Health System, the focus of David Feinberg, MD, includes improved patient experience


Convenience of retail clinics changing industry

Americans seek out after-hours care or care in a hospital’s emergency room more often than citizens of almost any other industrialized nation


Detroit hospital cancels surgeries because of discolored water

Patients, staff use bottled water, hand sanitizer at Henry Ford Hospital


Two babies die in hospital superbug outbreak

Seven others infected within a month at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban, South Africa


Hawaii passes bill to ban smoking at state health facilities

The measure headed to the governor would prohibit using tobacco and electronic smoking inside and outside the sites


Invention for killing mosquito eggs could help Zika fight

Team has successfully tested a low-cost, environmentally-friendly way of destroying eggs of a mosquito genus that spreads disease


Different colored bed sheets used to improve healthcare facility hygiene

Colored-bed-sheet system now mandatory in India's public hospitals


Elizabethkingia outbreak spreads to Illinois

Potentially fatal blood infection continues to spread throughout the Midwest


Architecture, engineering and construction firms are cautiously optimistic about Affordable Care Act

Survey of architecture, engineering and construction firms shows Affordable Care Act is seen as presenting new opportunities, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Tampa Bay area experiencing healthcare construction boom

Expanding population and mix of government, commercial insurance and private payers make Florida region an attractive market


Study says Yelp healthcare facility reviews useful

User reviews of hospitals may be more helpful than the official nationwide hospital survey


Is a healthcare facility's VIP syndrome worth the side effects?

Catering to high-profile patients often means breaking hospital protocols


Solutions to ER overcrowding fall short

Poor space planning, patient confusion swamping emergency rooms


Death of patient who fell from Maine hospital window investigated

While being treated for a head injury, man was able to open his hospital window enough to get out


Healthcare met politics long ago

ACA's fusion of politics and healthcare is nothing new. The federal and state governments have been involved in healthcare since the founding of our country, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website.


Health system opens grocery store in food desert

ProMedica in Toledo, Ohio, opens store with fresh foods, education and employment in a renovated facility


Tennessee hospital to close because of needed repairs

McNairy Regional Hospital will permanently close in May after parent company Tennova Healthcare conducts weeks of inspections


Dedicated clinics created to treat most fragile children

Hospitals are creating special clinics for those who may need a lifetime of coordinated care


Space problems at Florida hospital leaves patient in hallway for 2 days

Man was cared for in the hallway instead of a hospital room, because Florida Hospital Orlando was over capacity


Urgent care centers gain in popularity

According to the Urgent Care Association of America, there are 7,100 urgent care centers in the U.S.


Hospital addressing cause of Legionella death

Bath’s Royal United Hospital finds source of bacteria in water supply where victim was a patient.


MD Anderson Cancer Center submits plan to comply with new Texas gun law

New law will allow anyone holding a valid concealed handgun license to carry a gun on public college campuses



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