Health Facilities Management

Health Facilities Management is a publication of the American Hospital Association. It covers health facility design/architecture, construction and operations.

Articles from Vol. 26, No. 10, October

A Nurse's Perspective: How HCAHPS Surveys Relate to Health Care's Mission
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care. HCAHPS scores are included among...
Communication Is Key to Stopping Spread of VRE Infections
Patient sharing among hospitals in one county or region combined with a failure to share infection control information can lead to an increase in cases of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) at all hospitals in that county when one facility experiences...
Deluxe Redux: Lodgelike Replacement Facility Promotes Patient-Centered Care
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With the recent completion of a five-story structure housing a cancer center, medical offices and administrative services--the final phase of a decade-long master plan--Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs, Colo., has been...
Developing Staff Members into Leaders
There is a strong need for leaders in environmental services (ES). As our industry gets more competitive, so will be attracting, developing and retaining future ES leaders. It starts with the interviewing process. Selecting the right individuals...
Energy Matters: The Path to Efficiency Starts with EPA Benchmarking Tool
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Do you see energy-efficiency becoming more of a priority for hospitals? Yes. Hospitals are facing steep cuts in Medicare reimbursements and they're looking for savings to cover the shortfall. Energy costs are continuing...
Environments of Change
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you find it difficult to keep up with the pace of change in personal technology such as computers, smartphones and tablet devices, pity the health care architects, interior designers, information technology and environmental...
Floor Show: New Designs and Sustainability Drive Changes in What's Underfoot in Hospitals
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Whether it's hard or soft surface, natural or synthetic materials or modern vs. traditional design, hospital flooring has taken a turn toward increased durability and easy maintenance. Facility planners and designers want...
Managing Points of Access: Hospitals Assert Tighter Control over Vendor and Visitor Access to Improve Safety
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In recent years, hospital leaders have taken a closer look at ways to control access to their facilities for decidedly different security purposes. To better enforce supply chain protocols, reduce costs and improve patient...
New Mississippi Hospital Features Innovative Energy-Saving Systems
Demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Memphis, Tenn., ensured that the recently opened Methodist Olive Branch (Miss.) Hospital features energy-saving innovations rarely seen in U.S. hospitals. The first...
Safer Surfaces
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For health care interiors, "maintenance of the environment is critical," notes Chris Connelly, director of project management for paint and coating manufacturer Benjamin Moore & Co., Montvale, N.J. (www.benjaminmoore.com)....
Technology-Enabled Furnishings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Given the pervasive nature of clinical, business and consumer electronics in hospitals today, health care interiors must be "environments that are not only beautiful, but opportunities to access technology," says Nicole Allis,...
The Future of Technology Is Now at Research Lab
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City, announced the recent opening of a new, much larger space for its Transformation Lab, the event was significant for more reasons than one. It not only signified a new level...
Working toward Realistic Codes and Standards
Hospitals across the country can benefit from a recent decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS stated in an April memo that it would no longer require operating rooms to have at least 35 percent relative humidity as...

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