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. 27, No. 11, November

Adapting to Change: Changing Health Care Delivery Impacts Facility Managers
What are the biggest challenges facing health care facility managers today? We may have become a field of mostly left-brained facility managers working in an increasingly right-brained world. What I mean is that the way we conducted our business...
Building Automation Options: Smarter Integrations Lead to Advanced Applications
The capabilities of building automation systems (BASs) have expanded significantly over the past several years. New systems are more complex and smarter than ever. BASs are being used to monitor and control HVAC equipment, lighting and occupancy in...
Building for Boomers: Hospitals Respond to a Generation Used to Being in Control
This year, the last of the baby boomers turn 50. The oldest are on the cusp of 70. As people born between 1946 and 1964 are getting older and becoming a predominant health care demographic, facility designs are responding to their needs and expectations....
Conference Reminds Attendees of Challenges
After returning from September's successful AHE Exchange 2014 show in Tampa, Fla., I'm reminded of something Winston Churchill said before the British House of Commons on May 2, 1935: "When the situation was manageable, it was neglected, and now that...
Customer Service Excellence: How ES Can Create Positive Patient Experiences
Some view customer service as all interactions between a customer and a product provider at the time of sale and thereafter. Others refer to it as the degree of assistance and courtesy granted to those who patronize a business. In the health care...
Decentralized Delivery: How Will Technology Influence Health Facility Design?
The pace of change in the planning and delivery of health care is often related to the rapid evolution and incorporation of health care technology. The impact of technology remains significant and will continue to evolve quickly. To paraphrase an often-used...
Health Care Groups Offer Online Resources for Ebola Preparedness
The urgency of preparing for and responding to patients even suspected of having Ebola became evident last month when a U.S. health care worker, who had helped to treat a patient who was diagnosed with Ebola and subsequently died in a Dallas hospital,...
Health Care Systems Seek Flame-Retardant-Free Furniture
Four major health care systems announced they will stop buying furniture treated with flame-retardant chemicals and use their collective purchasing power to persuade leading furniture companies to eliminate the toxic chemicals from their products....
Looking to the Future: Succession Planning for Health Facilities Managers
Hospitals bracing for facility manager retirements might do well to find people with the drive and ambition of Randy French, who jokes that upon entering the field more than a decade ago, "I'd be lucky at that point to replace a flapper on a toilet."...
Negative Vibrations: Protecting Sensitive Space and Equipment from Job-Site Interference
While a new building provides a health care organization with an exciting state-of-the-art facility, the construction process itself can impact the overall operations of the organization. For instance, it is well-known that construction activity...
New Health Care Community Aims to Keep Seniors Living Long and Well
Construction started last month on an acute care hospital that will serve as an anchor for Union Village, Henderson, Nev., a $1.2 billion integrated health care and senior living community touted as among the first of its kind in the world. Development...
PDC Summit to Spur Innovative Approaches
Hospitals are entering uncharted territory as they consider value-based delivery models and other changes on the horizon, and the professionals involved in planning, designing and building hospitals need to be prepared to blaze new trails. The International...
Tower to Reap Rewards from Hospital's Energy-Efficiency Investments
University Health System will reap financial rewards for investing in energy-efficient mechanical equipment and building materials installed in its new 10-story Sky Tower at University Hospital, San Antonio. The energy-efficient equipment and materials...
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