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. 28, No. 12, December

ASHE Launches New Website for Members
ASHE recently unveiled a new website that is easier to navigate and more mobile-friendly. The new site uses easy-to-read text and a responsive design to access information from smartphones. It was also reorganized to enable members to find information...
Building a Safe Environment: Health Care Designers Prioritize Patient Safety While Crews Limit Construction Effects
In this era of closer scrutiny of cost and quality of care, patient safety is front and center even before construction starts and the design is still in the planning stage. The stakes are higher than ever due to changes in federal reimbursement...
Bundle Up to Fight Infections: Patient Safety Efforts Widen to Help Hospitals Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
In 2012, South Seminole Hospital in Orlando, Fla., began a broad-based initiative to improve patient safety and reduce health care-associated infections at the 200-bed facility. All links in the infection prevention chain were examined as part of a...
Creating a Culture of Safety: Facilities Professionals Play Bigger Role in Maintaining Patient Welfare
Health facilities professionals know that creating a safe environment for patients is vastly more complicated than just implementing effective hand-hygiene programs and installing seamless epoxy flooring to prevent slips and falls. In today's health...
Cybersecurity Group Targets Hacker Threat to Medical Devices
Cybersecurity experts, representing groups from NASA to academic medicine, have formed a committee targeting the small but potentially lethal threat in which a hacker takes control of a medical device, an act known by some as "medjacking." The Diabetes...
Design Standards for Imaging Spaces: Complying with New Joint Commission Safety Requirements
For the first time, the Joint Commission is requiring accredited providers to comply with new modality-specific imaging standards as a part of their accreditation. Written partly in response to medical radiation exposure accidents that drew public...
Ensuring Safe Hospitals through Interior Design: Health Care Interior Designer Jain Malkin's Work Evokes Style and Smarts Supported by Her Knowledge of Evidence-Based Design
What key factors are shaping evidence-based design (EBD) trends in health care today? I would not characterize EBD as trend-oriented. It is a research framework for planning and designing an acute care or outpatient facility, whether new construction...
Improving Patient Satisfaction through Front-Line Leaders
Often, customer service is described simply as the degree to which the recipients of the service are satisfied with its level and quality. However, this description does not reflect values and character; nor does it depict a culture that supports front-line...
Infrastructures to Improve Safety: Technology and Engineering Systems Help to Boost Environment of Care
Patient falls were the largest category of adverse events reported several years ago at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis. While the hospital had purchased a portable bed exit alarm system, problems persisted because the unit often was unavailable,...
Kaiser Bans Use of 13 Antimicrobials in New Facilities
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif., has banned the use of 13 antimicrobial chemicals and elements in its building projects going forward, according to one of its recent bulletins. John Kouletsis, vice president for facilities planning and design,...
Linking Patient Safety and the Supply Chain: Health Care Systems Are Integrating New Patient-Centered Processes into Delivery
As Geisinger Health System of Danville, Pa., celebrates its centennial this year, its supply chain is evolving to become even more patient-centric. To support the integrated system's founding vision of excellence ("Make it Right, Make it the Best!"),...
Perspectives on Patient Safety
Health facilities professionals carry a wide range of responsibilities covering numerous facets of hospital, clinic and medical office design, construction and operations. In fact, their duties are so broad that their patient safety roles often are...
Survey: Hospitals Are Better Prepared to Confront Ebola
Infection prevention and control (IPC) leaders say their facilities are more prepared today than a year ago to handle a patient with a highly infectious disease like the Ebola virus, but ICP leaders are concerned that many organizations are not providing...
The Front Lines of Patient Safety: Multilevel Efforts Improve the Care Environment
The Affordable Care Act carries with it a carrot-and-stick approach to improving hospital safety. And while debate continues about the fairness and equity of the rewards and punishments, there's no argument that hundreds of hospitals already are paying...
Virtual Care Center Connects Worlds of Technology and Nature
Distinctive for its high-tech method of delivering comprehensive health care from one remote site, the new $54 million Mercy Virtual Care Center, Chesterfield, Mo., is designed to foster collaboration in a flexible space that also keeps its staff connected...
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