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LEED for Healthcare Rating System Review

January 31, 2011

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Late last year the much-anticipated LEED for Healthcare Rating System was released by the USGBC. It had a longer-than-expected journey to adoption, and you can read some of that here. The short story is LEED 2009 for Healthcare New Construction and Major Renovations is a hybrid of what the USGBC thought was important for sustainable design and […]

Integration is a Discipline

January 28, 2011

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Several months ago I attended a seminar on behavioral health in the hospital environment. The presentation showed how it takes both a clinical change and a structural change to make the treatment methods work. For instance, a structural attribute would be convenient co-location of key components within the building. A clinical attribute would be shared medical […]

The Value Behind Value Engineering

January 26, 2011

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Value engineering’s history began with General Electric’s “value analysis” process in the 1930s, where unnecessary costs were identified and eliminated from projects. This process shares a lot with modern day’s lean processing, which seeks to eliminate anything which does not add to quality, use, appearance or function. The Department of Defense is credited with the […]

‘Luxury Amenities Draw Patients’

January 24, 2011

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In yet a more emphatic statement on healthcare design’s response to customer (patient) demands, I submit the St. Petersburg Times from earlier this week: “Some Hospitals Invest in Luxury Amenities To Draw Patients.” This article is a complement to my previous post from the patient perspective.  For me, the major takeaways from the article: The […]

Quality Estimate Starts Any Project Right

January 22, 2011

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Click here to read my latest for Healthcare Design’s blog posted earlier this week.

Healthcare Social Media Getting Formalized

January 21, 2011

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Back in September I noted an article by North Florida Doctor outlining how some Jacksonville area hospitals were incorporating social media into their operations.  Interestingly, two months later a piece by the American Medical News (via iHealthbeat.org) notes that hospitals are not only more engaged in social media (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs), but hiring people to train, […]

Health Care Reform Bill Update

January 19, 2011

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I am not a policy expert, and I chime in very rarely on legislative issues that affect healthcare. However, at the Virginia Rural Health Association’s (VRHA) Annual Meeting I heard from a lobbyist who is deeply involved with the healthcare legislation.  Her name is Maggie Elehwany and she shed some interesting light on the bill, […]