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LEED for Healthcare Rating System Review

January 31, 2011


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


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


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


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


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

Healthcare Social Media Getting Formalized

January 21, 2011


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 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


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, […]