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Ensuring a Safe Job

July 31, 2012


One of the more difficult topics to communicate to a hospital is a company’s role in, and record on, project safety. Safety is one of those slippery topics that, like quality, is challenging because it is subjective and occasionally elusive. Most owners would agree they want safety in all projects. Who could argue safety is […]

RFP Process: Courtesy, Please

July 24, 2012


Last week, I was able to meet with a hospital to get a debrief, which is a short meeting to gain insight into why you were not selected in a request for proposal (RFP) or interview. It is invaluable because firms can get an unvarnished perspective on how to improve their content and communication, as well as find out who […]

Pitfalls of Regulatory Review

July 23, 2012


No one wants his healthcare project delayed by a code official—no hospital administrator, no architect, no contractor—because it benefits no one. Within the regulatory environment for healthcare projects, many similarities exist between states.  Each state has its hurdles, though they vary by locale. In one town, it may be a local political appointee, the environmental reviewer, a military […]

When One Size Does Not Fit All

July 21, 2012


Hospitals walk a fine line today between differentiating themselves from competitors, and unnecessarily running up expenses. The Emergency Department is one place these two ideologies clash. On one hand, we see EDs catering toward a particular population.  Senior EDs have been discussed for a couple of years.  Children’s EDs are also coming into vogue in some […]

Lean HC in 27 Words

July 20, 2012


I have covered the basics of lean design in previous posts—especially how design-build best embodies lean priciples.  However, I was inspired by a Becker’s and Advisory Board posting and applied lean to a description of lean to best communicate the fundamentals of lean design with the least amount of verbiage.  It is not quite tweet-worthy, but enjoy: […]

CON Value Called into Question

July 13, 2012


Becker’s Hospital Review reports that funding for South Carolina’s Certificate of Need (CON) program for 2013 was vetoed by the Governor.  Governor Haley feels it is not the role of the state to determine communities’ needs for healthcare or equipment.  Make that one emphatic vote of ‘no confidence’ for the CON, and one emphatic vote for […]

Balloon Test…Are You Serious?

July 11, 2012


Last week I read about how a new proposed hospital in Florida concerned some citizens. Basically, the residents of part of Winter Garden, FL want to know how a proposed 60 acre facility design would impact their neighborhood, particularly how height, noise, safety—the usual concerns—will impact their living environment. In an effort to appease the surrounding neighborhoods of the new […]