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Life Cycle Cost—As If!

May 23, 2013

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I am a LEED AP, BD+C, HIJK, and have been such for nearly ten years.  I believe in the top and bottom-line benefits of sustainable design, and think green design provides a superior built environment for both individual and community…which is why I have had such a hard time reconciling my own conflicted feelings after […]

Healthcare for Pennies on the Dollar

May 21, 2013

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If anyone wonders what healthcare could look like if a publicly traded retail giant dove head-first into healthcare, let me offer this article.  Efficient healthcare, Walmart-style—imagine the possibilities! The subject of the article, Dr. Devi Shetty’s Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital, might ring a bell for readers, as it was featured in Fast Company as one of 2012’s […]

Cogen an EMR Guardian

May 17, 2013

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Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as Cogen[erated] power, continues to become more attractive to hospitals. First, CHP offers efficiency benefits, which translate to major utility savings over time.  Second, it is a proactive step toward compliance with increasingly restrictive energy initiatives already afoot.  Third, we know Cogen offers superior disaster preparedness due to less […]

Research to HC: Air it Out with Operable Windows

May 15, 2013

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For those who have not caught my post last week on new research about operable windows in hospitals and their role in infection control, the post was for Haskell’s (my company’s) blog, InMotion.

Big Health is Here

May 14, 2013

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You’ve heard of Big Auto.  Big Oil.  Banks too big to fail. Now introducing:  Big Health. The nation’s largest merger of two health systems, Trinity and Catholic Health East, went final; no anti-trust issues.  This merger creates the second-largest system in the U.S. Ascension Health is still the nation’s largest system by operating revenue, and […]

Infection Control Primer, Part I

May 9, 2013

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If you start a discussion about infection control with a hospital administrator, hand washing is likely to come up—and hand washing is a proven method for clinical cleanliness.  However, from a design standpoint, hand washing is a micro-level tactic to combat the 900-pound gorilla that is infection prevention.  There are macro-level strategies that, if not […]

Hospital PDC: Your Cinnamon Challenge?

May 7, 2013

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The Cinnamon Challenge.  If you have not heard of it, plug into pop culture for five minutes and hit YouTube.  It is the modern-day version of A Christmas Story’s tongue-meets-freezing-flag-pole double-dog dare.  Why is this relevant to hospital planning, design and construction (PDC)? Last week, the Advisory Board noted doctors have issued a message on […]