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Growth Prospect: Cogenerated Power

October 10, 2012


Portfolio theory garnered the Nobel Prize in economics because of an innovative approach to a long-standing finance conundrum: how to maximize financial return for a given risk profile. In a nutshell, portfolio theory proved that by spreading risk among several different investments, financial risk would be substantially minimized, thus maximizing financial returns. Although there is […]

Growth Prospect: Support Services Consolidation

April 6, 2012


Real estate on hospital campuses has always been valuable. Just how valuable…well that is being further clarified by current building trends. One of those efforts is the consolidation of healthcare support services, and their relocation to areas away from the main hospital. Support service is a catch-all term for anything not directly linked to diagnosis, […]

Growth Prospect: Hospitals’ New Green Energy

August 10, 2011


What does a healthcare facility do when it has maxed out its creativity in search of savings at its campus? After a hospital has built responsibly, and instituted sustainable initiatives like commissioning, campus-wide lighting and HVAC adjustment, and tapped out recycling—all of which offer substantial long-term savings—green energy may be a legitimate option.  In Buildings magazine’s energy saving products […]

Growth Prospect: Blood Supply

June 13, 2011


Healthcare treatment can get pretty complicated given the technology, engineering and skill required to treat some patients. Yet, some of the most simple aspects can pose the greatest threats to a system. Case in point:  when I first heard of an American Red Cross blood shortage years ago, I struggled to comprehend. Then I realized […]

Growth Prospect: Simulation

April 6, 2011


The University of Virgina’s (UVA) new medical school is a showcase in technology believed to be ubiquitous in the future: simulation. Simulation has been a learning tool employed in the past in everything from student driving to pilot and military training. Currently, simulation also presents itself in healthcare design. Healthcare designers execute mock-ups and scenarios to watch people […]

Growth Prospect: Disease Management Program

February 7, 2011


When I initially came across this white paper from McKinsey on disease management programs (DMPs), a bell went off because it reminded me of the struggles rural healthcare providers discussed at the various rural health conferences I have attended recently.  McKinsey defines a DMP as a “standardized, coordinated set of evidence-based interventions whose goals are to enhance […]

Growth Prospect: Healthcare Design Liaison

January 12, 2011


In the Fall 2010 issue of the Health Environments Research & Design Journal, D. Kirk Hamilton wrote a well-argued piece on the lack of rigor in healthcare design. Hamilton’s article is self-effacing, forthright and nothing short of courageous for questioning not only the design profession’s service to healthcare, but his own body of work. In […]