Category Archives: Acute Care

Bed Shortage? How to Stretch Hospital Capacity-Part 2

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May 27, 2015  |  Kathy Clarke

Every system has surges in volume, whether they are predictable or unpredictable surges. Most facilities were not designed to handle either type of surge – it’s simply not cost effective. But staff can make the best of their inflexible facilities by knowing what to do in case of a surge in volume. In the previous… | Read More

Bed Shortage? How to Stretch Hospital Capacity-Part 1

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May 26, 2015  |  Kathy Clarke

Every system has surges in volume, whether they are predictable or unpredictable surges. Most facilities were not designed to handle either type of surge – it’s simply not cost effective. But staff can make the best of their inflexible facilities by knowing what to do in case of a surge in volume. There is a… | Read More

The Truth About Unscheduled Patients: Predictably Reliable

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April 15, 2015  |  Kristyna Culp

On any given day, a hospital knows its quantity of surgical patients because they schedule cases at least a week in advance. They can also predict the number of discharges and unscheduled patients even though they may seem random. With less precision, of course, but determining patterns and average ranges is not rocket science. When… | Read More

Don’t Automatically Assume You Must Replace the Oldest Equipment First

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October 31, 2014  |  Charlie Hall

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, many organizations struggle with the inherent conflict between cost-effective care and aging/overbuilt acute care facilities. Will reform improve patient care? Absolutely, but only if it creates a well-coordinated delivery system with facilities that are efficient and competitive. In this series, we discuss principles to guide investment in inpatient… | Read More

Reconsidering Inpatient Infrastructure Expenditures

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October 30, 2014  |  Charlie Hall

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, many organizations struggle with the inherent conflict between cost-effective care and aging/overbuilt acute care facilities. Will reform improve patient care? Absolutely, but only if it creates a well-coordinated delivery system with facilities that are efficient and competitive. In this series, we discuss principles to guide investment in inpatient… | Read More

The Judicious Use of Demolition is Key to Rightsizing a Hospital for the Future

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October 29, 2014  |  Mark Furgeson

 As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, many organizations struggle with the inherent conflict between cost-effective care and aging/overbuilt acute care facilities. Will reform improve patient care? Absolutely, but only if it creates a well-coordinated delivery system with facilities that are efficient and competitive. In this series, we discuss principles to guide investment in inpatient… | Read More

Navigating the Conflict Between Cost-Effective Care and Aging Facilities

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October 28, 2014  |  Mark Furgeson

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, many organizations struggle with the inherent conflict between cost-effective care and aging/overbuilt acute care facilities. Will reform improve patient care? Absolutely, but only if it creates a well-coordinated delivery system with facilities that are efficient and competitive. In this series, we discuss principles to guide investment in inpatient… | Read More