Why a Hospital Facility Director Should be Scared of the Dark

Hospital generator commissioning

September 2, 2015  |  Charles Hall

As kids, we were all a little scared of the dark. But when the lights go out in your hospital facilities, how much more afraid of the dark are you now? Some hospital facility directors may feel safe because they perform monthly and annual testing per code (NFPA 99 and NFPA 110), and have reliable… | Read More

Why Enlightened Self-Interest Improves Patient Care

Why Enlightened Self-Interest Improves Patient Care

August 26, 2015  |  Dianne Foster

Which would you rather take part in: an opportunity to enhance your skill set, or, a mandated quality improvement program? A recent study illustrates that investing in the professional growth of hospital staff improves outcomes. What a person does to enhance their own circumstances also enhances the well-being of those they serve. Consider the words of… | Read More

How To Not Be in the News for a Legionella Outbreak

How to not be in the news for a legionella outbreak

August 24, 2015  |  Charles Hall

With the recent reports of Legionella in the news, many facility managers wonder if an outbreak could happen at their hospital. It can. The following environments in healthcare facilities offer the ideal environment for Legionella growth: • Potable water system and outlets. These include the incoming service, water tanks, water softener, showers, and faucets. •… | Read More

How Will You Make Money If You Don’t Know What Nursing Costs?

nursing cost analytics

August 19, 2015  |  Dianne Foster

“We have to cut nursing costs” are dangerous words when we don’t know what it actually costs for nurses to deliver patient care. Often, nursing care is still considered part of Room and Board. Without a better understanding, we cannot know if we are making money, breaking even, or losing money. This becomes particularly important… | Read More

How to Improve Operating Room Efficiency and Profitability

How to improve operating room efficiency and profitability

August 12, 2015  |  Michelle Mader and Jennifer Nussbaum

Just as in a lifesaving surgical procedure, every minute counts when optimizing the operating room (OR.) Saving even one minute per procedure adds up over the course of a year to a substantial time and cost savings for a healthcare organization. Optimize block schedules A computer simulation model quantifies the effects of various block schedule… | Read More