Maintain a Successful Intergenerational Team

January 18, 2013

Every facility employs people of multiple generations; from the “Silents” to the “Baby Boomers” to Generations “X” and “Y.” Each generation has similar values, from the importance of trust and respect to the desire to make a change in the …

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Keep Safety First With NFPA 101 Modifications

January 10, 2013

The National Fire Protection Agency 101, or the Life Safety Code, has evolved over the years to best protect healthcare facility patients. The changes made to the Life Safety Code, especially those made over the last 12 years, have helped …

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Properly Prepare for a Hospital Electrical Shutdown

January 3, 2013

Power outages and electrical system shutdowns can happen at any time. It is important for healthcare facilities to properly prepare for an electrical shutdown through testing and risk assessments. By taking the appropriate measures to prepare, a healthcare facility can …

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New NFPA Changes For the New Year

December 27, 2012

The New Year is just around the corner and, with a new year, new changes to existing facility codes may take place. As 2012 comes to an end, it is important for facility managers to remain up-to-date on the latest …

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Overcome Obstacles to the Commissioning Process

December 21, 2012

Commissioning is an integral component of a construction project. The commissioning process is the process of assuring that all systems and components of a building or industrial plant are design, installed, tested, operated and maintained according to the operational requirements …

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Achieve Success with Converged Communications

December 14, 2012

Healthcare facility communication is a continually evolving process. Over the last several years, technology has become an dominant factor in our everyday lives. Now, with converged communications, technology has found an influential place in healthcare facilities across the nation. Converged …

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Assess Your Hospital’s Success With HCAHPS

December 6, 2012

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS, are used by hospitals to assess and measure their patient’s hospital care perspective. These assessments provide a standardized way to collect data about patient care through a variety of survey …

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Create a Quality ICRA Plan

November 29, 2012

It is important for facilities to maintain a healthy environment during a construction project.  Therefore, Infection Control Risk Assessments, or ICRAs, are a necessary part of any construction project. These assessments, which were traditionally designed for projects occurring inside a …

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Four Tips to an Effective Project

November 21, 2012

Facility projects are a large undertaking. They require a detailed plan, a skilled staff and a knowledgeable project manager. To ensure that your next project is a success, remember and implement these four straightforward tips. Visualize the bigger picture. Like …

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Prepare Your Property For a Fire Emergency

November 13, 2012

Fires can happen anywhere at anytime; from forests to houses to the facilities you manage. Avoid spending millions of dollars in damage repairs by following these five life-and-facility-saving tips.   Plan it out. Establish a facility-wide plan for fire emergencies. …

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