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Limiting Food Waste to Drive Sustainability Within Healthcare Facilities


Whether it’s due to growing public expectations or the associated incentives available to healthcare systems, our healthcare teams are noticing that implementing environmentally friendly initiatives is a growing priority for leaders within this sector.

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Three Key Elements for Proactive Disaster Preparedness


Hospitals across the U.S. responded to large scale natural disasters in 2023. Handling the unexpected is at the core of healthcare, but proactive preparation leads to a more effective and streamlined response when a disaster impacts operations. No matter the facility or disaster, the three steps are critical when implementing disaster preparedness plans.

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Addressing Ligature Risks in the Patient Room and Beyond


Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, reports The Joint Commission (TJC), bringing an intense scrutiny to ligature risks within healthcare facilities. TJC studies suggests that suicide prevention efforts in hospital settings should focus primarily on reducing the risks of death by hanging. It stands to reason that if many suicide attempts are impulsive, then reducing environmental risks and opportunities for self-harm is vital for curbing suicides in healthcare settings. 

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Shining a Light on Eclipse Risks: Preparing Healthcare Facilities for the Solar Spectacle


On April 8, skies will darken midday in 15 states in a much-anticipated total solar eclipse, bringing a surge of spectators to locations in the path of totality. Healthcare leaders in areas within the path of totality should plan now to prepare for potential risks that may impact healthcare facilities during the eclipse.

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Expanding on Best Practices: A Guide to Healthcare Facility Construction in 2024 and Beyond


"When a healthcare organization spends time re-evaluating current practices and strengthening strategies, the team can more effectively meet goals and build facilities that are well-equipped to operate efficiently and serve their communities effectively."

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How to Establish a Diverse Supplier Sourcing Strategy


"One misconception about vendor diversity programs is that they only cater to the interests of the vendors. In reality, a diverse supplier base not only offers direct benefits to healthcare organizations including reliability and resiliency along the supply chain but also contributes to the long-term growth of local communities, further supporting the development of MVWBEs and small businesses along the way."

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4 Questions to Spark Strategic Healthcare Budget Discussions


For healthcare leadership teams, the process of developing capital and operational budgets offers an opportunity to execute overarching organizational goals. In order to successfully align budgets with strategic efforts, leaders must begin by outlining long-term objectives to guide decisions.

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Encouraging Female Leadership in the Healthcare Industry


Women make up the majority of the healthcare workforce but lack proportional representation in leadership roles. While more women have taken positions of leadership in recent years, there is plenty of room for continued growth.

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Rural Disaster Response: Maintaining Safe Operations to Weather the Storm


When severe weather strikes, patients rely on their hospitals to continue serving the community during and after a disaster. For rural communities, severe weather has the potential to cause major disruption to a healthcare system due to a lack of resources.

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Improving Quality of Care and Efficiency Through Innovative Solutions


Innovation is a crucial part of maintaining a successful healthcare organization. From keeping up with advancements in treatments and medications to upgrading facility systems, healthcare leaders need to stay up to date on regulations and encourage their teams to find new solutions to ensure they are delivering high-quality care.

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Driving Results with a People-Centered Approach to Healthcare Service


At healthcare facilities, the needs of patients come first. While organizations need to implement strong business strategies to remain open and continue acting as an essential resource for the community, all decisions should be mission-driven rather than profit-driven.

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4 Ways a Fully Integrated Facilities Services Model Drives Patient Experience


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines the patient experience as “the range of interactions patients have with the healthcare system, including their care from health plans, and from doctors, nurses, and staff in hospitals, physician practices, and other healthcare facilities.” As the largest sole provider of healthcare facilities services in the U.S., Medxcel is uniquely positioned to contribute to the physical environment that further impacts the patient experience.

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Sustainability Initiatives for Facility Management


The effects of climate change and benefits of sustainability become clearer over time. With growing public expectations, government mandates and associated incentives, healthcare facility managers are prioritizing climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable operations.
Over the next few decades, facilities will integrate sustainability initiatives into facility operations to reach long-term targets. Achieving these goals will require time and continuous development. Creating an effective plan to reduce your organization’s carbon footprint can make these efforts easier to manage and more impactful.

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Laying the Foundation for a New Year


The new year marks a natural reset after the busy holiday season, which is why New Year’s resolutions are so popular on a personal level. For organizations, creating resolutions offers an opportunity to re-evaluate priorities and strategies. Of course, projects, successes and challenges will carry over from the previous year, but the beginning of a new year gives us all a chance to set new goals and start the year off strong.

As we head into the new year, we’re focusing on three ways you can start your healthcare facility out on the right foot for 2023.

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After the Storm: Hurricane Recovery


We may be at the tail end of hurricane season (June–November), but it’s necessary to stay vigilant. In the past few months alone, we have seen the tragic effects of Hurricanes Fiona, Ian and Nicole. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information’s U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather & Climate Disasters 1980-2022 Analysis, two tropical cyclone events (Fiona and Ian) have caused losses exceeding $1 billion as of Oct. 11, 2022. Hurricane Ian caused $1.8 billion in damages to Florida’s agriculture alone. The full amount of the impact is still being calculated.

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Three Tactics for Increasing Handwashing Compliance in Healthcare Facilities


handwashing.jpgProper handwashing is one of the most basic and effective elements of infectious disease protocol and protecting vulnerable patients. While it’s easy to assume your associates are taking precautions and washing their hands, handwashing compliance levels often falter over time, according to a University of Chicago Medical Center study.

Healthcare workers on average are only washing their hands half as many times as they should be per shift, according to the CDC, which recommends washing hands before and after each patient encounter to prevent spreading germs to other patients and staff members, even when gloves are being worn. Frequent and facility-wide use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, in addition to washing with soap and water, can have a significant impact on preventing healthcare-associated infections.

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How to Handle a Twindemic


As flu season begins to impact patients and facilities nationwide, public health experts are warning hospitals to prepare for a “twindemic” – or even “tripledemic” – during which they might be treating a large influx of COVID-19 and flu or RSV patients simultaneously this winter.
During the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, flu season was mild from heightened precautions, such as working from home, decrease in social gatherings, and use of masks and hand sanitizer. However, a return to open offices and social gatherings and a decrease in mask use could allow another severe outbreak to occur. Furthermore, Australia's flu season, which occurs before our flu season in the northern hemisphere, saw an early arrival of flu and the highest number of flu cases in the past five years. This is a good reminder that healthcare facilities should put plans into place to ensure they are ready to face the challenges this flu season may present.

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Ensuring a Safe and Compliant Healing Environment


For healthcare facilities, rules and regulations act as a foundational shield against preventable harm within the physical environment. Without a comprehensive compliance strategy, facilities may face legal and financial repercussions, in addition to putting patients, staff and visitors at risk.
Implementing strong compliance strategies can even out what may otherwise be a race to readiness months prior to your triennial survey. By setting your compliance course in a manner that provides an “always-ready” steadiness, you can avoid the mental stress and be confident of safety and success during any unscheduled survey.

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Building the Foundation for Effective Acute Care


Acute care facilities serve a variety of patients each day, so healthcare teams must be prepared to meet a wide range of needs.
For remodels and new construction, design elements create a supportive foundation for high-quality patient care. The goal is to enhance comfort in an inherently stressful space through intentional design choices.

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Three questions to ask while designing a behavioral health facility


Detail-oriented facility planning and design creates the foundation for effective healthcare treatment. For facilities that aim to treat conditions related to mental health or substance abuse, there are specific considerations designers must take into account to create the right environment.
Designing a behavioral health facility goes beyond following compliance standards. In order to create a safe and supportive healing environment, your team has to make intentional decisions. Asking the right questions along the way is an important part of ensuring the safety, privacy and comfort of your clients.

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