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Balancing Patient Care and Sustainability


Hospitals are one of the biggest energy consumers in the business sector. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist patients seeking treatment and physicians providing care. Every hospital operation requires energy to function within its tight safety and environmental limits, which include environmental systems that maintain humidity levels and adequate pressurization and the ability to produce steam to disinfect equipment for procedures.


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Compliance 201: Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Facility


Regulations and compliance standards are critical in healthcare. They improve patient safety, monitor care quality and hold healthcare professionals accountable to their patients and communities. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 presented new operational and safety challenges to healthcare facilities that tested their abilities to pivot from entrenched standards to rapidly changing guidelines. Medxcel’s facilities fared well in the face of pandemic-related compliance changes because we go beyond the basics when it comes to keeping patients, staff and visitors safe.

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Disaster Preparation & Recovery with FEMA Assistance


Mid-December is not when you expect to see tornado warnings. Unfortunately, this month saw a devastating tornado event across the South and Midwest that left 88 dead and 122 missing. The first priority of a healthcare facility is always the provision of care in the community. Healthcare workers and first responders take responsibility for the first step of the healing process after a disaster. However, when damages from a severe storm impact a facility's ability to provide care, the next steps taken for recovery are crucial.

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Managing a Pandemic Response: Omicron Variant


You don’t have to look too far to find news headlines about the latest COVID-19 variant and how quickly it can spread among individuals. While initially identified in South Africa, Omicron now makes up roughly 95% of new COVID-19 infections as of this writing. We have touched on this topic before, but as new strains continue to pop up, we must ensure we are prepared for COVID for the long run by learning about variants’ transmissibility and applying the knowledge we have gained during the pandemic thus far.

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Facility Design and Technology: A Pandemic Response


The battle with COVID-19 is not over just yet. As we complete year two of a global pandemic, the loved ones we have lost, the economic turmoil of worldwide shutdown and questions surrounding prevention have all been at the forefront of our minds. Meanwhile, facility design and healthcare technology are probably not things you consider very often, if at all.

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Lessons Learned From “Outside the Patient’s Door” This Season


On the debut season of “Outside the Patient’s Door,” we talked with some of healthcare’s top innovators to hear how they are tackling the complex problems many leaders and the healthcare industry as a whole face today. Since we’ve uncovered a myriad of great ideas and strategies, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what our guests shared with us in season one. Here are the highlights:

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How Hospitals Responded to the Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic required organizations to reimagine their operations. Healthcare facilities big and small, urban and rural, all experienced challenges that they met head-on with constant pivoting and operational changes in order to protect their patients and employees. Let’s explore how the responses of hospital facilities have and continue to mitigate COVID challenges.

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Preventing Burnout in Healthcare


In an environment where burnout is prevalent, ensuring healthcare workers feel appreciated and engaged is vital to the health of an organization. Due to the nature of the work, it is incredibly important to help nurses, physicians and all other healthcare facility professionals see that they’re valued in their work environment by their colleagues, leaders and patients.
When appreciation is a part of a company’s culture, it leads to lower rates of burnout, higher retention and better patient outcomes. Read on to learn how to craft simple yet impactful programs that ensure associates feel valued.

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Creating Safe Environments That Empower Leadership


Successful leaders empower their teams, but how do you place trust in others when wrong decisions can be detrimental to patient care? Read on as we provide guidance on how organizations can entrust their teams to make their own decisions.

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The Invaluable Benefits of Facilities Management


COVID-19 certainly challenged the healthcare industry as a whole. But there was one group that helped set all healthcare facilities up for success: facilities management teams. These teams were prepared to pivot and adapt quickly at a time when every moment counted (and still does!). Facilities management teams are an invaluable benefit and service of healthcare organizations, one that can reduce costs, ensure safety and get your facility back to what you do best – caring for patients.


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The Delta Variant Means it’s Time to Prepare for COVID for the Long Run


COVID continues to dominate the news and our emergency rooms. The Delta variant has been the primary strain in the U.S. for some time now, and additional variants of concern/interest are also circulating. While we hoped for a clear end to the pandemic, experts predict that COVID will become endemic, in that it will continue to circulate for years to come.

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Encouraging Engaged Excellence in Healthcare


At Medxcel, we believe in motivating our healthcare facilities to be engaged with our partners and communities to encourage connection, education and improvement. We even have an awards program dedicated to it! The Sites of Engaged Excellence Awards -- or SEE Awards -- recognize engagement excellence in our hospitals.

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Medxcel Recognized as an Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplace®


Workplace culture is always important, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been imperative for our associates to feel appreciated and inspired.  We are proud of the programs we have in place to boost our associates, as well as the new programs we’ve implemented in the past year to address the changing workplace. We’re also honored to be recognized by Achievers as one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces® for our efforts, but it’s our associates who made the recognition possible.

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Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Healthcare Space


Many years ago, it was common practice for doctors to make house calls.  Over time, healthcare was centralized in offices or hospitals to increase efficiencies.  As technology advances, physicians are once again able to make “house calls”, albeit virtually.  Virtual visits allow the healthcare industry to practice sustainability in ways they haven’t been able to before, such as operating in a smaller footprint, redeveloping existing buildings to be more efficient and utilizing resources more thoroughly. 

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Finding Purpose in Mentorship


Mentorship is often an overlooked area in an employee’s developing career, but the significance of a mentoring relationship cannot be overstated. At an individual level, mentorship becomes a symbiotic relationship between mentor and mentee. For the organization as a whole, mentors provide long-term financial growth and build a legacy that maintains the company’s vision, mission and culture. Here, we pride ourselves on creating and maintaining mentorships that guide our associates throughout their journey at Medxcel. Mentoring is important for anyone in the healthcare industry, a field that is ever-changing and requires consistent, meaningful conversations.

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Instilling Pride Within a Workforce


Creating a culture where employees feel pride in their work can be an afterthought - especially when leaders are often busy executing their own jobs - but it is a crucial foundation for building a positive workplace environment. At Medxcel, we prioritize instilling pride among our team members by celebrating our employees’ successes, both personally and professionally. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our employees have had to adapt to address new challenges, showcasing their creativity, innovation and quality of work.

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Boosting Employee Engagement During the Pandemic


Keeping employees engaged at work has its own set of challenges, and when employees experience fear, uncertainty or anxiety during times of crisis, engagement proves even more difficult. With the global COVID-19 pandemic, Medxcel was able to successfully engage thousands of employees amid rapidly changing circumstances by relying on established employee programs and developing new ways to drive satisfaction.

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Advancing the Future of Emergency Management


Emergency management departments are crucial to the safety of any facility, as they are responsible for preparing for unpredictable situations like natural disasters, power outages, medical catastrophes - or even all three at the same time. Although emergency management (EM) teams can handle a lot, this past year has presented many unique challenges in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. EM teams everywhere are now using these experiences to formulate new solutions and plan for the future.

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Embracing Healthcare Technology Innovations to Improve Patient Care


As remote work has become widely embraced due to the pandemic, industries have been forced to adapt to technological innovations with a digital-first mindset. The healthcare industry is no different, and the digital transformation continues to drive new technologies to be fully integrated into everyday operations.

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Closing the Healthcare Skills Gap by Building Successful Training Programs


There is a significant shortage of skilled workers nationwide across all industries. In healthcare, this skills gap has a widespread impact as it decreases the quality of patient care and increases costs. The lack of skilled laborers available to be recruited by hospitals has also been further affected by staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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