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Medxcel Launches New Podcast: Outside the Patient’s Door


When we think about a hospital, we often think about the doctors, nurses and healthcare practitioners that directly provide quality patient care. However, there are many other crucial staff members, executives and facility managers just “outside the patient’s door” working tirelessly behind the scenes.
Our brand-new podcast, appropriately named Outside the Patient’s Door, highlights these dedicated associates and industry leaders who maintain safe, healing environments in healthcare facilities that allow our clinical staff to focus on what’s most important - treating patients.

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Preparing Healthcare Facilities for Tornado Season


Spring is here, and so is a new tornado season in the United States, with predicted above-average tornado activity. On March 26, 23 tornadoes were reported across Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, causing 5 deaths and devastating destruction.  Healthcare facilities must not only be prepared to keep patients, staff and visitors safe during a tornado, but must also be equipped to receive a surplus of victims from any disaster, as these locations often serve as safe havens in their communities. Every year, weather-related disasters lead to approximately 500 deaths and result in $15 billion in damages. By maintaining an environment safe from tornadoes, hospitals can focus on what’s most important – treating patients.  

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Why PDC Should Always Include E


PDC is a common acronym in facilities management. Planning, Design and Construction is the capital program that enables facilities to grow. Medxcel PDC specifically has a dedicated focus on people and customers, and provides tools, processes, support resources, data analytics and insource strategies that drive results. One of the ways we do this is through energy. Really, it should be more common with the PDC acronym overall – PDC+E – because energy is a key strategy that integrates across the PDC processes to deliver the highest quality projects to our stakeholders.

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Associates Build Long-Term Care COVID-19 Safe Visitor Booth


Here at Medxcel, our common purpose dictates what the customer experience should be at an emotional level.  Part of delivering excellent service is understanding when to be off-task because it is necessary to be on purpose.  As a company, we empower our associates to use both task and purpose to support life’s moments by enabling safe and healthy environments for our community.  Associates who embody our common purpose are celebrated monthly with an award called Medxcel Moments. 
Our incredible team has been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic for the past year, making significant modifications to the way they do their jobs while keeping safety at the forefront.  This “new normal” provided a platform for innovative achievements to take shape. 

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The Role Facilities Teams Play in a Vaccine Distribution Plan


COVID-19 vaccines are here, with two authorized vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna now being distributed to frontline workers and vulnerable elderly populations. The vaccine is about 95% effective in protecting us against COVID-19, and to date 48 million doses have been given in the U.S., with an estimated 5.8 million doses being given each day.
While social distancing will continue to be imperative for keeping everyone safe, these vaccines are a crucial step to ending the pandemic. With healthcare facilities teams across the country working overtime this past year to combat the spread of this infectious disease, many facilities managers are now asking themselves, “what now?”

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Preparing for Any Emergency to Keep Patients Safe


On December 25th, 2020, our Medxcel campus in Nashville faced an emergency situation with the bombing in nearby downtown.  Amidst medical emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic and the seasonal flu, our facilities still must be prepared for the unexpected emergency. Unlike the weather, dire situations like this cannot be forecast, so it’s vital to always be ready to act.

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Medxcel Adds Consulting as an Independent Service


Exciting news to share at Medxcel! We have announced a new standalone Consulting service in addition to our current service offerings (previously, Consulting was only available within a standard service contract). This expansion will provide organizational leaders and facility managers with a 360-degree view of their organization’s current state to better handle compliance regulations, ligature risks, life safety drawings, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing concerns.

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A Year in Review & Look Ahead to 2021


2020 presented many challenges for healthcare facilities across the globe with the impact of COVID-19. While it wasn’t easy, our teams banded together to achieve new successes. Looking back at the last 12 months, we wanted to share some of our most memorable 2020 highlights with you - from constructing new building projects, to fighting COVID-19 along the seasonal flu and everything in between - and share what’s in store for us in 2021.

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Modular Construction Growing in Popularity in Healthcare


The $400 billion healthcare construction industry has seen many changes over the years. As healthcare construction has evolved, new materials and technologies have been introduced, and building standards, which are set by the Facility Guidelines Institute and reviewed by The Joint Commission, have been updated. Many trends have come and gone, but there’s one trend that is continuing to expand and set to advance the industry – prefabrication and modular construction.

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Utilizing an Integrated Engineering Model


How does a hospital facility team determine when they need to perform renovations instead of maintenance? How does that team prioritize and request capital? Then, how does an entire healthcare system prioritize multiple facilities when they are requesting funds for renovations? These questions may run through the minds of healthcare facility managers and health system officials often.

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Bracing Healthcare Facilities for Winter Weather


With the winter season fast approaching, healthcare facilities everywhere are not only preparing for a major drop in temperatures, but an increase in patients as well. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread and the seasonal flu about to hit its peak, millions are being impacted on a global scale by two infectious diseases at once. Healthcare facilities must be operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even when facing severe weather conditions - and especially during a pandemic.

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Handling Flu Season as COVID-19 Continues to Spread


The annual flu season is something facilities prepare for year after year, but this year facilities everywhere are also dealing with unpredictable challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t yet know what impact flu season will have this year, but some have predicted that flu season will increase or even double the burden on healthcare facilities as they continue to treat COVID-19 patients. Others have suggested there may be a decline in flu cases with social distancing guidelines and healthy hand washing habits already in place.

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Maintaining Compliance During a Pandemic


Ensuring healthcare facility compliance is one of the most important aspects of keeping facilities safe and functional. Every year, Medxcel prepares for The Joint Commission’s (TJC) tri-annual inspections, which are based on the Standards and Elements of Performance of TJC. These inspections check to make sure that all safety processes and equipment are functioning properly. The visits also include a review of Medxcel’s FMOS™ and Emergency Management documentation, which involves an annual inventory of PPE equipment and resource management policies. 

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Maintaining a Safe Environment During Fall Festivities


With autumn in full swing, healthcare facilities across the country may be decorating for fall with festive Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. While celebrating the leaves changing with upbeat decor can bring life to any facility, it’s important that safety practices are not compromised in this process. Maintaining compliance can be a challenge with the rules and regulations that healthcare facilities are required to uphold. It’s crucial that facilities management professionals are aware of these policies in order to properly abide by them and ensure nothing is a risk to patients, visitors and staff.

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Medxcel Associate Recognized with Senior Status by ASHE


We are excited to announce that Medxcel regional manager of planning, design and construction Jeremy Fortier has been granted Senior status (SASHE) by the American Society of Healthcare Engineering! This designation is awarded to individuals who advance the field of healthcare engineering and facilities management through their volunteerism and contributions to the profession and society.

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Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget: Hospital Emergency Power Project


Medxcel ensures its managed facilities are always in compliance and prepared for an official survey. The Joint Commission (TJC) performs tri-annual inspections based on the organization’s Standards and Elements of Performance to ensure all safety and environment of care processes and equipment are functioning as intended in every facility. Medxcel conducts validation surveys and support visits to facilities throughout the year to prepare.

During one of these preparation surveys in 2014, the compliance team at an Evansville, Indiana, facility discovered a problem: The facility did not have a code-compliant electrical system. The team engaged with an electrical engineer to estimate redesigning the system. The cost? $40 million. And it wouldn’t be a quick project.

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Adapting Operations in Response to a Global Crisis


When the COVID-19 outbreak first began in the U.S., hospitals and healthcare facilities operations had to change, fast. The pandemic has challenged hospitals everywhere to develop new approaches and find resources to prevent the spread of the disease as time, money and labor became scarce.
In order to navigate a crisis, our teams have had to implement emergency plans quickly and efficiently. Our teams have prepared for this moment, creating detailed safety and emergency plans, processes and procedures to handle any emergencies within the health systems we serve. Handling any emergency of this caliber requires a dedicated safety and emergency management team with decades of experience. Here at Medxcel, our experienced teams have responded to every kind of crisis, including natural and man-made disasters. The pandemic however required a unique approach – one that our teams were well-equipped to handle.

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Engaging Employees in Times of Crisis


The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted employees globally in their personal and professional lives, leading many to experience anxiety, burnout and uncertainty. Maintaining employee engagement and productivity during times of crisis can be challenging, but showing compassion and providing support can lead to high engagement and long-term success. 

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Medxcel Associate Recognized for Living Our Values Every Day


Medxcel associate, property manager Josh Ruth, was recently recognized through one of Medxcel’s customers by the Living Our Values Every Day (LOVED) committee for his work and actions in our company and our community. The LOVED committee is a program through the hospital system Josh supports, which reflects our core values – service of the poor, integrity, wisdom, dedication, reverence and creativity – and highlights associates who live out these words. We are proud to honor Josh and his virtuous servant leadership, as well as his commitment towards the environment of care and facilities management.

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Implementing Technology to Lend Support During COVID-19


A look at the role that technology played during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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