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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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Integrating Real Estate with Healthcare Facilities Management


Real estate may not be a typical service in integrate facilities management, but it is an important aspect of maintaining and growing physical healthcare spaces. There should be a level of collaboration between real estate, construction and emergency management departments. During the COVID-19 pandemic, real estate has been an essential part of facilities management as space needed to be identified and secured for the influx of patients quickly and efficiently. Our Real Estate team at Medxcel is a recent addition that has streamlined this process and allowed for our facilities to successfully care for surges of patients during the crisis.

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Managing Construction Projects Amidst a Pandemic


COVID-19 presented unprecedented containment issues to the physical spaces of our facilities. In order to create solutions, our unified planning, design and construction (PDC) team and digital platform provided the tools, strategies and support needed to maintain a functional healing environment for patients.

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Balancing Full-Time Employees and Contractors During a Crisis


Finding the right balance of full-time employees (FTEs) and contractors can be a challenge for any healthcare facility, especially since each healthcare facility has different needs.  Read more to see how our experts strike that perfect balance.  

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Medxcel Celebrates Healthcare Heroes Working on the Front Lines to Battle COVID-19


Here at Medxcel, we want to showcase our gratitude for all of the front line workers that have been putting their lives at risk to combat COVID-19. Not only do we want to recognize all of the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals treating patients daily, but also all of the emergency management, facilities and construction teams that keep hospitals up and running 24/7. We have teams across the country doing their part to provide resources in their local communities and prevent the spread of the virus. During this time, we are continuing to celebrate our successes as we create solutions to face this unprecedented disruption to daily life.   

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