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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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CMS Relaxes Safety Regulations


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently relaxed safety rules to reduce regulatory burdens on healthcare providers during this crisis. These changes involve more flexibility, such as what is considered a hospital bed, how closely some medical professionals are monitored and the types of health care that can be delivered at home. These relaxed regulations also allow for non-medical facilities, such as gymnasiums or hotels, to be used by hospitals if needed without the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) being involved. CMS notes in a press release that these are “historic and unprecedented steps to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

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3 Misconceptions about Healthcare Construction Management


Hospitals are working around the clock to provide quality care to patients and stable support for staff. It is important that healthcare construction takes that into account. With the volume of people walking through the halls of healthcare facilities daily, it’s crucial the space is always safe and functional.
There’s a lot of moving parts that go into the operation of any healthcare facility. Not only is it crucial that staff such as doctors, nurses and receptionists work together, it’s also important that the systems keeping the place up and running are functional. If computers, HVAC systems, MRI and X-ray machines, and much more aren’t working properly, the whole hospital could be affected.

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Ensuring Patient Safety Year-Round


Here at Medxcel, we pride ourselves in maintaining a safe environment for all of our patients, visitors and staff. We work to continuously prioritize patient safety each and every day of the year. While safety is always top of mind, the World Health Organization states that an estimated 134 million adverse events occur every year due to unsafe care in low- and mid-income countries. In high-income countries, such as the United States, it is estimated that 1 in 10 patients are harmed while receiving hospital care. Of these, nearly 50% are considered preventable.

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How to Prepare for a Pandemic and Other Infectious Disease Threats


With coronavirus dominating the headlines, it’s easy to forget that there are still many other infectious diseases affecting the lives of people today. Whether it’s a disease as new as the coronavirus or as common as the flu, it’s more crucial than ever that facility managers are prepared for anything. It’s not a question of whether an epidemic will occur or not, but when it will strike. Hospitals around the world must plan for every kind of possible outbreak, before it’s too late.

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4 Ways Contract Work is Hurting your ROI


The new calendar year brings about exciting advancements and changes within the healthcare industry. With these changes come new regulations and other cost-consuming factors, and a new challenge arises: How do you reduce costs while improving patient satisfaction, increasing rate of efficiency, and continuing to boost revenue year after year?

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CMS Updates Their Star Ratings


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently refreshed their Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings. These ratings are on a five-star scale through Hospital Compare, a website that informs patients on how well hospitals are providing care in compliance with CMS. This allows patients to be informed when they are making decisions related to their healthcare.

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