Industry Voices-4 Healthcare Construction Management Myths Debunked

Those who have never worked in the healthcare construction industry may have a few misconceptions and questions about the field. Is construction management an easy job? Do facilities management and construction management correlate?

Let’s separate healthcare construction fact from fiction, so you can set the foundation for your facility’s next project. 


How are sustainability trends impacting the healthcare market?

Sustainability trends are bringing about changes for just about every industry, and the healthcare sector is likely experiencing some of the most. From more efficient buildings, to the better use of resources, to streamlined diagnostic and treatment methodologies, sustainability is affecting healthcare in lots of different ways. Hear from Medxcel's CEO and hospital leaders about the role sustainability plays in the healthcare industry.


Edge Mentoring Launches Work Development Program

Indianapolis-based EDGE Mentoring announced the launch of its new development program, EDGE Work. The company says the program features a mentoring approach designed to improve the “whole-person development” of a company’s team members. It includes participants from several Indiana companies, including: California Closets, Elanco, KSM Consulting, and Medxcel, among others.


Common Myths in Healthcare Construction Management

Every healthcare profession has its own set of myths, and the healthcare construction industry is no exception. Learn the truth about the four most common healthcare construction management myths.


Emergency Preparedness

By identifying weaknesses in facilities and plans, managers can improve an organization's resilience in an emergency.


Infectious Disease Outbreak

No matter what it is – coronavirus, flu, etc. – epidemics can strike at any time. Is your hospital ready? In this guest post, Scott Cormier, VP of emergency management, environment of care and safety at Medxcel, explains how you can keep your facility safe by preparing now.


Upgrade Opportunities to Improve Facility Resilence

By identifying weaknesses in facilities and plans, managers can improve an organization's resilience in an emergency.


Industry Voices

Managing Health Systems' Infrastructure can be a big job.  With this tech it doesn't have to be.  Designed to help healthcare maintenance teams carry out their jobs more efficiently, a CMMS lowers overall costs, maintains continual compliance and creates a culture of accountability amongst the organization.


Creating a culture that puts an end to Sexual Harassment in Healthcare

These tips can help you implement training and reporting that drive the incident rate to zero.


Environmental Sustainability: More process than progress

Environmental sustainability is neither a fad or a trend, but a philosophy with roots and tentacles that have been – and will continue – burrowing deep into administrative, clinical, financial and operational planning. The questions linger about how deeply, how pervasively and how quickly?


Telehealth and its role in facilities management

Over the past few years, telehealth has been gaining in popularity providing patients with access to the specialty care they need. In this guest post, Jason “JD” Duigou, CIO of a company that provides healthcare service support products, talks about the role facilities management plays in telehealth.


Establishing and maintaining compliance with vendors to provide the best care

Working with vendors can be challenging. In this guest post, Larry Lacombe, VP of program development, support and FM compliance at a company specializing in facilities management, safety, environment of care, emergency management and compliance, tells you how to provide quality care while remaining compliant.


The Importance of a Computerized Maintenance Management System

It’s no secret that maintaining a functional, safe healing environment can be a full-time job, after all, the maintenance team needs to be ready at a moment’s notice. To provide extra time for their team members, facilities across the U.S. over the last decade have been implementing a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) software intended to lower repair costs, ease work order management, boost productivity, meet compliance standards and increase daily efficiency while ensuring the hospital functions at its best.


Industry Voices - 10 Steps to workplace violence reduction in healthcare

According to the American Institute of Stress, 25% of workers have felt like screaming or shouting because of job stress, and 10% are concerned about an individual at work who could become violent.

Unfortunately, these fears of violence are not unfounded, and in healthcare, it can be more than coworkers who become violent.

In Minnesota in 2014, a 68-year-old hospital patient attacked a team of nurses with a bar from the side of his bed. In Chicago in 2018, a hospital shooting left two innocent healthcare workers and a law enforcement officer dead, heightening healthcare leaders’ already existing fears about violence in the healing environment.


House calls are making a virtual revival.

As healthcare providers, we know that telehealth allows physicians to deliver medical, health and education services by utilizing telecommunications and electronic information technologies. Telehealth supports long-distance communication through real-time video conferencing, remote patient monitoring or mobile alerts (such as targeted texts or mass notifications about certain disease outbreaks). Patients across the country can now connect to their doctors with the simple touch of a button.


10 Steps to Workplace Violence Reduction

Workplace violence entails “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site,” according to OSHA. With nearly 2 million American workers reporting that they have been victims of workplace violence each year, the time is now to act against this too-common occurrence.


Patients, not Paperwork

Regulations are created for a reason – keeping patients safe and providing quality care. Today, physicians and facilities are looking for ways to reduce costs and save time, while still providing quality care. In this guest post, Larry Lacombe, VP of program development, support and FM compliance at a company specializing in facilities management, safety, environment of care, emergency management and compliance, offers a systematic approach to find which CMS burden reductions are best for your patients.


The Future of Telehealth and What it Means for Facilities Management

While our healthcare industry has certainly advanced from the 20th century, telehealth is putting a 21st century spin on the old-fashioned house call. Now, instead of opening a door, patients simply need to open an app.


Medxcel Exec Stresses the Importance of Compliance Training

Medxcel Vice President, Program Development, Support and FM Compliance Officer Larry Lacombe is quick to stress the importance of regulatory compliance in the healthcare field.  Lacombe is in charge of developing and implementing compliance programs for Medxcel to ensure that his firm’s nationwide network of hospitals is survey-ready, anytime of the day or night, for the Indianapolis-based company.


Regulatory Rollout

When staff are properly educated, healthcare facilities will find it much easier to comply with regulatory requirements. Healthcare executives should consider the following three recommendations to appropriately educate healthcare facility staff on regulatory compliance. 


Data, communication and engagement

Many organizational leaders failr to recognize the costliness of employee disengagement.  


Regulatory Rollout: Keys to Educating Healthcare Facility Staff

When staff are properly educated, healthcare facilities will find it much easier to comply with regulatory requirements. 


How to maintain compliance with third-party vendors

All hospitals strive for 100 percent compliance. Having a safe, functional environment to provide the best care possible to patients is the ultimate goal for caregivers and executives alike.


Accreditation Prep Should Be Constant, but Watch for Current Trends

Accreditation and compliance issues are constant concerns for quality improvement professionals, with new challenges frequently adding to the burden. 


Building Analytics: The future of facility operations

"How's it going today?" You probably hear this question every day.  While it's a casual greeting, when coming from your hospital's COO, they may not be just asking about you, but asking about their hospital, too.  


Opioids and Workplace Violence: Is there a correlation?

Workplace violence, including physical assaults and threats of assault directed toward persons at work or on duty, is a growing issue within the healthcare setting.


Medxcel Joins FirstNet – America’s Public Safety Communications Platform

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 14, 2018 — Medxcel is connecting its emergency management teams to FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform. This tech upgrade allows Medxcel to equip eligible hospital personnel with new capabilities and reliable wireless access to critical information, so they can better serve patients at its facilities across the country.


Industry Voices - 3 ways healthcare providers can take advantage of CMS' reduced burdens

It goes without saying that both regulation and accreditation are crucial to ensuring that healthcare providers and facilities uphold nationwide standards in patient care. 


Efforts to Prevent Healthcare Violence Gain Momentum

Violence in healthcare has been an ongoing challenge, and more alarming, has been accepted as "part-of-the-job."  That may change as a proposed federal law follows Joint Commission action.  


Patients over paperwork

Regulation is necessary to ensure healthcare providers and facilities uphold nationwide standards in patient care, but it takes a great deal of time.  



4 Considerations When Designing Pediatric Healthcare Units

When it comes to design, pediatric healthcare units are different. The tiny patients they care for in these spaces not only require special care, but they require special design choices, too.


'How's my hospital running today?'

'How's my hospital running today?' is a fair question for the COO of a hospital to ask a member of the hospital's facilities department. While it could be a casual greeting, if pressed, how would your facilities team answer the question? Could they answer with measurable data? 


CMS Developing More Uniform Ligature Risk Guidance

Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, reports The Joint Commission (TJC), prompting regulators to focus heavily on ligature risks.  Because of that, hospitals may soon have a more uniform set of guidance on protecting patients from ligature risk according to a memo issued by CMS to state survey agency directors, reports Relias Media.  


Prioritizing Hospital CEOS' #1 Priority: Cost Control and the Physical Environment

According to Advisory Board’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey, cost control has surpassed revenue growth as healthcare system CEOs’ number one priority.


Medxcel Recognized as One of Nation's Most Engaged Workplaces for Third Consecutive Year

Indianapolis (Aug. 29, 2018) — Medxcel, an Indianapolis-based healthcare integrated facilities management provider, was recognized today as one of the nation’s most engaged workplaces by a panel comprised of employee engagement academics, industry analysts, thought leaders, journalists and influencers. The annual award, Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America, identifies top employers that display superior leadership and innovation in engaging their workplaces. 


Value-based healthcare models require a better-educated, patient-centered workforce

The drive to attain value-based care is reshaping hospital staffing at every level, from hiring to education to teamwork. 


Experts address ligature-resistant environments at annual conference

Assessing health care facilities for ligature risk was the topic of discussion at this morning’s general session at the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference & Technical Exhibition. 


Hurricanes and healthcare: 4 ways disaster preparedness can minimize devastating results

Hurricanes are devastating to communities. That’s why hospitals must be prepared for such natural disasters to minimize damages and take care of their current patients and the people affected by the hurricanes.


4 ways to protect healthcare organizations and staff against workplace violence

Workplace violence against healthcare workers can be as simple as a doctor yelling at a nurse or a patient intimidating a doctor. However, it can also be as grave as a deadly assault. Regardless of severity, it’s imperative healthcare organizations find effective measures to eliminate violence and protect their workforce.


A Continuous Assessment: Understanding Compliance During New Construction

Just as healthcare professionals must remain nimble in light of new medical research, healthcare facilities, too, must keep pace with rapid changes in code compliance, neighborhood health, sustainability, and energy management. 


Planning for Pandemonium

Healthcare organizations play a vital role in the community when disaster strikes and it is imperative they are prepared for all types of crisis scenarios. 


Tornado preparedness: 3 ways to safeguard healthcare facilities against disaster

Hospitals are in a unique position when disaster strikes.  Predominately regarded as safe havens, hospitals are expected to continuously provide quality patient care and protection to patients, associates and visitors during a disaster, as well as prepare to receive victims from the disaster. 



3 Strategies to Minimize Regulatory Overload

Federal legislation is implemented to ensure superior, safe, and reliable patient care. However, for many healthcare organizations, new regulation can feel more like a headache than anything else. In recent years, clinical staff and facilities managers alike have seen an increased amount of time spent on regulatory compliance, which can take away from other valuable initiatives.


Creating a single operational culture after a merger

When healthcare organizations merge, the union of the facilities departments is rarely at the top of the leaders’ list of priorities. 


Medxcel Client Facility Earns Prestigious LEED Certification, Austin Energy Green Building Rating for Green Design and Construction Methods

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 28, 2018)Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas at Austin, a project of Medxcel and Ascension, has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and a 4-Star Austin Energy Green Building rating for its green design and construction methods.


Ligature: This year's regulatory heavy hitter

Patient suicide ranks among the top three sentinel events, reports The Joint Commission (TJC), prompting regulators to focus heavily on ligature risks this year. 


Building Automation Systems: The Primary Backbone for Energy Savings in a Hospital

The building automation system is unfortunately the least understood and yet one of the most expensive systems in a hospital.  


Growing Facilities ROI, Capabilities by Reducing Contracts

With a new year on the horizon, you’re again challenged to find new ways to curb spending, get more done, boost revenue, patient satisfaction, and compliance. After all, your job as a healthcare leader is to make each year better and more profitable than the last. 


Getting the 'full view': 4 critical building automation system considerations for healthcare executives

The building automation system (BAS) is the primary backbone for energy savings in a hospital. From controlling every aspect of the HVAC system (chillers, boilers, air handling units, variable air volume boxes and more), the benefits from a well programed BAS ultimately ensures the HVAC systems operational performance which can reduce energy costs and keep patients, visitors and staff comfortable. 


6 steps for creating an active shooter plan

Active Shooter. No matter where you are, that two-word phrase inspires fear in almost everyone. And it should. An active shooter is an individual or individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.



5 Keys to Effective Management: Emergencies and Healthcare

Natural disasters cause nearly 500 deaths annually in the United States. Unfortunately, the nation’s healthcare facilities continue to fall short in disaster planning and preparedness. 


Why IT is crucial in supporting emergency management

Healthcare facilities in the U.S. continue to fall short in disaster planning and preparedness. This lack of preparation creates the potential for serious ramifications, putting staff, patients, and the financial security of the hospital, at risk.


Public Compliance Surveys: The [Good or Bad] Impact on Healthcare Organizations

In April of this year it was announced that CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) is pushing to make accrediting organizations, such as The Joint Commission, surveys public (82 Fed. Reg. 19796, 4/28/17). 


Medxcel Facilities Management Recognized as One of Nation's Most Engaged Workplaces

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. — Medxcel Facilities Management, an Indianapolis-based healthcare facilities management provider, was recognized today as one of the nation’s most engaged workplaces by a panel of academics and employee engagement experts. The annual award, Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America, identifies top employers that display superior leadership and innovation in engaging their workforce. 


Aging workforce, succession planning: Dual fears CEOs need to scratch off their list

Who will carry your organization when the current generation of leaders ages out of the workforce? Or what if you can’t attract the skills and know-how you need to move forward?


Critical Thinking, Part Two

Mindsets are lenses through which the information we receive passes. Mindsets help us to understand and make sense of information; they shape the world we see. In this article, Scott Cormier covers the different mindsets and biases and how they can impact our work. 


Critical Thinking, Part One

Experts have developed different approaches to critical thinking. Some are industry specific, such as those in medicine and aviation. In this article, Scott Cormier, VP of Emergency Management, EC & Safety will review three critical thinking methods.


Ascension Reduces System-Wide Energy Consumption by 20 Percent Three Years Early

INDIANAPOLIS, May 8, 2017 – Medxcel Facilities Management (Medxcel FM) and Ascension announced today that its Environmental Stewardship Program has met the Better Buildings Challenge goal of 20 percent energy reduction by 2020 across its acute care hospital portfolio. From July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2016, Ascension has reduced energy usage by 21.4 percent, saved $53.3 million in cost avoidance and reduced over 1,114,600 tons of carbon dioxide emission across 141 healthcare facilities over three years ahead of plan.  


4 Crucial Practices to Ensure Survey Readiness Amidst Regulatory Changes

Larry LaCombe, Vice President of Program Management and Facilities Compliance shares his views on how to ensure survey readiness as regulatory changes continue to impact healthcare facilities.  


Disaster Preparedness: 5 Key Components to Effective Emergency Management

Our Vice President of Emergency Management, Environment of Care and Safety, Scott Cormier was recently featured in Healthcare Dive and shared his thoughts on how to create an effective emergency management plan.  


Preparing for an Infectious Disease Outbreak

Recently, Scott Cormier, Vice President of Emergency Management, Environment of Care and Safety contributed an article to Healthcare Business Today about how healthcare facilities can prepare for an infectious disease outbreak.  


Active Shooter Planning and Response Guide

Vice President of Emergency Management, Environment of Care and Safety, Scott Cormier in collaboration with the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council released a new edition of the Active Shooter Planning and Response Guide earlier this year.  This new edition brings additional information on warm zone operations providing care in an area wherein a potential threat exists, but it is not direct or immediate, law enforcement tactics, unified command, and psychological support.


Service Means Caring for our Communities - Near and Far

Earlier in the year we announced that two of our associates were giving their time and talents and truly living out our organization’s Core Values by going on a mission trip to serve those less fortunate in Kenya.  Their adventure and story is very humbling and we are very proud of what they so selflessly volunteered for. 


6 Steps for Creating an Active Shooter Plan

Scott Cormier, Vice President of Emergency Management, Environment of Care and Safety published a guest post with Healthcare Business & Technology that details six steps that will help hospital administrators develop an effective response plan to an active shooter situation. 



Medxcel FM Offers Facility Management Solutions to Ensure Safe and Efficient Operations in Hospitals Throughout the U.S.

Medxcel Facilities Management (Medxcel FM) is here to offer support and create standardization all while bringing a level of expertise that will ultimately result in cost-containment and efficiencies that will improve the overall quality for your facility allowing you to keep your focus on the most important thing – the patient.


Medxcel Facilities Management Recognized as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces

TriMedx and Medxcel Facilities Management, today have been recognized together as one of the Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America for displaying leadership and innovation to engage employees in the workplace. TriMedx elevates clinical engineering through innovative management programs, and medical equipment lifecycle solutions. Medxcel Facilities Management provides healthcare facilities with the following services: Facilities Maintenance, Project Management and Construction, Safety and Emergency Management, Grounds, and Environment of Care.

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