Huggins Hospital Finds Solution to Improving Facilities Management

By Rob Scheffer
Since its inception in 1907, Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro has been upgraded and expanded several times, but it wasn’t until improving its infrastructure and regulatory and compliance standards that the hospital began to make operations more efficient and cost-effective.

Highland Hospital Creates Energy-Efficient Acute Tower

The second phase of a three-phase, $668 million design and construction project is currently underway at Highland Hospital in Oakland. The Acute Tower Replacement project is crucial for Alameda County to be able to provide quality health care services to the community. The state-of-the-art Acute Tower Replacement is anticipated for completion in 2017, according to Highland Hospital.

Part II: Steps to Save Money & Improve Care with Hospital Construction

By Todd Imming
Here is Part II of a two-part series on seven steps to approach a hospital expansion or renovation project to get the best value from construction with the best solutions for your facility, staff and patients. Part I lists the first three steps and was published to the HealthCare Construction + Operations News website on March 16. It can be read here.

Navigator Program Helps Those with Behavioral Health Issues

The behavioral health system partnered with insurance coverage can be difficult, so Provincetown Health System took action and created a program to help patients navigate the system. The Community Resource Navigator Program provides patients with a full-time employee who is able to use existing resources to assure that patients’ needs are met.

Chinese Hospital Opens New Patient Tower

The Patient Tower at San Francisco’s Chinese Hospital in the Chinatown neighborhood, has completed a new building after being in the works for nearly 20 years. The last independent institution of its kind in San Francisco, will build a $180 million building with corridors connecting to the old Chinese Hospital located next door, according to SF Gate.

Parkland SICU Takes Part in ICU After-Care Initiative

The Parkland Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is taking part in a new quality-improvement project called ICU Liberation, in hopes of improving the effects that intensive-care patients face after being released from the hospital. The Parkland SICU is one of 77 intensive-care units chosen by The Society of Critical Care Medicine to take part in the A-F Bundle Improvement Collaborative, an 18-month initiative to improve patient outcomes. The hospital is one of only two Texas ICUs to be chosen.

Detroit Medical Center Creates Cardboard City During Design

The Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Troy opened its doors on Feb. 1. Throughout the course of construction on the 63,000-square-foot hospital, the project team used lean design to lower the costs and decrease the building space required for the project.

Craig Hospital Expansion & Renovation Nears Completion

By Sue Rose
With the initial planning having started in the winter of 2012 and a target completion date set for late 2016, Craig Hospital’s $90 million expansion and renovation is nearing its conclusion. In addition, the hospital in Englewood recently announced that it has exceeded its $68 million fundraising target by $5 million.

Part I: Steps to Save Money & Improve Care with Hospital Construction

By Todd Imming
A hospital expansion or renovation needs to address the practical problems of delivering care, so your strategy should be to identify and achieve those sometimes elusive and often oddly competing objectives. Your focus is on the final building as a solution to the functional problems, concentrating primarily on purchase value and construction schedule. Here is Part I of a two-part series on seven steps to approach your project to get the best value from construction with the best solutions for your facility, staff and patients.

North Country Hospitals Receive Grant Funding

Hospitals in New York’s North Country will receive $54.8 million in grant awards, split amongst 13 projects, to improve and transform health care in the area. The grant money is part of a $1.5 billion commitment made by New York state to help health care providers fund critical capital and infrastructure improvements and develop the health systems, according to a statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.