Insight into Feasibility

By Scott Heywood
An accurate feasibility study makes it possible to support a facilities group request for the funding of a new project with clarity and confidence. A solid feasibility study will not only show what needs to be done, but also how it can be done within a precise time frame and within a well-researched cost estimate. The feasibility study empowers a facilities team to be as knowledgeable and persuasive as possible before presenting to decision makers.

Memorial Medical Increases Patient, Staff & Visitor Experience With ION-E Technology

Finding cell phone reception at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield shouldn’t be a problem any more. On Sept. 13, the hospital released a statement saying Farmington Hills, Mich.-based RF Connect was hired to design, install and commission the hospital’s indoor cellular coverage and capacity.

Construction to Link Two Colorado Springs Hospitals

Construction is slated to begin next month on an expansion to the pediatric hospital operated by Aurora, Colo.-based Children's Hospital Colorado (Children’s) and a four-story addition to UCHealth Memorial Hospital North (Memorial). Both projects are located in Colorado Springs and are scheduled to open in 2018.

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Integrates Community into Green Design

On Aug. 24, the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center broke ground on a $26.3 million construction expansion.

Landmark Cancer Center to Debut in September

Construction concluded last month on the Landmark Cancer Center in Smithfield and is expected to open to the public in September. The 14,000-square-foot facility was designed by Quincy, Ma.-based JACA Architects, and construction was completed by West Greenwich, R.I.-based Ken Jones Construction. The new Landmark Cancer Center, located on the campus of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island consists of nine patient treatment areas along with two private treatment areas, examination rooms, physician offices, a laboratory and a pharmacy.

Waynesboro Hospital Undergoing Four-Phase Renovation Project

Waynesboro Hospital has started work on a $6 million expansion project that will ensure patients receive the highest quality of care in an updated facility. Planning for the project began in 2015, but a groundbreaking ceremony took place the first week of August. Renovations are expected to be complete in the next 14 to 18 months.

Lakeland Health Plans $160 Million Expansion

During the first week of August, Lakeland Health’s board of directors approved funding for Lakeland Medical Center’s $160 million expansion in St. Joseph. The project is expected to be complete by 2020, with a groundbreaking-ceremony taking place in October 2017.

Growing Together at Stanford Children’s Health

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford located in Palo Alto, is undergoing a $1.2 billion expansion set to open in summer 2017. It will add 521,000 square feet to hospital grounds as well as 149 patient beds. The project has been in development since 2006.

Riding the Curve to High Operational Efficiency

By Michelle Mader
The health care industry is rapidly moving away from the traditional fee-for-service delivery model toward a value-based, population-based delivery model; however, large, regional providers are still largely supported by fee-for-service care. To remain cost-competitive, health care organizations must encourage their providers to move toward a more cost-effective delivery model. In order to enable their providers to make this move, organizations need to change existing infrastructure to create a leaner working environment. They must achieve these goals with the lowest possible capital investment because the landscape is anticipated to significantly change over the next 10 years.

Design Team Receives Praise for New Denver Health Building

By Sue Rose
RTA Architects teamed with Denver-based Hensel-Phelps Construction to create the largest community health center in the Denver Health system in a medically underserved area of the city.