Health care in Houston is in the midst of an expensive makeover. With a population simultaneously growing and aging, the city has put roughly $5 billion into medical construction and development this year, according to a recent report. Alongside new medical offices and hospitals being built, Houston’s big health care institutions are updating and expanding into the suburbs.
The JE and LE Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla., awarded the McPherson Healthcare Foundation a $750,000 challenge grant towards the first phase of construction for McPherson Hospital’s Caring for the Future Capital Campaign in McPherson, according to the McPherson Sentinel.
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.
Hospitals are always searching for new ways to create a positive patient experience. One of the latest trends being popularized in health care environments is creating a connection to nature and the outdoors using windows and natural daylight that enhance the healing environment. The new wellness center at Butler County Health Care Center in David City worked with SageGlass to add these enhancements to help encourage a healthy lifestyle for patients and the surrounding community.
The New Orleans VA Hospital is behind on construction, but Fernando Rivera Jr., executive director of Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, is not letting the delays discourage him, according to The Times-Picayune.
While the Cambridge North Patient Tower is still being constructed on the Kansas University Hospital’s campus, the hospital has decided to expand the tower right away instead of waiting for the facility to be overcrowded due to the large volume of patients the hospital sees, according to Lawrence Journal-World.