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.

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.

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.

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.