Opening a new healthcare facility on-time is the number one goal of all those involved in planning a new construction project. Every day a new healthcare facility opening is delayed can cost the healthcare system 100s of thousands of revenue dollars. CME Corp (CME) has been helping healthcare systems open their new facilities on time for over 20 years. As anyone involved in new construction knows, a myriad of issues can impact the overall plan, many outside of the healthcare system’s control. Permits, strikes, floods, accidents, bad inspections are just a few of the more drastic problems. In a recent Medical Construction & Design (MCD) survey over 50% of the responders said their projects do not finish on time.
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There are 5,534 registered domestic hospitals, according to the American Hospital Association. Each one of those facilities is estimated to generate up to 25 pounds of waste per day per patient. The math seems to indicate that health care centers produce an endless stream of garbage at an unsustainable rate. Furthermore, it’s only one industry and one waste source in an ever-growing country, struggling to find solutions to landfill overload. As regulations tighten to relieve the burden trash puts on our ecosystem, planners and buyers are searching for eco-friendly solutions to medical facility equipment and materials.
As summer winds down, back-to-school preparations are well underway for parents and children. To prepare children for a successful school year, parents should be encouraged to make their children's eye health a priority through vision screening tests. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, vision assessment should begin as young as 12 months. Good vision dramatically improves a child’s ability to learn and their overall well-being. However, children are often unaware of vision issues, especially if they are unable to communicate.
Value-Based Healthcare is a healthcare delivery model in which providers are paid based on patient outcomes. Its purpose is to improve quality while lowering healthcare costs. This has been around since 2010 and has been steadily gaining momentum. Healthcare systems that have embraced this concept have been focusing on 3 things; improving outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and lowering costs.
Electronic waste or ‘e-waste” has become a growing problem for landfills and recycling centers. As electronics age, fail or become obsolete they need disposal. If not adequately handled, e-waste has the potential to leak toxic metal alloys and other components into groundwater sources. While this sounds entirely avoidable, more than 20 million tons of e-waste are produced annually. This includes waste from such sources as hospitals, medical practices, and nursing homes. How can you minimize the potential pitfalls in disposing of outdated and broken electronics? Follow recycling mandates and guidelines while outfitting your facility with compliant and greener solutions to electronic necessities.