In a podcast, Health Facilities Management Magazine Editor Mike Hrickiewicz discusses how the impact of both an uncertain economy and health reform have influenced health care construction trends. Listen here.
Hospital C-suite executives looking to cut costs often don't consider how investments in the physical building can reduce costs down the road. To be sure, what might look like expensive design elements - such as wider bathroom doors, remote ICU-monitoring and water-efficient fixtures - could cost hospitals a lot in upfront capital costs. But they could pay for themselves in just a few years and ultimately generate long-term savings, according to articles published in the Hastings Center Report, American Medical News reports.