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Bariatric design strategies

Evidence-based design respects the dignity of obese patients. By Thomas Hammer Hospitals are struggling with ways to serve the growing number of obese patients. As a result, healthcare systems are turning to design professionals for bariatric design strategies to accommodate the additional services these patients will require. In addition, healthcare organizations are being forced to change their delivery of care model in addition to the

Why I became a healthcare architect

Building a commitment to the community isn’t just a passion, but a career. By Sydney Goetz I am a healthcare architect. My little Rotary badge categorizes me that way. I never mention that I am just an architect. That just sounds naked to me. I really can’t say when I started using the term healthcare architect, but I can say that my affection with

Do construction contracts require compliance with applicable healthcare laws?

Yes. Here’s why. By Brian A. Veeneman Your organization is building a new healthcare facility. There are so many things to think about when planning for the project—funding, project delivery methods, facility space use and design, how healthcare reform affects the future use of the facility, hiring numerous consultants, hiring the right contractor—the list goes

Compliance is good business

Why you should move compliance into the top five issues in your organization’s strategic plan. By Clay B. Wortham Strategic planning is more important than ever before for today’s successful healthcare organizations of all sizes. Establishing a plan that addresses rising external costs, reduces internal costs and maintains an effective workforce is at the top of the list for many organizations. Too often,

Legislative wrap-up

Victories for nurse practitioners, diabetic students and cannabis oil proponents. By Kenny Colston With the close of the 2014 session, only a handful of important issues to Kentucky’s health community stand to become law this summer. While many other issues wait on the sidelines for their chance in future legislative session. After weeks of committee

Nurses’–now and future–financial needs

Study gains insights into nurses’ overall confidence and outlook towards retirement. By Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman When it comes to nurses and retirement there’s both good news and bad news. The good news is that one quarter (26 percent) of all nurses with a workplace retirement savings plan have accumulated more than $100,000 in assets, up

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