Tag: healthcare

Under Construction: Top Facility Projects of April 2024

Facilities Management Advisor’s “Under Construction” series highlights some of the latest, most interesting facility project announcements every month. A Greener JFK Airport In light of Earth Month, April had a bunch of clean energy project announcements. John F. Kennedy International Airport—which topped our inaugural installment of this series with a multibillion-dollar facelift in 2022—takes the […]

New CA Law Requires Workplace Violence Prevention Plans

A new law recently enacted in California requires employers to implement a workplace violence prevention plan and could prove influential if other states follow suit. On Sept. 30, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 553 into law, requiring nearly all businesses to have their plans in place by July 1, 2024. Exempted from the law are […]

AI in Healthcare Facilities Management

Technology seems to advance at an hourly pace these days, with generative artificial intelligence (AI) seeing a significant uptick in use this year. Free and open tools such as ChatGPT and Google Bard have shown how generative AI can be used for learning, content generation, coding, and other tasks. This has prompted many industries and […]

Cyber Concerns Rise Among Physical Security Leaders

As October brings Cybersecurity Awareness Month into the spotlight, new research conducted by Genetec Inc. reveals that cybersecurity remains a key concern for physical security experts. Based on insights from over 5,500 physical security leaders from around the world, the research shows that while organizations are putting in place new processes to protect themselves, the […]

Protecting Patients and Staff During Hospital Renovations

In an innovative world where most industries’ biggest challenges are solved by technology, having the latest and greatest upgrades is essential—especially in healthcare. In fact, healthcare facilities continually strive to have the best equipment available in order to provide the best experience possible for patients and keep the facility thriving long term. However, with the […]

Tornado Strikes Major Pfizer Facility in North Carolina

Pfizer Inc. announced the pharmaceutical company’s immediate efforts to provide relief and repair the damage caused to its manufacturing facility in Rocky Mount, N.C., after a violent tornado swept through the town on Wednesday, July 19. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was an EF-3 with peak winds up to 150 miles per […]

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Extend Anti-Terrorism Standards for Chemical Facilities

U.S. Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tom Carper (D-DE) have introduced a bipartisan bill to extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, which is set to expire on July 27, 2023. The program was created after national security experts recognized a security vulnerability among chemical facilities following […]

Florida Healthcare Facility Cited for Nearly 200 Workplace Violence Incidents in 2022

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced “shocking” findings of a workplace safety investigation into a behavioral health and substance disorder facility in Jacksonville, Fla. According to the federal probe, workers at the UHS of Delaware Inc.-Wekiva Springs Center LLC (operating as Wekiva Springs Hospital) were assaulted, confined by patients, and suffered broken bones, […]

Under Construction: UC Davis Health’s $589M Ambulatory Surgery Center

UC Davis Health, a nationally renowned academic health center that’s part of the University of California, Davis, is building a major new ambulatory surgery center. To learn more about the $589 million project, Facilities Management Advisor recently spoke with an executive at the organization. Called the 48X Complex due to its location at the corner […]

FMs, Resilience, and Risk Management

Risk mitigation is the process of planning and developing options to reduce threats or risks to people. Resilience is the ability to learn, respond, reflect, and recover from emergencies. While risk mitigation activities are preventative, and resilience activities are reactive, both place serious responsibility on the shoulders of facilities management teams. What’s important in resilience […]