Healthcare Advisory Group Fall 2017: Monitoring the Environment of Care

Healthcare Advisory Group Fall 2017: Monitoring the Environment of Care

ATG has always worked closely with healthcare organizations to identify problems facing the industry. The Healthcare Advisory Group's (HCAG)  bi-annual meetings provide a forum for ATG and industry facility management leaders to discuss the development of technologies and practices that will enable hospitals to effectively address these challenges.

Given the ever-changing regulatory requirements of the healthcare industry, compliance is a frequent topic at HCAG meetings, and the Fall 2017 edition was no exception. The two-day event, attended by representatives from health systems across the country, included discussions on life safety assessment, fire systems testing and emergency management, while former Joint Commission director George Mills led a session titled, "Monitoring the Environment of Care."

Day 1 kicked off with facility management professionals sharing some of the progress made at their healthcare campuses since the HCAG Spring 2017 meeting, as well as some of the current challenges they are facing. Just of few of the concerns mentioned were the inability to keep up with Life Safety Code changes, reductions in CMS reimbursements, and problems associated with outsourcing compliance-related tasks to outside firms. While the effect of such issues can be significant, members pointed out how existing ATG technologies have eased the impact and offered suggestions on future development.

Other Day 1 highlights included conversations on topics such as door inspections, barrier management, generator testing, and medical gas testing. The group also took a look at enhancements of existing ATG solutions currently under development, as well as new technologies, such as an infection control audit application.

Day 2 continued on a number of topics covered in the previous day's session, along with a discussion on the important subject of emergency management. Participants agreed that emergency preparedness should be a streamlined platform unto itself, as many hospitals currently have widely varying reporting levels and lack a comprehensive system to accurately identify vulnerabilities.

The George Mills Environment of Care session closed out Day 2 with a presentation and Q&A where Mr. Mills and members discussed ways in which hospitals can be better prepared for surveys. A point of particular note from the discussion was that facility managers tend to inadvertently admit potentially damaging information to Joint Commission surveyors.  Said Mills, "When asked if you have a plan in place, show them the plan - no more, no less."  Regardless of whether or not an item is on a surveyor's agenda, admitting any deficiencies not on a plan will still be a mark against the facility.

In closing, the ATG team reflected on the valuable contributions of the Healthcare Advisory Group members, who once again provided great feedback. These latest discussions reinforced the importance of collaborating with industry leaders and tackling the day-to-day challenges of managing today's healthcare facilities.

Facility management professionals joining the ATG team for the meeting included:

  • Mike Craig
    Director, Medical Center Engineering
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

  • Odell Hall
    Director of Facilities at LifeBridge Health
    Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown, MD

  • Chet Howard
    Director - Maintenance
    Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR

  • Ken Kuse
    Manager, Controls, CX & Energy
    Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

  • Henry Maniego
    Houston Methodist West Hospital & Houston Methodist St. Catherine Hospital
    Houston, TX
  • John Miller, Jr.
    DIrector, Regulatory Compliance
    Banner Corporate Center, Phoenix, AZ

  • Rashad Mujeebuddin
    Manager, Construction Information Systems
    Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL

  • James Tucker
    Administrative Director, Facilities
    Loyola University Health System, Maywood, IL

  • Brian Wade
    Manager, Environment of Care
    Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, FL

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If you’d like to join a group dedicated to exchanging new ideas and sharing experiences with colleagues from other healthcare organizations, please contact ATG.

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