Medical Building Diversification

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One thing hospitals and care facilities are starting to do is scaled down or even outsource a lot of their services. In a previous post I talked about the dynamics that go into building a hospital. Facilitators are now realizing that a lot of things that go into a hospital can be built off-site or service to another company. Not to oversimplify, but hospitals in their core function need beds for patients, laboratory and medical rooms, cafeteria to feed the patients, and areas for the doctors and nurses to do their work.

There are certain things that happen within a hospital that don’t have to be contained on-site. For example, psychiatric care givers don’t necessarily have to be in the hospital. They can be called in from an outside office as needed. The same goes for social workers, advisers, religious guides, and even legal staff.

Many hospitals in this country are now looking to a model of just keeping core hospital functions within the Main building. They built off-site facilities to handle different areas that used to be contained within the main hospital. If someone needed drug or alcohol care to use to just put them on another floor of the regular hospital. Now they have separate facilities to assist such people. That also allows the staff for that particular building to all be in line with that cause. It allows better overall functionality and ultimately gives better care to the client.

Even such core functionality as waste disposal, maintenance, and housekeeping are now often being contained off-site. Once again this allows for better storage and movement of workers within a certain area. It makes the overall workflow of these departments to run much smoother. Since many departments in a hospital don’t necessarily have to be a 24 Hour Ctr., it allows certain areas to be shut down after a certain period of time to cut down on payroll, electricity, etc. is long is there are a certain number of staff on call at all times all necessary duties will be properly taken care of.


With the advances in medicine these days the time necessary for the patient to actually stay in the hospital has become much shorter. This allows for a lot of care to be handled on an outpatient basis. The patient can be allowed to go home and return to receive aftercare is smaller off-site facility. All outpatient services within a certain department can be handled in one building, and just like the maintenance staff it doesn’t have to be open 24 hours.

Even son injuries can be handled in smaller offices. Broken bones can be be treated in medical offices rather than in hospitals. It frees up the patient flow so more serious cases can be seen faster. One prime example are the Scranton Orthopedic offices in Pennsylvania. Kids with fractures and mild head trauma can be taken there, and in fact, be seen faster. The wait time in a small office is much shorter, and the patient will get more personalized care. If the doctor there feels that more treatment is needed, then he/she can recommend a hospital visit after the initial diagnosis is made.

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So if a new hospital were to take certain components of its operation and build them off-site, the core functionality of the facility would run much smoother, and use far less resources than it conventional hospital of the past would.


Dynamics of Hospital Construction

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Hospital construction is some of the most problematic projects that builders can encounter. They incorporate such a vast array of structures, that builders need experts in every area of construction to complete a project of this magnitude.

Just think about it, a hospital has laboratories, living areas (rooms with beds), surgical units, restaurants, and a huge housekeeping department to facilitate within one building. That’s just the building infrastructure. They also have to facilitate a huge array of telecommunication computer networks that must be up and running it all time to guarantee the efficiency and safety of each medical department.

Regular construction entities must work hand in hand with technical operators to make sure that each level of the construction process is handled properly. Since different areas of the hospital are used for different functions, even the materials used in building are diverse. Such as an area designated for x-ray functions must be properly fitted for safety even on the areas of the walls, ceiling, floor. The structure has to be tremendously sound to incorporate the heavy machinery that is used in every department for patient care. Lighting is also very very important as most internal sections of hospitals don’t have natural light. Even something as simple as that has to be carefully taken into consideration.

Prior to any hospital construction, plans have to be laid out to make sure that doctors and nurses can easily move from one department to the next with these. So before architects can even begin to design, the hospital administrators must know what type of patients this facility will serve, how many departments per specialty, and a rough estimate of the number of staff members needed so that the necessary space can be provided.

Aside from the medical operations of the building, you have the regular facility functions such as cafeterias, housekeeping, janitorial, and other assorted service personnel. The cafeteria alone must staff many restaurants worth of workers. As well as the personnel to deliver food to patients all over the hospital. Since a hospital is a 24 hour operation this never ending flow must always run as efficiently as possible.

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All of this just handles the patients and make sure they’re taking care of in the best possible way. There is also the business of handling the personnel. There must be a vast array of HR workers, administrative staff, and regular logistic office staff to make sure that the doctors and nurses can properly do their job. Behind-the-scenes are also a number of accountants, billing representatives, and insurance handlers to make sure that the economic viability of the center remains under control.

So while building a new hospital can be a profitable venture, as well as a benefit for the community at large, is a vast undertaking has to be carefully planned and groomed. Because the time to find out they structure was not laid out properly is not after it’s been already completed. As well as the initial stages of construction, architects must look at future growth in terms of the layout and incorporating new structures and wings. So all in all a hospital brings a whole array of people and functionality together to ultimately serve one common purpose.


Benefits Of Modular Medical Building Construction

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Introduction

Hospitals and other medical care settings are essential to human survival. Due to this, having good building and infrastructure should not be an option. This should actually be a priority to renovating existing buildings. This necessitated the invention and development of modular medical building construction. To begin, these are constructions that are assembled off-site in a warehouse or other open areas before being moved to their actual residence. In the health care sector, this comes with tremendous benefits.

The Benefits 

Time saving 

As indicated before, these constructions are assembled off-site. Bringing up a building within the hospital environment will interfere with countless activities involving both patient and non-patient related. The medical building construction is transported to the site only for installation. Therefore, it saves a lot of time as there is no interference, delays or other forms of time consuming activities. Hiring experienced individuals combines both on-site and off-site building techniques resulting to a quality structure.

Flexible 

Modular buildings are designed in a way that they can be adjusted to suit any incoming need. They can also be customized to suit any specific idea. This conventional medical building construction therefore suits this purpose. Alternatively, since constructing a whole wing might take quite a long time, the hospital or any other medical care giver can lease this structure for the entire period of time. Additionally, these buildings can be relocated and expanded with ease.

Cost saving 

Medical personnel and experts who have tried this idea in various sectors unanimously agree that constructing modular medical building construction cuts on the cost. This is basically related to the easiness associated with undertaking the procedure. This is also contributed to by the fact that undertaking the whole procedure takes little time thus few resources. This is specifically ideal for a hospital eyeing to save resources in a bid to equip the facility fully.

Better quality standards 

 

For any health care setting building, quality should be a guarantee. This is due to the critical nature of services offered within the facility. With the speeding rate of hospital related technological advancements, ensuring that medical building construction is of high quality, vested with the latest advancements should not be an option. These buildings provide and ensure the quality that are at par with the hospital requirements.

High performance buildings 

With their modern design incorporated, medical building constructions are certainly of high performance. These buildings are environmental friendly, comfortable and patient conducive. This is among the reasons for the rising popularity of these structures despite the recent inception into the market.

Conclusion 

The need to upgrade hospital settings cannot be avoided. Alternatively, the increasing population demanding more spaces and attention for medical care is irresistible. This should be the main reason behind medical building construction. However, the benefits and advantages of having this building can be realized by employing the services of qualified and experienced personnel. Selection should be arrived at after a thorough analysis and consideration of several factors. Experience, references and referrals, cost and expertise being just but a few to mention.