Hospital employees should have cleaner hands, be exposed to more artwork
and be working in a renovated or expanded facility, according to a survey
conducted by the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Of the 511 chief executive officers who responded to the 984 questionnaires
distributed in March by the ACHE, 91% said investment in better healthcare
buildings pays off with better patient care, and 88% said it improves
staff morale. Also 56% of respondents reported having $1 million or more
of renovations to their hospitals in the past three years, while 46%
reported having undergone expansion.
The survey also found widespread full or partial implementation of
patient-safety infection-control methods. These include installing
hand-hygiene stations (88%); establishing clean and dirty areas on
patient floors and keeping them separate (74%); housing patients in
single-occupancy rooms (67%); and improving air filtration systems
To reduce stress, 66% of the CEOs reported adding artwork to
their facilities, while 52% moved to increase natural lighting. Staff
support facilities were also added to reduce stress. These include:
exercise rooms (35%), windowed break rooms with outside access (31%) and
a staff-only cafeteria (12%).
To boost a hospitals ecological health, the CEOs reported using less
energy (68%), minimizing light pollution in parking lots (43%) and
reducing the amount of water used (also 43%).
The ACHE is a Chicago-based organization with more than 30,000 members
serving in executive capacities in hospitals, healthcare systems and
other healthcare organizations. -- by href="mailto:[email protected]">Andis Robeznieks
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