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HCS 446 Week 1 Discussion Question 1

Why do we begin the planning process by evaluating the current facility?  Why is the work done during the preplanning stage so critical to the future success of the project? 

Please consider and integrate the weekly reading into formulating your response. 

 

HCS 446 Week 1 Discussion Question 2

 What key facility planning issues are likely to be raised by stakeholders and why is it important to communicate with and address any issues that are raised? 

 

HCS 446 week 1 Individual Assignment Facility Planning - Part I

 

Research health care facilities in your area that are either new or are being renovated. Your research will help you select your project focus. Your selections are limited to an ambulatory care clinic; a clinic within a hospital, such as an emergency room, surgical center, or an OB unit; a family clinic, an outpatient clinic, or a long-term care facility.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you describe your selected facility. Include the following elements in your paper:

Community or facility need for the building or renovation

Type of population you are serving

Description of the facility you have selected

 

 

HCS 446 Week 2 Discussion Question 1

Why is it important to plan a facility that minimizes inpatient transfers

HCS 446 Week 2 Discussion Question 2

What are some appropriate uses for carpeting and commercial-grade sheet vinyl flooring in an inpatient health care facility?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

 

HCS 446 Week 2 Team Assignment Environmental Impact Outline

Resource: Environmental Impact Outline document on the student website

Develop an outline for hazardous waste management, fire and safety management, disaster management, security management, or ADA guidelines for a renovation or new planning of a health care facility. Each team is assigned a different area so there is no duplication. The outline will then be used for a final presentation in Week Five.

Include the following information in your outline:

Write an overview of your assigned environmental impact issue.

Examine local, state, and federal legal and regulatory requirements. Consider the following agencies:

o Occupational Safety and Health Administration

o Joint Commission of the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

o Your state’s health planning and development agency

o Department of Health and Human Services

o Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and other agencies as applicable to facility planning

Is there a Certificate of Need (CON) program for your state? If so, explain the program. If there is not a CON for your state, was there one in the past and when was it eliminated?

 

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What are issues to consider when meeting the International Building Code for a facility?

What measurements may be done in advance of the new plan or renovation?

List the stakeholders that may play a role in your development

 

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word outline with your findings.

Format your outline consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

HCS 446 Week 3 Discussion Question 1

Differentiate (i.e. compare and contrast) between regulations and accreditation standards, how do each effect design decisions?

 

HCS 446 Week 3 Discussion Question 2

If the site selected for your new healthcare facility is not zoned for that purpose, what are your options?

 

HCS 446 week 3 Individual Assignment Facility Planning - Part II

Resource: Facility Planning – Part II located on the student Website

Write a 1,050- to 1,450-word paper that includes the following elements:

Regulatory requirements and their effect on the design and equipment

Color selection implications and noise issues

List of the type of equipment needed

Electronic items needed

Examination of budget planning and cost estimates

Description of the role of stakeholders in facility planning and development

Gantt chart that details an implementation plan

 

 

 

HCS 446 Week 4 Discussion Question 1

How may the design of the facility affect both construction and long-term operating costs?

 

HCS 446 Week 4 Discussion Question 2

What is the health care manager’s role in assuring the successful completion and opening of the new facility?

 

HCS 446 Week 4 Team Assignment Facility Planning - Part III

Read the following information:

Health care facilities are unique and have clearly defined characteristics based on the needs of the facility or population being served. Poor design may lead to staff, visitor, or patient stress. In large facilities, inability to find a department may lead to frustrations and disorientation for older patients. Poor layout may also lead to staff inefficiencies or fines because of failure to meet regulatory requirements.

 

Resource: Facility Planning – Part III on the student Website

Download the SmartDraw Healthcare software located on your student Website in Week Four.

Complete a floor plan of the facility that you selected.

Select one of the following facilities and obtain approval from your faculty regarding this choice. Indicate if this will be a new facility or the renovation of an existing structure. If it is a new or existing structure, also explain why the renovation or new facility is needed.

An ambulatory care clinic

A clinic within a hospital, such as an emergency room, surgical center, or an OB unit

A family clinic

An outpatient clinic

A long-term care facility

 

Choose the template you want to use and it will then open in the SmartDraw software. From that point, you will be able to modify the template and add the information listed below. Once you have completed the floor plan and you are still in the SmartDraw software, save it as a Word .doc file. This will keep the file size small and you may post the file in your appropriate course folder.

Using your SmartDraw floor plan, focus on the following environmental design elements:

The healthcare structure

Diagnostic and treatment space equipment and location

Customer service and amenities, such as the reception desk, bathroom, shower, vending machine, and so forth

Clinical support areas, such as nurse’s station, charting areas, and so forth

Physician or dentist office space for patient consultation

Administrative offices

Building support, such as laundry, generator facilities, housekeeping, and so forth

Mechanical equipment, such as space for laboratory equipment, radiology equipment, gases such as oxygen, and suctions

Color and noise elements

Regulatory elements such as Occupational Safety and Health

 

Administration and ADA guidelines

Other elements such as IT or creative healing environmental ideas

 

Write a 350- to 700-word summary that includes the following information:

Reason you selected the floor plan you designed

Any recommendations or suggestions for completing your floor plan differently – what would you do differently next time?

Something that you learned from doing this process and completing your own floor plan

 

 

 

HCS 446 Week 5 Discussion Question 1

 

HCS 446 Week 5 Discussion Question 2

 

HCS 446 week 5 Team Assignment Environmental Impact Presentation

Resource: Environmental Impact Presentation worksheet on the

student Website

Develop a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with 12 to15 slides and detailed speaker’s notes.

Include the following information in your presentation:

Overview of the environmental impact issue

What are the current issues with your environmental impact situation?

What can be done to improve the environmental impact? Possible suggestions or solutions?

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