Making the decision to renovate a hospital is an expensive venture, but just like any other facility, it is completely necessary in order to keep the facility running up to par with health and safety standards to remain in compliance. Like any other property, hospitals age and require occasional maintenance or full-scale reconstruction in order to remain competitive in their markets. If a medical facility does not enlist in the services of a professional hospital moving logistics team, like that of Optim Workspace™, a Graebel Van Lines® company, interfacility transfers due to hospital floor and emergency room renovations, as well as daily hospital functions can quickly take a turn for the worse.
Since roughly 2009, healthcare construction has needed to adapt at a rapid pace. With insufficient hospital beds to accommodate the aging population and facilities becoming outdated each year as new technological advances and breakthroughs are made, hospital renovations, additions, and expansions are going to rapidly increase over the next 30 years. In fact, hospital renovations are going to increase at such an alarming rate that they will serve as the major source of income for construction firms.
Some of the best specialty construction companies that focus on hospital renovations, expansions, and new building constructions say that the number one key to building at a hospital is to stay out of the way of the daily practices of establishment, as well as make sure that the hospital knows all building plans, at all times. The goal is to expand upon the hospital’s needs, while causing the least amount of disruptions to hospital functions. Specialty construction companies and contractors should work hand-in-hand with the hospital coordinating and building team in order to make sure that all plans have been approved. Enlisting in the pristine moving services from a hospital renovation workspace solutions and logistics team will allow each facet of the hospital renovation to be headache free, allowing for each individual planning team to focus on their area of forte.
As a hospital construction company and contractor embarking on a new project, it is important to be well aware of the amount of noise that your plans are going to create inside the hospital, well in advance so that staff and patients are not alarmed. Noise and vibrations can cause interference with not only daily practices, but equipment as well. Since noise can penetrate through numerous floors, know exactly how many floors should be closed during the process. If necessary, interfacility transfers may need to be conducted until construction is finished.
When undergoing a hospital floor or emergency room renovation, interfacility transfers to sister sites are extremely common when a hospital does not have enough room to move patients within their own facility. The key determinations in an interfacility transfer are: meeting the patient’s needs and maintaining continuity of care. This means that when a hospital is undergoing renovations or a major construction and facility move, the very last aspect of an interfacility transfer is proximity to the current site. During the process of interfacility transfers, a professional hospital moving company and logistics team will coordinate with practitioners both at the current facility and receiving facility to make sure that all patients on the floor designated for renovation are safely and properly received before commencing any bed removals. In the event that the transport crew feels as if it would be unsafe to transfer the patient (i.e. inclement weather, unruly patient, or inadequate equipment) the hospital renovation logistics team will put plans on standby until timing permits.
Interfacility transfers play a major role in hospital and/or emergency renovation or construction plans, because many facilities will seek refuge for their patients on a lease program. It is not uncommon for hospice centers to lease an entire floor of a facility, which is an option for hospitals with construction underway, as well. When enlisting in workspace solutions for a medical facility, it is important to keep in mind that a professional hospital renovation planning and moving team will coordinate their efforts with practitioners in order to keep patients top of mind, the renovation and construction plans coming second.
Since safety is key, after all facility transfers are complete, the hospital workspace solutions logistics team will coordinate efforts to move all hospital furniture and technological equipment in the most logical manner possible. The professional hospital movers, construction crew, and contractors should be well aware not to disturb or turn off any utilities, as they may disrupt the remaining operating floors. Hospital workspace solutions coordinators may move one floor or numerous floors’ belongings either to onsite storage or to a grade-A, climate-controlled storage facility/warehouse.
While moving hospital furniture and equipment on each floor, Optim Workspace™ will digitally log, barcode, and track all items. Optim™ Workspace and Graebel Van Lines® teams coordinate efforts in order to conduct the simplest hospital move, leaving little to no disruption to construction plans and crews, contractor supervision, as well as hospital patients and staff. If storage space is needed, all digitally logged inventory will be arranged and an optimized floorplan will be created through a computerized system, for the safest warehousing of high-tech hospital equipment. Workspace solutions coordinators will disassemble, pack and crate, transport, store, and reassemble all hospital furniture and equipment once construction has been completed.
Optim™ Workspace is a reputable hospital moving and logistics company. With over 60 years’ experience in specialty moves and logistics, such a hospitals and medical facilities, our professional team of workspace solution professionals can make your hospital move simple. Our hospital moving logistics team will meet with your medical staff, construction coordinators, contractors, and other key players to ensure maximum communication that is necessary for a stress-free hospital move.
For more information on conducting a hospital renovation, addition, or expansion with safety in mind, contact Optim™ Workspace to speak with a workspace solutions coordinator about our logistics moving plans for hospitals.