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Building the hospital of the future

Hospital Safety Insider, June 19, 2014

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After watching hospitals in New Orleans flounder in the wake of flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and then seeing similar problems arise when Hurricane Sandy inundated hospital basements in New York City in 2013, it's hard to believe anyone would want to build a new facility anywhere near water.
 
But that's exactly what happened with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Despite expert predictions that sea levels could rise up to 3 feet in the next century, Spaulding opened a brand-new facility in 2013 on the Boston waterfront that's expected to last up to 75 years.
 
How Spaulding was able to do that is a bit of a hospital engineering miracle, and it's an example of how hospital administrations are looking toward the future when thinking of how to construct functional facilities that fit into the community and most importantly, stay open when Mother Nature has a temper tantrum.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming July issue of Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.



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