By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.
At the recent American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference, much of the talk focused on the changing role of facilities leaders, and how a more strategic approach to facilities management is gaining facility managers a seat at the executive table. According to an article in the July issue of Health Facilities Management, there are a number of reasons for the change:
- Increasing size of capital programs and budgets
- Evidence that physical environment has a significant impact on patient care
- Recognition that facilities managers have an opportunity to contribute to patient safety and comfort
- Awareness that facility condition plays a role in attracting medical staff, administrative staff, and patients
A key element in becoming a strategic player is focusing on how facilities support the healthcare mission and the organization’s goals.
How are you demonstrating the strategic importance of facilities in your organization?