5 considerations for hospitals' planning, design and construction teams

When a hospital commits to a new capital project — be it a renovation, expansion or original construction project — the planning, design and construction team becomes one of the hospital's most valuable assets, according to a report from CBRE Healthcare.

"An internal planning, design and construction team should understand the mission and vision of the institution and seek to support and propel both," according to the report.

The PDC team can help propel a hospital's mission and vision through a capital project by:

1. Having a clear understanding of the hospital's vision and how the department's services apply to that vision

2. Examining whether new models of care delivery and project delivery require a different organizational approach for the team

3. Adjusting staffing ratios based on the hospital's current and projected capital volume

4. Being sure to have a good handle on the core services the team must provide to meet the hospital's "normal" capital project load

5. Considering which services the team should provide and which could be outsourced



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