Nearly half of hospital administrators plan renovations in 2013, survey says

March 18, 2013 |
Drew Ballensky

This year will be a busy one for hospital renovations. Nearly half (47%) of the 125 respondents to a HealthLeaders Media survey say they plan upgrades to existing facilities, while 26% say they have plans for new facilities. Key goals for facility overhauls are upgrading aging buildings, improving business operations, and boosting disaster resiliency.

The recession has created pent-up demand for renovations. “A lot of places are holding off as long as they can, but you get to a place where you just have to move forward,” says Susan Doliner, vice president for development at Maine Medical Center, a 600-bed hospital in Portland. In California, hospitals have until 2030 to meet the state's seismic safety standards, and some are already addressing that issue with renovations.

(http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/FIN-289992/Construction-Renovation-Part-of-Capital-Plans##)

Drew Ballensky | Reconstruction Blog

Drew Ballensky is general manager of Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.’s central U.S. facility in Iowa and company spokesman for Duro-Last’s cool roofing, sustainability and architectural education programs. He is past-president of the Chemical Fabrics and Film Association and chairman of CFFA’s Vinyl Roofing Division. Drew earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Northern Iowa and master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University.
Drew has over 29 years experience in business and industry in various engineering and managerial capacities. He has worked in the U.S. and Canadian operations for a major international manufacturer of pre-engineered steel buildings, was a financial analyst with a major athletic apparel manufacturer and was an owner of a general contracting company.

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