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VA Seeks to Transform Its Health Care Facilities



A report on state-of-the-art practices for high-performance, sustainable and flexible health care environments could help the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) transform its facilities.


A report on state-of-the-art practices for high-performance, sustainable and flexible health care environments could help the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) transform its facilities.
 
Prepared by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) at the request of the VA, the report develops five principal conclusions with supporting recommendations applicable to new and renovated health care facilities.
  
The first conclusion is that organizational collaboration is essential to achieve the VA’s goals to move its facilities into the 21st century. This includes collaboratively developing performance metrics and benchmarks, and evaluating and adopting external “best practices” for operational processes.
 
Other recommendations include exploring veteran- and family-centered care in the design of VA facilities and conducting case studies of "best practice" environments.
 
Exploring alternative procurement models for obtaining and operating facilities, and testing and validating new healthcare delivery concepts will also be necessary, says the report.



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