By Michael Marsh
Increasingly, hospitals and healthcare networks recognize that real estate is itself part of the patient and visitor experience, and that it affects patient outcomes. And, as the third-highest cost on the balance sheet, facilities also represent an opportunity for cost savings. In search of new approaches to reducing facilities costs, mitigating risks and enhancing the patient experience, Methodist Health System recently announced a new partnership with JLL for integrated facility management (IFM) services.
Methodist Health is one of many hospitals and health networks exploring IFM partnerships today. The fact is, hospitals and healthcare network executives are being stretched thin by competing industry demands. Complex and evolving regulations, rising costs, industry consolidation and the increased pressure to improve patient outcomes are just some of the challenges.
Accessing these benefits is what motivated Methodist Health System to engage JLL as its IFM partner. Specifically, the partnership is focused on Methodist’s three priorities of reducing costs; supporting regulatory compliance and an optimal care environment; and achieving operational excellence. JLL is providing IFM services to four Methodist Health System hospitals totaling 4.1 million square feet, located throughout North Texas. The services include everything from security and maintenance to capital planning and IFM technology implementation. [Read more…]