Andy Vogel

I entered into the healthcare realm a dozen years ago. What first fascinated me about this industry was the complexity of healthcare facilities and the multi-faceted services that they provide. Quickly my focus shifted beyond the built environment to clinical operations and improved processes. My wife is a nurse which has aided me in my incessant pursuit for knowledge and the focus on staff. Enhancing their ability to provide excellent care is my passion.
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A Growing Need for Critical Access Hospitals

Posted by Andy Vogel on Dec 09, 2016 at 1:50 PM

I recently read on the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) website that 66 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. The closure rate is increasing. It was six times higher in 2015 than in 2010. A study the NRHA commissioned revealed that 673 rural hospitals are “vulnerable or at risk for closure.” Of this group, a large number are Critical Access Hospitals (CAH).

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Topics: critical access

How Design Process Influences a Healthcare Facility’s Life Cycle Costs

Posted by Andy Vogel on Aug 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM

In a previous lifetime, I worked for a large architecture firm that provided rollout retail work. While I cannot say that I particularly enjoyed this type of work very much, I did learn a lesson that would shape my career. This firm had achieved tremendous growth in the time I was there; and in a discussion with the president, he explained the success. They acquired a firm that focused on lean operations and ergonomics. The expertise this firm brought to the design process allowed us to save our clients money on staffing and workers’ compensation costs. To paraphrase the president, “If you can affect a business’ operations, then you can significantly affect their profitability.”

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Topics: approach, healthcare design, operations improvement