Now with the addition of Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA), a JENSEN HUGHES company, we have expanded our expertise within the healthcare industry. We provide comprehensive assistance to all types of healthcare facilities (health systems, hospitals, senior living, ambulatory centers and Medical Office Buildings) in assessing and addressing their fire safety, life safety and emergency management challenges. Throughout the entire healthcare environment, fire protection systems and other life safety features, as well as emergency preparedness planning, are vital to ensuring those individuals who are placed under a facility’s care, as well as its staff and visitors, are protected in any kind of emergency. Our team includes seasoned fire protection engineers, life safety specialists, emergency management professionals, fire service and former healthcare facility compliance leaders to bring expert consultants to ensure code and standard compliance while helping you stay ahead of the curve as regulations change.
We conduct facility evaluations that document deficiencies, outline plans for improvement, conduct training and design efficient, cost-effective systems and procedures — all in order to achieve compliance at every level. We evaluate both existing facilities and construction projects from pre-design planning through post-construction.
Life Safety Code® Assessment
Assessments are completed to ensure that the building and its fire protection features will protect lives during a fire and are evaluated based on the updated life safety requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code®. Through our representation on the NFPA 101® Technical Committee on Health Care Occupancies and NFPA Health Care Section Codes & Standards Committee, we are able to utilize our extensive knowledge of the Code, permitted exceptions, and interpretations to complete projects more accurately than anyone else in the industry.
Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems
Key components of a facility’s fire protection features are the fire alarm and fire suppression systems. First and foremost, properly designed and implemented fire alarm and suppression systems provide for an increased level of protection for patients and staff. Healthcare facilities have the challenge of protecting occupants who are rendered unconscious, immobile or are otherwise incapable of self-preservation. Secondly, code compliant fire protection systems allow for other building design parameters to be adjusted and modified for more cost-effective construction. Our obligation as healthcare design professionals is to ensure that the proper fire protection and life safety systems are designed, implemented and maintained. Unfortunately, fire alarm and suppression systems are often incorrectly designed or have noncompliant modifications. JENSEN HUGHES’ expert design engineers can properly assess and design your facility’s fire protection systems to maintain proper protection of your occupants and structures.
Fire Safety Procedures and Training
Healthcare Fire Safety and Training
We assess your existing fire procedures, ensure the right procedures are in place to complement your site-specific levels of acuity, staffing and physical plant attributes, and train staff—with special focus on leadership—to respond to and recover from a fire in your facility.
High Acuity Unit and O.R. Fire Training
We have been on the leading edge of surgical fire prevention and high acuity clinical unit fire training for over 40 years. We will review/redesign your fire procedures to ensure compliance with codes/standards; train your clinical and support staff under realistic fire conditions; address causes, prevention, suppression, surgical team roles, and evacuation procedures; reinforce procedures with practical drills and exercises.
We provide consulting and support services to help you develop and strengthen your Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP). We offer specialized support and training for:
- EPP assessments
- Development and/or Improvement of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS)
- Full Building Evacuations (FBE) plan design
- Surge Capacity Assessments and Plan Design (from a mass casualty and epidemic/pandemic to receiving patients from an evacuation of another healthcare facility)
- Mutual Aid Plan Design and Disaster Exercises
- Leadership and management training
Construction Phase Services
We are committed to supporting improved healthcare outcomes through design, and offer design-build services to help keep your projects on schedule and on budget. We can help in any phase, and will help navigate future code and standard implications to potential design. We will also help in drawing review and conduct site visits. Additionally, we have a unique element to our services as we incorporate supportive methods for fire attack (fire department operations), healthcare facility surge and evacuation, and cross-walking to accreditation/licensure requirements in preparation for when the facility opens.
Here are some examples of how we can help in your construction phase:
- Life Safety Code® Consulting
- Fire Protection Consulting and Systems Design
- Smoke Control
- Security Systems Design
- Emergency Management and Planning Systems Design
- Mass Notification Systems
- Accessibility Consulting
Our industry leading technology meets the need for real-time coordination, communication and response across departments and facilities. RPA Navigator technology is built from the experiences that we and our clients have had in disaster exercises, actual disasters and fires, and accreditation/licensure survey outcomes. The result of this vast experience is that RPA Navigator provides a powerful technology solution for emergency management and life safety.
For more information, click here to visit our RPA Navigator site.
Due to the unique nature of the healthcare environment, hospitals and other medical facilities are faced with the challenge of providing code compliant buildings while at the same time providing for a comfortable and private environment for patients to receive care and treatment. The responsibility for providing a safe, comfortable and private environment often rests on the architects and engineers that design renovations, alterations, additions and new buildings. In this effort, existing facility constraints or conflicting code requirements can limit the design team’s ability to meet those goals. In these instances, code equivalencies or waivers may be an option. As part of the design team, our fire, life safety and building code experts can review the existing constraints and many times develop a series of alternative measures that provide for an equivalent level of safety without sacrificing the patient care or building safety. These alternative measures are brought to the appropriate Authority Having Jurisdiction for review and acceptance.
Some examples of these types of efforts are:
- Joint Commission/CMS Time Limited Waivers (TLW)
- Development of Fire Safety Evaluation Systems (FSES- NFPA 101A)
- Local jurisdiction code determinations or reviews
Related Project Experience
- Adventist Health System
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital
- Children’s Hospital Boston
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Cleveland Clinic
- Life Care Centers of America
- Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
- New York Presbyterian Hospital
- New York University Langone Medical Center
- Revera, Inc.
- Stanford University Hospital
- Steward Health Care System
- The Children’s Hospital Denver
- Trinity Health New England
- University of California Davis Medical Center
- University of Chicago New Hospital Pavilion
- University of Maryland Medical Center
- University of Mississippi Medical Center
- University of Pennsylvania Health System
- University of Rochester / Strong Memorial Hospital
- West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
- Yale New Haven Health System
Healthcare Facilities in the UK and Ireland
- Acute Mental Health Facility, Belfast City Hospital
- High Containment Facility, Glaxo Wellcome, Dartford
- Institute of Cancer Research-Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery, Sutton
- St Vincent’s Cystic Fibrosis Ward Block, Dublin
- Trauma & Orthopaedic Centre, Craigavon Hospital, Armagh
- University College Hospital, Proton Beam Therapy, London
- Al Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Al Ain Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- American Hospital, Dubai, UAE
- Awali Cardiac Centre, Awali, Bahrain
- Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- Dubai University Hospital, Dubai, UAE
- German General Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
- King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, KSA
- King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- SANG Hospitals, Various Locations in KSA
- Sheikh Said Ali Ghodran Medical Center, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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