Designing and Building Hospitals of the Future

Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, there has been much speculation and many opinions as to how this sweeping law will impact the American healthcare system. Now, four years later, as the first open enrollment deadline of March 31 passes, uncertainty still exists, but we now have a better grasp on the enormous change that is, and will be, taking place throughout the healthcare system.

Company Values: Recognizing Austin’s All Stars

Companies approach the development of Mission, Vision and Values statements in a number of ways. How they come up with them is one thing. How they reflect reality and become one and the same with how the company operates, even exists, is a whole different thing.

Design and Construction Industry Outlook - Optimism Abounds

Two recent surveys indicate widespread optimism about the economy and our industry.

First, a McKinsey & Company survey of global executives points to a great amount of optimism. In this survey, when asked about current North American economic conditions compared with six months ago, 59% said they were either ‘substantially better’ or ‘moderately better’, while 30% reported they were about the same. When asked what they expect conditions to be in six months, 51% said they will be ‘substantially better’ or ‘moderately better’, and 39% said they would be the same. In short, only about 10% of North American executives surveyed said they thought conditions were declining.

5 Common Pitfalls of Conducting Site Selection In-House

Brandon Talbert, Location Consultant with Austin Consulting

As companies plan where to locate their next facility, a decision is typically made early on as to whether the process will be managed in-house or with the assistance of a third-party.  It may seem logical to manage the process in-house for a variety of reasons. After all, nobody knows your business better than you do. However, the value of utilizing the expertise and guidance of an experienced third-party consultant cannot be underestimated. Here are five common pitfalls of conducting the site selection process in-house:

The Importance of Not Just Meeting, but Exceeding Expectations

I am attending an industry conference this week. It’s a big, annual meeting of industry executives and we are getting updates on all the things the presenting organizations do for their members. Membership with these organizations is not a small investment and the cost to send people to this conference is also not a small investment.

Continuous Improvement Strategies that Defy Corporate Aging

The Editor for Smart Business Cleveland, Fred Koury, recently wrote “Efficiency is the end goal for every business…Never stop innovating ways to be more efficient in every aspect of your business.”

New Website and Spring Events - Updates from Austin Healthcare

Spring Industry Events

This spring, the Austin Healthcare team is looking forward to attending multiple state hospital association events. These include:

How Enabling Employees Leads to Sustainable Growth

Manager: “I’m concerned about our training budget. What if we invest in all this training and the employees leave?”

Executive: “I’m concerned too. What if we don’t invest in the employees and they stay?”

How We Plan for the Future

A few weeks back, I wrote that I was excited to spend the next few weeks with Austin’s senior management team, and after that, some time with this year's Leadership Development Program (LDP) team. I thought I would take this opportunity to report on those meetings.

What to Watch for in Due Diligence - The Devil’s in the Details

Jonathan Gemmen, Senior Location Consultant with Austin Consulting

For a typical industrial site search, our team sifts through information on dozens, if not hundreds of industrial properties. Upon a tertiary review, a large percentage of these sites appear to be viable location options. Yet, it is surprising just how many of these good-looking sites have one or more shortcomings that must still be overcome to be deemed ready for development.