Ken McGinnis

Integrated Patient Room Controls

“The most important person in the patient room is the patient.” – HermanMiller Healthcare “Patient Rooms: A Changing Scene of Healing” Research Summary, 2010 With the advancements in medical treatment, more procedures and surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis. Therefore, patients requiring hospitalization, tend to be even less healthy than in the past. At … Read more

The Days of the Simple Wall Switch Are Gone!

The days of providing a simple wall switch to control lighting are gone. The last few revisions of the energy codes, whether the International Energy Conservation Code or ASHRAE 90.1, has continually increased lighting control complexity. However, with this complexity significant energy reduction, and thus lower operating costs, can be achieved resulting in relatively short … Read more

Emergency Power vs. Uninterruptible Power – There is a Difference

A common misconception is that emergency power and uninterruptible power are the same; however, emergency power is not necessarily uninterruptible, and uninterruptible power may not provide the duration of power required during power outages. Both forms of back-up power may require significant up front and long-term costs, but understanding the difference between the two systems … Read more

Balancing Redundancy, Reliability and Budget for Campus Primary Electrical Distribution Systems

A power outage can have significant impacts on your healthcare facility including jeopardizing patient safety as well as facing a potential loss of revenue and limiting patient services. But, taking the necessary steps to reduce these risks can be perceived as costly. How do you balance reliability, redundancy and budget to reduce your risk of … Read more