Volume 64 | Fall 2010
“A Challenging Time To Be In Health
Care: So What Are We Going To Do About It?"
by Mike Kelly,
Director of Facilities/urban campuses / Providence Health Care, Spokane WA
As I begin my 32nd year in health care engineering, I am not sure that I have
ever experienced such a dynamic time. We at Providence Sacred Heart Medical
Center are currently going through a reduction in force. Those of us in health
care engineering know about the trauma and stress that puts all of us through!
We are being asked to cut expenses by a minimum of 5%. We sure thank the Lord
for low natural gas prices. In Spokane, we have integrated the two Providence
campuses at Sacred Heart & Holy Family Hospital, including the combining of the
two departments under one Facilities. I now have responsibility for the two
campuses and I am blessed with a superior Facilities Management team and an
outstanding Facilities staff.
The integration included combining Facilities, Construction Management, Clinical
Engineering and Providence Sacred Heart Engineering Services, the for-profit
bio-med service that manages over 240-contracts for various hospitals, clinics,
and other health care providers. Also included were Security, Parking Services
and Grounds. During the initial stages of the integration, the management staff
challenged each other to identify, implement and report out cost-saving
initiatives on a bi-monthly basis. Our team has been very successful and we
would like to share that success with our WSSHE members. In the link below, you
will find a spreadsheet identifying actual cost-saving initiatives that reduced
the Facilities budget, cost-saving initiatives that saved money for other
departments, energy initiatives such as the 25-watt lamp conversion project that
is waiting for capital dollars to be released, VFD’s and cost-avoidance that has
Spreadsheet of Facilities Budget cost-saving Initiatives [pdf]
My hope is that our work can open cost-saving doors for you and your facility so
we may better serve the needs of our patients, families, visitors and staff.
Best of luck.
Director of Facilities/urban campuses
Providence Health Care
[October 27, 2010]
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