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Environment of Care® News

Your Gateway to the Best EC, LS, and EM Content Available!

Stay current on environment of care, emergency management, life safety, and even infection control requirements and best practices—and the latest research—by subscribing to Environment of Care® News. Each month’s issue communicates developments and provides practical, accurate advice on EC, EM, and LS standards.

This authoritative, monthly digital newsletter is a must-read for facilities managers, safety directors, biomedical/clinical engineers, emergency readiness coordinators, fire protection personnel, utilities managers, and more.

  • An individual license is intended for single users only. This ebook cannot be shared, disseminated, downloaded, or posted for widespread or public use. 
  • site license allows this ebook to be shared among unlimited users but only within one facility or site, either by posting to a secure intranet site or by providing other means of secure access. Please contact JCR Customer Service (877.223.6866 option 1) for pricing of a site license.
  • system license allows this ebook to be shared among unlimited users within all facilities or sites within a health care system, either by posting to a secure intranet site or by providing other means of secure access. Please contact JCR Customer Service (877.223.6866 option 1) for pricing of a system license.

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Product Description

Product Description

Environment of Care® News provides practical, accurate advice on Joint Commission environment of care (EC), emergency management (EM), and life safety (LS) standards, plus all the latest developments that affect these areas. Stay on top of changes to Joint Commission requirements, best practices seen in the field, and news and information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other regulating bodies that affect Joint Commission standards—and your compliance activities in your health care organization.

This authoritative, monthly digital newsletter is a must-read for health care facilities managers, safety directors, biomedical/clinical engineers, accreditation compliance professionals, emergency readiness coordinators, fire protection personnel, utilities managers, nurse supervisors, and others who need to know how to maintain a safe and secure environment of care for patients, staff, and visitors in all health care settings. Infection prevention and control staff would also benefit from the expert, timely coverage.

Key Content

  • Lessons learned by health care organizations showing how Joint Commission preparedness standards have helped prepare for and recover from all types of disasters and emergencies 
  • Best practice solutions from the field  
  • Case studies featuring success stories full of practical, hands-on examples of how organizations address EC, LS, and EM compliance issues
  • Top EC, EM, and LS standards compliance issues
  • News and information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other regulating bodies that affect Joint Commission standards

Key Features

  • From TJC Department of Engineering—Insights into Joint Commission standards and EPs, important news, and other critical EC, LS, and EM information, straight from the experts at The Joint Commission
  • Toolbox—Checklists and other practical tools to help facility professionals meet risk management and procedural challenges
  • What’s Your Solution?—Readers contribute their own solutions to frequently asked questions

Standards: EC, EM, LS

Settings: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Home Care, Hospital, Office-Based Surgery, Nursing Care Centers, Laboratory

Audience: Facilities managers, safety directors, biomedical/clinical engineers, accreditation compliance professionals, emergency readiness coordinators, fire protection personnel, utilities managers, infection preventionists, nurse supervisors, and others responsible for a safe and secure environment in all health care settings

Current Issue

Current Issue

To view a brief description of articles in the current issue of Environment of Care® News, click here.

About

About

Staff
Executive Editor: Carolyn Schierhorn, MA
Senior Project Manager: Lisa King
Executive Director, Global Publishing: Catherine Chopp Hinckley, MA, PhD

Subscription Information
Environment of Care® News (ISSN 1097-9913) is published monthly (12 times a year) by Joint Commission Resources, 1515 West 22nd Street, Suite 1300, Oak Brook, IL 60523

For questions about subscribing or renewing your subscription or updating your address information, please contact Customer Service at 877-223-6866 or jcrcustomerservice@pbd.com.

© 2019 The Joint Commission

Joint Commission Resources, Inc (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, has been designated by The Joint Commission to publish publications and multimedia products. JCR reproduces and distributes the materials under license from The Joint Commission.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any reasons without written permission. Contact permissions@jcrinc.com.

Author Guidelines

Environment of Care® News features timely, practical articles about meeting Joint Commission environment of care (EC), emergency management (EM), and life safety (LS) standards. Key topics include the management of safety in the physical environment, security, hazardous materials and waste, emergency management, workplace violence, life safety and fire prevention, medical equipment, and utilities.

EC News invites readers to submit best-practice solutions to “What’s Your Solution?” questions as well queries regarding potential articles, including case studies. Please submit suggestions to cschierhorn@jcrinc.com. Articles pre-approved for submission should be between 700 and 1,400 words and include graphic elements, such as photos and charts. 

A panel of Joint Commission experts on EC, LS, and EM standards and accreditation issues will review each article that is considered suitable for publication. Authors should be available to answer the editor’s questions and approve edited copy.

Customer Advisory Board

Customer Advisory Board

Technical Support and Review:

Department of Engineering

Herman McKenzie, MBA, CHSP

Director of Engineering, Standards Interpretation Group

 

Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations

James Kendig, MS, CHSP, CHCM, CHEM

Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development

 

Timothy Markijohn, MBA/MHA, CHFM, CHE

Field Director, Life Safety

 

Joint Commission Resources Consulting

Lisa Hardesty, MA, CFI, CHSP, HEM

Principal Consultant/Environment of Care and Life Safety

 

Customer Advisory Board

Eric R. Alberts, BS, CEM, FPEM, FPEM-HC, CHPP, CHEP, SEM

Corporate Manager, Emergency Preparedness

Orlando Health, Orlando, Florida

 

Gail Burke, MLS (ASCP)

Accreditation Specialist

Box Butte General Hospital, Alliance, Nebraska

 

Kailen J. Collette, PE, MBA

Chief of Engineering and Facilities Management Services

Montana Veterans Affairs Health System, Helena, Montana

 

Michael F. Craig, CHFM, CHSP, CHC, FMP, SE

Director of Facilities

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

 

Jessica S. Gordon, MHSA, CHSP, CJCP

Director of Accreditation and Safety

Bon Secours Mercy Health, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Tina M. Hernandez, CHSP

Environment of Care/Life Safety Specialist

Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

Shan A. Largoza, MBA, CHFM, CHEP, CHSP

CEO, Founder, and Owner

MILSPEC Logistics, San Antonio, Texas

 

Edmund Lydon, MS, CHFM, FASHE

Senior Director, Support Services

Beth Israel Lahey Health, Boston

 

Lawrence A. Newman

Vice President of Facilities and Construction

SUN Behavioral Health, Red Bank, New Jersey

 

John O’Brien, CHFM, MBA, LEED AP

Administrative Director

SSM Health, St. Louis, Missouri

 

Timothy Rowlett, CHFM

Site Director of Facilities Management and Hospital Safety Officer

Beaumont Health, Troy, Michigan

 

John J. Ward, MS, CHSP

Administrative Director, Environmental Safety and Regulatory

Cooper University Health Care, Camden, New Jersey

 

Bryan Warren, MBA, CHPA, CPO-I

President

War-Sec Security, Charlotte, North Carolina

 
FAQs

FAQs

Who within my organization should subscribe to Environment of Care® News?

EC News provides information for health care facilities managers, safety directors, biomedical/clinical engineers, emergency readiness coordinators, fire protection personnel, utilities managers, nurse supervisors, and Joint Commission survey coordinators. Infection prevention and control staff would also benefit from the expert, timely coverage.

What topics does EC News cover?

EC News covers top stories on

  • Environment of care (EC), life safety (LS), and emergency management (EM) standards and survey process
  • Your toughest EC, LS, and EM compliance challenges
  • Best practice solutions from the field
  • Success stories, examples, and tips to help you excel on your next survey
  • Special pointers for multiple settings: Hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory health care, office-based surgery practices, nursing care centers, home care, laboratories, and behavioral health care

How often does EC News publish?

EC News is published 12 times a year by Joint Commission Resources.

Can I submit articles?

Yes, but obtain pre-approval from the editor first. See Author Guidelines on the "About" tab.

For general periodical FAQs, please click here.
 
Contact

Contact

Contact the Editor 
Carolyn Schierhorn, MA
Joint Commission Resources
1515 W. 22nd Street, 1300W
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
(630) 268-3747
cschierhorn@jcrinc.com

About Sharing Your Ideas

Do you have

  • An idea for an article?
  • A contact for a case study?
  • An example of an organization “doing the right things right”? (Maybe even your organization!)
  • An outstanding and useful form, tool, or checklist?
  • A question that needs answering?
  • A myth or misconception that needs clarification?
  • A hot topic that you want addressed?
  • A crucial issue that needs attention?

If so, please send your ideas to Environment of Care® News at cschierhorn@jcrinc.com.

About Standards Interpretation
If you have questions regarding interpretation or clarification of The Joint Commission standards, please check out Joint Commission Standards Interpretation FAQs or contact The Joint Commission's Standards Interpretation Group (SIG) through the Online Question Form.

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Joint Commission Resources reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a program due to an insufficient number of registrants or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program must be cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded in full to each registrant. You may verify current program status on our website or by calling JCR Customer Service at 877.223.6866. Neither Joint Commission Resources nor The Joint Commission is responsible for a registrant's travel expenses in the event a program is cancelled. Participants are encouraged to purchase refundable tickets in case a program is cancelled or rescheduled.

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Due to the variation in meeting room temperatures and personal preferences, we recommend that you dress in layers for your comfort. 

Payment Options

Payment Options

All Joint Commission Resources products require pre-payment. For your convenience, if you do not have a credit card available, we offer a sales quote/proforma invoice option to assist with initiating your payment. Payments submitted by check take up to 14 days to process. If you are registering for a program less than 14 days away, your registration may not be received in time and your seat may not be reserved. You will not have access to electronic program materials until your payment has been received. We strongly recommend credit card payments for any events less than 14 days away.

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Or contact Customer Service at 877.223.6866 (+1 770 238 0454 outside the US) or via email at jcrcustomerservice@pbd.com to have a proforma invoice created and emailed directly to you.

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