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Looking for a hard-copy print subscription or to renew your current subscription? Environment of Care News is going ALL DIGITAL! No more print issues starting in 2018. Check out either our single user online license OR our online institutional site license subscription options. Not sure which subscription is right for you? See below.

Single user access is granted via an individual user name and password.

Share important and timely information with your ENTIRE organization with an online site license subscription to EC News, your key to accurate, up-to-the-minute news on EC, EM, and LS standards and tips for survey success. Everyone in your facility will have current and past issues right at their fingertips.

An institutional site license offers access via IP range.

$349.00 - $2,599.00
Product Description

Product Description

Environment of Care News is going ALL DIGITAL!
There will be no more print issues starting in 2018. This means that you will get your trusted, authoritative content from Joint Commission Resources in an even more timely and convenient way. No more waiting for your paper issue to reach you via snail mail. Get digital access 24/7 at your fingertips. New issues are pushed out to subscribers via email, plus you have quick and easy access to digital archives going back 5 years. Digital subscription options are available for single users, institutions, and health care systems.
Check out either our single user online license or our online institutional site license subscription options. Not sure which subscription is right for you? See below. 

Your Key to the Best EC Information Available!
Environment of Care® News provides practical, accurate advice on Joint Commission EC, EM, and LS standards, plus all the latest developments that affect these areas. The following are some of the most popular features in EC News:

  • Late-breaking EC standards news and how to meet the most frequently cited EC standards.
  • EC Q & A, with authoritative answers to your toughest EC questions.
  • Case Studies featuring success stories full of practical, hands-on examples of how organizations address EC compliance issues.

In addition to the print version you can also sign up to receive Environment of Care® News online! Receive each issue right on your computer with a few clicks of your mouse. By signing up for online access, you get

  • Speed
    • Get information fast—you'll have access to the online issue before it mails to your organization
    • Receive each issue directly—no more waiting for each issue to make its way through your organization to your desk
  • Access
    • Additional information is at your fingertips—click on a hyperlink and go directly to related information anywhere on the internet
    • Never misplace an issue—you can access current and archive issues online, without taking up space on your desk
  • Searchability
    • An online search engine—find articles on a specific topic or for a specific setting
    • Additional help—one click will open up a world of related resources to help you with a particular topic
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Single user online license:  Need access to a JCR periodical just for yourself?  This is the option for you. A single user online license to a JCR periodical entitles an individual to digital access (via an individual user name and password) to new issues for the period of the subscription (1, 2, or 3 years) AND digital access to archived issues going back 5 years. This option also allows you to print any new or archived issues for your own use.
Institutional site license: Does your team need access to a JCR periodical? Or maybe everyone in your organization could benefit from such access? Then this is the option for you. An online institutional site license to a JCR periodical entitles unlimited users in a single organization to digital access (via IP range) to new issues for the period of the subscription (1, 2, or 3 years) AND digital access to archived issues going back 5 years. This option also allows anyone in the organization to print any new or archived issues for internal use.
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Current Issue

Current Issue

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



Executive Editor: Jim Parker
Project Manager: Lisa King
Associate Director, Publications: Helen M. Fry, M.A.
Executive Director: Catherine Chopp Hinckley, Ph.D.

Subscription Information
Environment of Care® News (ISSN 1097-9913) is published monthly (twelve 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

Copyright 2015 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.

Author Guidelines
Environment of Care® News features timely, practical articles about meeting Joint Commission EC, EM, and LS standards. Key topics include the management of safety, security, hazardous materials and waste, emergencies, life safety and fire prevention, medical equipment, and utilities.

Your article should describe your own organization’s noteworthy EC activities or provide specific, hands-on help for EC standards compliance and survey preparation. The opportunity to share an EC success story is open to all types of health care organizations. Do not submit completed articles without first contacting the editor. After you are given the go-ahead, write your article in an informal, first-person style and provide a brief description of your organization (location, number of beds, types of patients, etc.). Articles should be between 700 and 1,400 words, including any accompanying tables or charts. Please submit your article in a file format compatible with Microsoft Word by e-mail to or on CD.

A panel of Joint Commission experts on EC standards and accreditation issues will review each article that is considered suitable for publication. Notification of the editorial decision usually will be provided within one month. Authors should be available to answer the editor’s questions and approve edited copy.

Send all articles to
Jim Parker, Executive Editor
Joint Commission Resources
1515 W. 22nd St. Suite 1300,
Oakbrook, Illinois 60523

For additional information about submission guidelines, please call the editor at 630/792-5459.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue of Environment of Care® News in which their article appears. Joint Commission Resources does not pay for article submissions.

Editorial Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board

Department of Engineering
George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, Director
Anne M. Guglielmo, CFPS, CHSP, LEED AP, Engineer
John D. Maurer, CHFM, CHSP, SASHE, Engineer
Kathy Tolomeo, CHEP, Engineer
James Woodson, PE, CHFM, Engineer

Department of Standards and Survey Methods
James Kendig, Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development

Editorial Advisory Board:
Daniel Boggs, MBA
Dignity Health, Phoenix, Arizona

Mike Chihoski, MS, CHFM, CHSP, SASHE, AMDP
d1 Development, Peoria, Illinois

Dodd M. Day, MAS, CSP, CPP, CHSP
Life Safety Code Surveyor, The Joint Commission

Meg Femino, HEM
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

David P. Klein, PE
Veterans Health Administration Washington, DC

Michael Kuechenmeister, FASHE, CHFM, CHC
West Chester Medical Center, West Chester, Ohio

Shan A. Largoza, MBA, CHFM, CHSP, CHEP
Vice President, Ancillary Services and Environment of Care, Baptist Health System

Kurt Martz, CHFM, CHSP
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital/Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, Hinsdale, Illinois

Karen F. Waninger
Community Hospitals Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

Ted West, MS, CFPS, CFI
Life Safety Code Surveyor, The Joint Commission



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

  • EC standards and survey process
  • Your toughest EC questions
  • Success stories, examples, and tips to help you excel on your next EC survey
  • Special EC pointers for multiple settings: Hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory care, office-based surgery practices, nursing care centers, home care, laboratories, 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. See Author Guidelines on the "About" tab.

Is there discount pricing for health care systems with multiple facilities?
For pricing considerations for health systems with multiple sites and multi-year subscriptions, please contact Helen Fry at or 630.792.5414.

For general periodical FAQs, please click here.



Environment of Care News Index for 2000-2011
Click on the link below to view or save a PDF of the EC News index!

EC News Cumulative Index

HINT: To easily navigate from one letter to another, click on the "Bookmarks" tab on the lefthand side of the PDF.



Contact the Editor
Jim Parker
Joint Commission Resources
1515 W. 22nd Street, 1300W
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
630/792-4447 (fax)

About Standards Interpretation
If you have questions regarding interpretation or clarification of The Joint Commission standards, please contact The Joint Commission's Standards Interpretation Group (SIG) through the Online Question Form or by calling 630/792-5900.

About Sharing Your Ideas Do you have If so, please send your ideas to Environment of Care® News at

  • 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?
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