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Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:36

Off Site, Off The Hook?

Written by  Thomas J. Huser, MS, CHSP

How do you define a facility as being “off site?” Do you use the campus approach? If you are located off of the campus, you are off site. Do you use the mileage approach? If you are X miles or more from the campus, you are off site. Or does your facility use an approach similar to ours? If you cannot hear the hospital fire alarm bells, you are off site. We have used this approach for several years on our campus where there are two medical office buildings directly attached to the main hospital (one is four stories with a two-story underground garage and the other is nine stories). The attached buildings are owned by the hospital, and hospital departments occupy the majority of one of the buildings. However, since they are operated by an independent management firm, there has always been a “hands off” approach taken by the hospital including