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Using Temporary Walls in Hospitals for Pandemic Preparedness

STARC Systems recognizes pandemic preparedness is one of the most important responsibilities for all infection control and facility managers. Managers know that it’s only a matter of time when—not if—that a pandemic will strike their area and facility. There is a constant risk of a devastating pandemic event occurring, be it bioengineered chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents, or an outbreak of an infectious disease. Continue Reading

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Consider a Dust Containment System for ICRA Infection Control

The acronym ICRA stands for Infection Control Risk Assessment. The term refers to a procedure that all healthcare facilities must engage during any construction project within occupied or sensitive spaces. Infection control specialists and contractors in the field look to Infection-Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) guidelines and strategies to prevent environment-associated infections in every healthcare facility. Sound ICRA infection control measures should not only be part of routine infection-control strategies but engineering practices, as well. Continue Reading

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Maintaining Patient Satisfaction During Healthcare Renovation Projects

Ubiquitous distribution of airborne pathogens has the potential to produce severe disease in immunocompromised patients posing a serious health risk whenever there is disruptive activity, such as a renovation project. Ironically, erecting ICRA Containment Dust Barriers, which are essential in protecting patients prior to any disturbance of the area, can also have a negative effect on patient satisfaction scores. Continue Reading

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STARC Systems Announces $3.5 Million Investment Led by Blue Heron Capital

STARC Systems announced today that it has received a $3.5 million investment, led by Blue Heron Capital, a growth equity fund providing growth and expansion capital headquartered in Richmond, VA.

STARC Systems is a fast-growing building products company, based in Brunswick, Maine, that manufactures and distributes modular wall systems providing a clean, airtight and sound-deadening construction barrier system to protect the healthy work environments from the effects of construction. The STARC containment system is the category leader in healthcare facilities during
renovation projects. While the company’s products are used across industries, its containment system has been engineered to meet the high standards of the healthcare industry. Continue Reading

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STARC Systems Barrier protects patients during renovation-Health Facilities Management Magazine Feature

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC), Lewiston, recently undertook a major renovation in and around the facility’s emergency department (ED).

The medical center was challenged to perform the work without any interruption in emergency services, while also protecting patients and staff from potentially hazardous airborne particles.

Any construction, renovation and repair activities in hospitals and health care facilities can create or disturb particles, and cause them to become aerosolized. These particles include Aspergillus spp., a fungus commonly found in indoor environments that attaches to and feeds on dirt and dust particles and cellulose-based building materials. Patients with suppressed immune systems are especially susceptible to developing aspergillosis, a potentially life-threatening infection. Continue Reading

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Wayfair joins STARC Systems at Brunswick Landing

We are excited to welcome some new neighbors to the business community here at Brunswick Landing. Welcome to Maine, Wayfair! Check out the article in the Portland Press Herald featuring Wayfair and STARC Systems.  Go to the article >

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How to Reduce the Impact of the Current Labor Shortage by Increasing Productivity

The list of benefits associated with using STARC Systems Temporary Containment versus traditional containment methods (Sustainability, Speed, Aesthetics, Infection Control, Sound Attenuation, Dustless Installation) are well documented by our ever growing list of satisfied customers. The attached article recently published in the Portland (Maine) Press Herald focuses on the increasing construction labor shortage faced by the nation’s contractors. Continue Reading

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STARC Project Showcase – CMMC

The STARC System – Perfect for Infection Control in Hospitals

 

Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) of Lewiston, Maine is a member of the Central Maine Healthcare Group which is the largest Healthcare employer in Central Maine. CMMC is a Regional Resource Hospital serving over 400,000 people in Central and Mid Coast Maine and providing Primary, Emergency and Specialty Care throughout the Region. Continue Reading

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Sen. Angus King Tours TechPlace, Meets STARC

Senator Angus King of Brunswick stopped by on Friday, Feb. 5th for a short tour Continue Reading

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Infection Prevention in Hospitals

Project / Worksite Isolation with Construction, Renovation & Maintenance Activities / Quality Control

Once again, the majority of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge — this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show. In the fourth year of federal readmission penalties, 2,592 hospitals will receive lower payments for every Medicare patient that stays in the hospital, readmitted or not, starting in October. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, was designed to make hospitals pay closer attention to what happens to their patients after they get discharged. Since the fines began, national readmission rates have dropped, but roughly one of every five Medicare patients sent to the hospital ends up returning within a month.

 

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