Construction of medical facilities creates environmental risks: Ace


Potential environmental risks, which could jeopardize patient health and lead to significant financial losses, are emerging as medical facility construction increases.

This is according to insurer Ace, which has released a new advisory that examines the potential environmental risks facing new construction or renovation of healthcare construction projects.

The advisory provides risk management recommendations for construction and facilities management to help address these critical exposures and minimize the risk of pollution incidents at healthcare worksites.

‘Sweeping Healthcare Changes Renew Focus on Environmental Risks of Construction’ was co-authored by Gerry Rojewski, vice president, chief underwriting officer, Ace environmental risk; and Patrick Dorris, associate vice president for real estate design and construction, Penn Medicine.

“As healthcare organizations build and expand their facilities to meet the modern standard of care, they must make sure they take appropriate steps to protect their patients, their businesses and their reputations from pollution exposures,” said Rojewski.

“Ace’s environmental risk practice advises clients on taking the necessary precautions ahead of time and building out a broad-based risk management strategy for any healthcare construction project. This includes securing comprehensive coverage for contractor related environmental exposures, which can ultimately help healthcare facilities better protect patients while mitigating pollution exposures and minimizing potential remediation costs.”

Ace, Risk Management, Insurance, Gerry Rojewski, Patrick Dorris, Penn Medicine, US