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May 20, 2019 - Ohio-based Kettering Health Network has unveiled a $10 million command center, complete with the latest health IT infrastructure, to be a central hub for managing patient transportation, bed placement, and discharge, reported the Dayton Daily News.
Kettering Health Network is not-for-profit network of eight hospitals, Kettering College, 11 emergency rooms, and over 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. The health system is adding more locations, including a freestanding emergency room in Piqua and a new hospital in Troy, the newspaper related.
The command center uses TeleTracking Technologies software to automate and manage patient flow from access points, including the emergency department, operating room, direct admissions, and transfers.
“As our network has grown and really got more into the communities we serve, we’ve had to say let’s look and see how we do things a little differently,” John Weimer, vice president of emergency and trauma services for Kettering Health, was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
Leaders from other health systems got a tour of the new facility earlier this month, the newspaper reported. “They’re coming here to see the lessons we’ve learned. So we can share that knowledge and help that next house system in the future,” Weimer said.
When the command center project was first announced last year, officials said the 17,000-square-foot facility could grow to 40,000 square feet and employ 300 when fully functional.