Kettering Health Network is planning to build a $10 million "NASA-like" command center that officials say will be the first of its kind in the Dayton area.
The 17,000-square-foot command center will be located on the first floor of the 1050 Forrer Blvd. building in Kettering. Construction began July 25, and the center is expected to go live this November.
A total of 25 new jobs will be created as a result of the project. When fully functional, the center could potentially house 300 employees.
The centralized operations command center is meant to "more efficiently care for patients and get them to the most appropriate level of care in the least amount of time," with the goal of "revolutionizing patient flow," according to the health network. It will initially provide centralization of Kettering Health Network’s transportation, patient bed placement and path of discharge. The network plans to centralize other operations in the coming years.
"This amazing command center will provide the foundation and technology needed to assess health system operations in real-time, to shine the light on bottlenecks before they occur, to predict and manage patient demand, and to proactively assign the right resources," said Fred Manchur, CEO of Kettering Health.
Pittsburgh-based TeleTracking Technologies Inc. will provide Kettering Health with integrated software able to transfer patients into the network from all access points, including the emergency department, operating room, direct admissions and transfers from other facilities.
The software will streamline and automate a patient’s progression throughout their care, all while providing real-time reporting, analytics and dashboards for executives and caregivers.