Merging two independent hospitals and eliminating duplication of services presented a substantial challenge for the New England Medical Center of Central Massachusetts as the organization sought to combine Worcester Memorial and Hahnemann Hospitals.
The requirements - performance at low cost
For the alarm monitoring phase of the project, their were two major requirements - eliminating the switchboard and telecom/security personnel from Hahnemann and consolidating all communications, alarm monitoring and dispatch functions for both campuses at Worcester Memorial. If successful, this project would result in increased efficiency with significant cost savings without any interruption in mission critical services.
The system had to provide the ability to monitor both coded (McCulloh loop) as well as non-coded (contact closure) alarms, local annunciation, standalone operation when necessary, and dedicated, supervised and redundant phone lines to link the Hahnemann and Memorial campuses.
The organization was looking for an off-the-shelf UL-listed alarm monitoring system from an established and reliable manufacturer.
The solution - a flexible and efficient system
An independent consulting engineering firm researched the market and developed an optimal solution and presented the Medical Center with a choice of systems from three manufacturers. NE Medical Center of Central Massachusetts selected Keltron Corporation's DMP703 alarm monitoring system because it was the only system capable of simultaneously monitoring the many different types of existing alarm inputs, integrating them into a single, easy-to-operate system, and operating within the organization's remote/host configuration.
The unattended remote system at Hahnemann monitors both coded (McCulloh) and non-coded (contact closure) alarms, which are displayed and printed locally, and serially transmitted to the master monitor in Worcester Memorial's new telecommunications/security center. At the new center, alarms from both campuses are monitored, acknowledged, annunciated, and displayed on the built-in, field programmable 7" CRT. An integral printer delivers event-specific dispatch instructions.
The benefits - reliability, cost savings
The dependable Keltron alarm monitoring system ensures the Medical Center that, in the rare situation that both telephone lines are inoperable, the alarm monitors at each site function independently with no loss of life safety response or tracking information. The system also ensures that if the operator's PC running the security information management system becomes inoperable, the Keltron system provides redundant data files and history.
NE Medical Center's future life safety management requirements are ensured with Keltron's systems' capacity for accepting new alarm inputs without system modification. Keltron's systems ensure a reliable, cost effective and scalable solution for the present and for future expansion.