August 7, 2008

Hospital Facility Managers Learn to Stretch Budgets With Automated System Monitoring Tool

BONIFAY, Fla., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida's hospitals are facing potential financial trouble as the state's economy continues to weaken and the number of uninsured patients seeking treatment increases, according to the Florida Hospital Association. In this uncertain landscape, it is ever more critical for administrators and staff to stretch existing budgets as far as possible -- and look for ways to cut unnecessary expenses.

One way to save on operating expenses while improving efficiency is by simplifying the time-consuming task Joint Commission environment of care monitoring and reporting.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs nationwide and is recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

At an upcoming presentation at Doctor's Memorial Hospital, Tim Goatley, healthcare specialist from Trane, will discuss how automated technology, like the Critical Hospital Systems Dashboard from Trane, can help facility managers streamline the accreditation process and more easily identify areas where capital equipment investments could lower operating expenses.

   When: August 14, 2008, at noon   Location: Doctor's Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Fla.   Tour of the new Doctor's Hospital facility to follow presentation    About the Dashboard  

The Critical Hospital Systems Dashboard automates collection of data related to the physical environment of the hospital, including temperature, humidity, energy and relative pressure.

Historically, hospitals manually track this data, which is a time- and staff-consuming activity with the potential for human error. The cost of correcting an instance of non-compliance can run as high as $25,000, leaving little to no room for reporting error.

Using the dashboard, hospital administrators and engineers can continuously view, monitor, track, trend and report environmental conditions in all critical areas of the hospital from a single location. This simplifies Joint Commission environment of care documentation and reporting, saves time and minimizes the potential for errors.

Additionally, the dashboard gathers data hospital facility managers and engineers need to help guide decisions on improvements and investments in their environment systems.

For example: If relative humidity levels in the surgical suite are continuously off balance, patient outcomes may be sacrificed, surgeons may unable to work effectively, and there may be a case for a capital investment in humidity control systems.

Trane, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand , provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. Through its two premium brands -- Trane and American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning -- the business offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions. Its systems and services comprise dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions, including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has 35 plants in 10 countries and more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit;; and

Trane has been a partner to hospitals for over 40 years, providing a range of systems, services and solutions to optimize healing environments, improve patient outcomes, increase comfort levels of staff and patients, and optimize facility investment. Nearly half of all healthcare facilities in North America rely upon Trane systems for their comfort needs.


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