Acute Care Hospitals
Aspen Street Architects
As with any large health care campus, there are continual needs for the updating of infrastructure to ensure the highest standards of patient care. One of the most recent projects at Mercy San Juan Medical Center is the updating of their Nurse Call Head End equipment. Two main patient towers on campus currently have two different versions of the Head End Equipment for their Nurse Call system. The newer McAuley tower has a different version than the Russell Tower. With the opening of the new NICU, these two systems in two different buildings must be able to “communicate” with each other. This upgrade will allow critical communication to occur between the LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery & Post-Partum) unit and the new NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and provide upgrades to the PBX system. Although the installation of the Nurse Call Head End equipment is rather simple: run cable, install J hooks, and install annunciators, there is much more to the project. A great deal of preparation is necessary to coordinate the vendors’ work with Information Systems, Facilities, Telecommunication, and PBX while maintaining patient care services.
During the construction, the Nurse Call project requires ongoing coordination of construction impacts with existing operations in the rest of the McAuley Tower and adjacent services.
The Stahl Companies is serving as the owner’s representative for Project Management. The Nurse Call project is scheduled for completion in September 2020.
Similarly, the Dignity Health Methodist Hospital campus will be starting a Nurse Call project soon. The Stahl Companies will be serving as the owner’s representative for this project as well.