When a Denver-based medical center experienced a complete fire alarm failure due to an outdated system, the hospital was at risk of losing its certification to operate. With six separate campuses providing a wide range of healthcare services, it employs more than 1,200 people and is the largest healthcare system in the metro area. Given the size of the facility, hospital leaders needed a swift, yet long-term solution to this potentially life-threatening problem. Johnson Controls was quickly brought on as a new integration partner to help solve the emergency caused by a competitor’s fire system.
Upgrading an outdated system
As an immediate next step, Johnson Controls worked to reduce the time of the mandatory fire watch set in place because of the disable systems. Johnson Controls was able to isolate areas that were at risk and transfer the monitored connection to an existing Simplex Fire Alarm Panel that had been installed several years earlier from another integrator.
As phase two of the project, Johnson Controls also worked to design and deliver a complete upgrade of the fire and life safety system. This included a new networked fire alarm emergency communication system. The system enabled the hospital to send code required selective notification by evacuation signaling zone or smoke compartment, which supports the hospital’s defend-in-place and horizontal relocation emergency procedures.
Improved confidence and efficiency at the push of a button
The medical center is part of a large group purchasing organization and was the first hospital to fully self-test all notification appliances and get a report of performance at the push of a button. This inconspicuous design reduced alarm fatigue felt by staff. In addition, it sped up testing and greatly improved the confidence and efficiency of mandatory reporting for The Joint Commission. Not to mention, Johnson Controls was able to deliver the entire upgrade and system in five months as committed.
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