Many healthcare facilities are faced with the challenge of upgrading aging infrastructure and providing a safe, welcoming environment for patients, staff and visitors, all while meeting compliance requirements. Yet, at the same time, many deal with limited operating budgets and competing infrastructure and facility priorities.

A hospital network in Pennsylvania needed to update its fire and life-systems, but it was in a location where it had specific budgetary restrictions due to delivering service to underinsured patients. To address its needed improvements and stay within budget, the network turned to Johnson Controls to partner on a technology upgrade.

Staying compliant with limited resources

Comprised of a mix of older and newer facilities, the hospital network aimed to make the aging buildings more patient and visitor friendly through upgraded technologies that also met fire and safety code requirements. Johnson Controls worked with hospital leaders to create a phased budget approach in order to update fire technology systems to Simplex fire technology over a fifteen-year period, including installations of addressable notification and networked monitoring over the network’s 20 hospitals and 300 branch facilities. The funding method supported the network financially and kept its goals within reach while meeting budget requirements.

In addition, the financing model allowed Johnson Controls to install technologies one floor at a time until the entire building implemented the new Simplex systems. As a 24/7 operation, this floor-by-floor installation approach helped streamline the project and limit interruptions to patient care.

Safer, more connected facilities for patients, staff, and visitors

The installations allowed the hospital system to now be compliant on fire and life-safety systems as required by The Joint Safety Commission while still staying within their budget. With addressable notification and networked monitoring technology, fire systems are connected on a unified platform to ensure efficiencies when it comes to maintenance, testing and central controls. This convergence of solutions gives the hospital system the ability to centrally-monitor fire technologies and save on operational and maintenance costs, while delivering more precise information about alarm events. With the integrated system alerting the network’s staff to any urgent events, staff can now refocus on delivering a comfortable experience for patients and visitors, rather than spending time monitoring the fire systems.

Learn more about how Johnson Controls can support your healthcare facility’s fire and life safety strategy here.