JFK Medical Center North Campus Use Case
JFK Medical Center North Campus Overview
JFK Medical Center North Campus, located in the heart of West Palm Beach, is a 245-bed acute care facility that employs more than 650 full and part-time employees and has over 900 members in its medical staff.
The hospital campus includes an adjoining 124-bed psychiatric unit that offers special programs for children ages 12 years and under, adolescents 13-17 years, adults, and a specialized geriatric psychiatric program that addresses the unique needs of the older adult. Outpatient behavioral health services include an Adult Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient Program for adults (IOP), and for youth (AIOP). Additional services at JFK North Campus include a 24-hour Emergency Department, Critical Care Unit, Comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Addiction Stabilization Services, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Podiatry, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Care, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Wound Management, a Pain Management Center, Primary Certified Stroke Center, Breast Institute, Orthopedic, and Spine Institute. JFK Medical Center North Campus is dedicated to serving our community by offering free physician lectures throughout the year as well as sponsoring health fairs and screenings to local organizations and companies.
The Evolution of HCA’s Patient Safety Emphasis
Patient Safety: Our Continued Commitment
The Institute of Medicine’s December 1999 report, “To Err Is Human,” put the entire healthcare community on high alert. It told us medical errors in hospitals account for between 48,000 and 98,000 deaths per year in the U.S.
The report prompted HCA to commit to creating a culture of patient safety throughout its 190 hospitals. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., MD, HCA’s co-founder, and former chairman, is fond of saying “putting patients first” is the secret of success in healthcare. This simple statement quickly became the foundation of HCA’s culture and passion for patient safety and led to the development of the following goals:
- Establish patient safety as a visible commitment to our “putting patients first” philosophy
- Move from blaming people to improving processes
- Improve use of technology to prevent and detect error
- Use data to identify and measure improvements
Using published evidence-based strategies known to prevent errors, the company began developing patient safety initiatives for implementation in each of its facilities. The company organized teams of clinical experts and healthcare managers from facilities around the country and charged them with finding solutions for ensuring patient safety. The efforts progressed rapidly through their collective knowledge and synergy. Patient safety solutions were tested in a few facilities and, once perfected, were rolled out to all HCA hospitals. Patients at HCA facilities are now benefiting from the evidence-based patient safety programs HCA has implemented and continues to implement.
The company and its hospitals are engaged now, more than ever, in creating solutions that make it easy to do things right and hard to do them wrong. The work is just beginning. One of the most significant challenges ahead is the need to continually improve the culture of safety. The HCA mission statement affirms “Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.” This is the reason HCA is continually sharing its mistakes and successes with other healthcare providers. HCA believes healthcare providers, working together, can eliminate many patient safety concerns.
With the significant rise in workplace violence incidents in healthcare settings across the United States, JFK Medical Center North was seeking to become a market leader in employee and patient safety. Fast and accurate communication during crisis events was key to achieving this goal.
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JFK North Campus Solution
Implementing ASR's Critical Incident Response Technology throughout the North Campus Facility to quickly notify security and/or law enforcement of an HCA Healthcare Corporate incident, along with the address and location within the building.
Incident is Reported Immediately
When immediate action is needed to tend to the situation, the process must be simple and concise. This significantly reduces response time from Security and Law Enforcement while also notifying all those under attack within the organization and building.
Communication is Clear and Redundant
Reliable and redundant methods of alerting persons who are in danger, as well as providing the fastest notification to security and law enforcement by communicating directly with police and security dispatch.
Saving Time Saves Lives
The approach focuses specifically on accelerating notification time to and expedited response from law enforcement and crisis first responders. Responders know what is happening, where it is happening, who it is happening to and help is on the way immediately.
About ASR Alert Systems
There is a mass shooting crisis plaguing the United States. Historically, law enforcement and first responders were tasked to lead the effort to combat the problem. But today, we must all play a role in active shooter response. ASR acts as a key partner to law enforcement, first responders, cities, towns, school districts, hospital networks, housing communities, and a rapidly growing number of private and public companies.
An antiquated process for reporting critical information to first responders during a crisis event
The average police response time to a school active shooter, for example, is 18 minutes. *Source:: Homeland Defense and Security
Crisis Event Time
The average active shooter event takes 13.5 minutes* *Source: www.policemag.com
First Responders are arriving on the scene 4.5 minutes AFTER the active shooter crisis has ended.
The ASR Alert Systems Solution
With the press of a button, officers & dispatch are directly notified of the incident, along with the address and location within the building. They know what is happening, where it is happening, who it is happening to and help is on the way immediately. This significantly reduces response time from Law Enforcement while also notifying all those under attack within the organization or building.
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JFK North Campus is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), which are both authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey hospitals for compliance with CMS standards. Additionally, JFK North Campus is a teaching hospital that offers accredited internships and residencies.