• Since the development of the Hill-Rom/ESCO partnership, a number of facilities have chosen the NaviCare Nurse Call Platform as their standard for nurse call communication and workflow technologies, including Kettering Health Network and Premier Health. These facilities continue to expand and upgrade over time, with ESCO as an involved and trusted partner. Their plan is to have full deployment across all network facilities.

    Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit, general medical and surgical organization that serves the southwest Ohio region. Consisting of eight hospitals, nine emergency departments and 120 outpatient facilities, Kettering is the leading network in its area. The network’s flagship facility, Kettering Medical Center (KMC) opened its doors in 1964 and now houses 508 beds. According to U.S. News & World Report, the facility performs close to the level of nationally ranked top hospitals, particularly scoring high in patient safety (source).

    Kettering started their transition to NNC with the construction of a new heart tower at KMC in Kettering, Ohio in 2009. Now called Schuester Tower, it is the leading heart hospital in Ohio, for which ESCO installed NNC upon construction. “We wanted to bring a newer, most up-to-date nurse call system. Then ESCO came in, sat down with our nurses, and designed the nurse call system around what they would feel would be the best patient care,” said Danny McCloud, Director of Facilities at KMC, “ESCO’s support as we started up this project was very significant in making it a success.”

    By 2013, KCM moved to convert to the NNC platform facility-wide; this project is ongoing, and as of June 2015 the system had been installed into about two thirds of the entire facility. Along with NNC, ESCO recently help Kettering deploy a Centrak staff locating system, an upgrade from an older platform.

    Throughout the Kettering Health Network, NNC was also installed in Soin Medical Center of Beaver Creek, Ohio (80 beds and prepared for expansion up to 300), Sycamore Medical Center of Miamisburg, Ohio (170 beds) and is currently being installed at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton, Ohio (this 200-bed facility is on track to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.) ESCO will also deploy NNC systems in the network’s remote emergency departments. The Kettering Remote Emergency Department in Franklin/Springboro is completed, while the Preble Emergency Depart in Eaton, OH is in the construction and implementation stages of NNC installation.