Find out how the award-winning FM department at this Texas hospital helped create a unified operations center to improve patient care

by Brianna Crandall — November 29, 2017 — Texas Children’s Hospital recently won the 2017 Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award for its Mission Control project, which created a unified operations and communications hub that uses real-time data to effectively manage the movement of patients. The award, presented by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association and sponsored by Trane, was announced during National Health Care Facility and Engineering Week October 22-28.

The Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award recognizes individuals or facilities management (FM) departments that implement new or innovative programs or processes to optimize the physical environment and improve patient care. The team at Texas Children’s Hospital, a 745-bed facility in Houston, created a unified operations center, known as “Mission Control.”

Mission Control brought together critical care admissions, room management, critical clinical alert systems, air and ground transportation, code dispatching, facilities, and security. The Mission Control room houses a huge LED display showing patient admissions and dispatches, the location of ambulances, and other key information. Each workstation has four monitors showing information vital to the patient transportation process. By being in the same room and sharing information, the team can make the best decisions about patients coming to or leaving Texas Children’s Hospital.

Mark Mullarkey, Texas Children’s Hospital executive vice president, remarked:

This unified operation has helped our institution reduce transportation times, improve the patient acceptance process, and optimize system communication. Our facilities management group has played a key role in developing the vision and assisting in bringing Mission Control to life.

After the Mission Control project was completed, the hospital’s transfer team reduced the time from dispatch to pickup, according to Texas Children’s. The decrease in response time led to an increase in transports to the hospital.

For more information about ASHE award programs in general, or the Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award specifically, including previous winners, visit the ASHE Web site.