Federal Signal Product Deployed at Arkansas Hospital

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. – Federal Signal Corporation’s Safety and Security Systems Group, a leader in advancing security and well-being, announced July 28 that St. Bernard Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., has deployed its Federal Signal SmartMSG critical communications system to enhance communications throughout the medical facility and with first responders. The Codespear-enabled Federal Signal SmartMSG system is part of the Federal Signal Public Safety Systems industry platform.

St. Bernard Medical Center is a 400-plus bed acute care hospital that has one of the busiest emergency rooms in the Northern Arkansas and Southeast Missouri region. The center recognized a need for improved personnel communications and, with the assistance of an emergency response grant for interoperable and notification solutions, deployed the Federal Signal SmartMSG critical communications system. With the SmartMSG system, St. Bernard Medical Center now has an enhanced communication system within the hospital that has improved the effectiveness of communication among hospital personnel, the safety of using high-alert medication and the effectiveness of clinical alarm systems.

“The personnel at St. Bernard are very pleased with the ease-of-use of the new Federal Signal SmartMSG system,” stated Glenn Bridger, director of engineering and bio-medicine at St. Bernard Regional Medical Center. “It has enabled us to efficiently alert the appropriate staff members during critical and non-critical events to help us provide better service to our patient community.”

The Federal Signal SmartMsg system can send alerts to individuals and groups of staff members through a web-based program via cell phones, smart phones, E-mail, computers, pagers and other communications devices. Additionally, the SmartMSG system tracks staff response times. If response time is too long, other groups will be alerted to assist. The St. Bernard SmartMSG system is integrated with the local Jonesboro Fire Department to enable additional communication.

“The mission-critical SmartMSG system will enable medical personnel and staff at St. Bernards to connect, communicate and collaborate when time is of the essence,” said Michael K. Wons, vice president and general manager of Federal Signal’s Public Safety Systems Division. “With the deployment of this advanced Federal Signal critical communications system, St. Bernard Regional Medical Center has implemented an easy-to-use addition to their mission-critical communications, alerting and notification systems.”

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Federal Signal July 28, 2008 press release

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