By K. Richard Douglas
Above: The department has 12 technicians that serve Edward Hospital and Linden Oaks. The TRIMEDX senior site manager is Michael McDonald, CBET. The department’s cyber specialist is Kevin Chendjou. The Edward Hospital team includes Senior Technician George Gaines; Tom Kaminksi, BMET II; Shawn Martin, BMET III; Shelby Suttles, BMET I; Kyle Taylor, BMET II; Michael Sabatin, BMET I; Drexel Johnson, BMET II; and Philip Yeglic, BMET II. Their imaging colleagues include Stefanie Gottberg, Imaging I; Keith Kupres, Imaging II; Esco Smith, Imaging II; and Mike Kesler, Imaging III.
Naperville and Elmhurst are suburban cities that sit west of Chicago, Illinois. The populations of the two cities and the surrounding areas can have their health care needs addressed by the Edward-Elmhurst Health hospitals and clinics.
The health system is the amalgamation of Edward Hospital and Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, which merged in 2013. Each of the merged systems has histories that go back to the early 1900s. The health systems are joined by Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, which was acquired by Edward Hospital during the 1990s.
Today, Edward Hospital has 352 beds and Elmhurst Memorial has 259 beds. Linden Oaks Behavioral Health adds an additional 108 beds.
The combined health system is served by the Edward-Elmhurst Health Clinical Engineering Department, which is an onsite TRIMEDX program. The clinical engineering team supports the three main facilities along with 100 off-site clinics.
The department has eight technicians at Elmhurst Memorial and 12 technicians serve Edward Hospital and Linden Oaks. The TRIMEDX senior site manager is Michael McDonald, CBET. The department’s cyber specialist is Kevin Chendjou.
The team members at Elmhurst Memorial include Senior Technician Adam Hartmann; Tad Kulikowski, BMET III; Paul Jarecki, BMET I; Brad Smaga, BMET II; Glenn Zarek, BMET II; and Ed Barker, BMET III. The Elmhurst team also includes imaging specialists Melissa Kapolka, Imaging I; and Scott Gobble, Imaging II.
The Edward Hospital and Linden Oaks Behavioral team includes Senior Technician George Gaines; Tom Kaminksi, BMET II; Shawn Martin, BMET III; Shelby Suttles, BMET I; Kyle Taylor, BMET II; Michael Sabatin, BMET I; Drexel Johnson, BMET II; and Philip Yeglic, BMET II.
Their imaging colleagues include Stefanie Gottberg, Imaging I; Keith Kupres, Imaging II; Esco Smith, Imaging II; and Mike Kesler, Imaging III.
“We have advanced imaging engineers that specialize in CT, MRI, general X-ray and ultrasound. We have biomedical engineers that specialize in a wide range of equipment, from anesthesia to respiratory, patient monitoring and even lab specialists. We also have a CE cyber/IT specialist on staff for both facilities,” McDonald says.
The department handles service contracts on a case-by-case basis.
“If the contract proves to be less than what a typical time and materials spend would be, we can justify a service contract. Also, TRIMEDX does a good job of identifying equipment that should be covered under contract on a national level. They often negotiate national agreements (MSAs) or national contracts to cover equipment that would benefit from a service contract,” McDonald says.
Data collection is comprehensive.
“TRIMEDX uses a version of ServiceNow called RSQ. It allows us to collect multiple points of data, as well as a detailed service history. It allows us to collect in detail, every aspect of each piece of equipment. For example, make, model, serial number, vendor site ID, network connectivity, IP address, MAC address and any pertinent information we could imagine,” McDonald says.
In a nod to the direction of biomed, the clinical engineering team has a full-time CE cyber specialist.
“He not only assists with IT/network issues, but will also assist with any cybersecurity issues. He is heavily involved with all incoming equipment and providing security assessments to the hospital, as well as any necessary network configurations that are required. He is a new addition to our team over the last couple of months but has already proved to be invaluable with solving network related issues as well as confirming any Windows patching is up to date on all medical devices,” McDonald says.
The department has eight technicians at Elmhurst Memorial in Senior Technician Adam Hartmann; Tad Kulikowski, BMET III; Paul Jarecki, BMET I; Brad Smaga, BMET II; Glenn Zarek, BMET II; and Ed Barker, BMET III. The Elmhurst team also includes imaging specialists Melissa Kapolka, Imaging I; and Scott Gobble, Imaging II.
Innovators and Consultants
The TRIMEDX clinical engineering team is very involved in every aspect of medical equipment management and capital planning considerations.
“We are heavily involved with all incoming projects. We assist with equipment purchasing and give recommendations as to what we feel is the best option to pursue,” McDonald says.
“The most recent projects include upgrading our telemetry. We were involved with not only determining proper AP coverage throughout the hospital, but also configuration for future expansions. We were also instrumental in the recent update to our OR/anesthesia department to allow for network connectivity for all devices into the hospital EMR. Not only did we assist with installing the devices, but the configuration and testing as well,” McDonald adds.
He says that the team is also deeply involved with capital planning and purchasing.
“Most recently, with the hospital’s aging infrastructure group, which has been put together to identify items that are aging and considered end of life or end of support. With this group, we have identified what the hospital will need to plan to replace in the next one to five years,” McDonald says.
The clinical engineering team has been instrumental in helping solve problems and lend insights based on their specialties.
“We have recently had a lot of equipment suddenly lose network connections. Our CE cyber specialist was able to identify that the hospital DNS server was dropping these devices. His assistance allowed us to show IT and their networking team what was happening so that this could be resolved,” McDonald says.
He says that up until this year, the team had not been involved with capital planning.
“Now that the hospital is asking us for some guidance, we have identified a few devices that will soon be end of support. The hospital now has a plan to replace these devices before we are not able to support them. This will prevent any future downtime and impact to patient care,” McDonald says.
The team has proven to be innovative as well.
“We have developed what we call a ‘pump station.’ This allows us to PM multiple IV pumps at one time. Not only does this save us time, but also gets the pumps back into clinical use much faster,” McDonald says.
“This pump station has been implemented across multiple TRIMEDX sites across the country this year. In the same spirit of the pump station and continuous improvement, we have also redesigned the shop at Edward Hospital to be more practical for the size and space provided. We have expanded the team in the last few years and have been limited to the same size space, we have been able to make the space more efficient and reduce the amount of time a technician needs to search for parts, tools or test equipment,” McDonald says.
The end of the workday does not mean that the technicians and imaging specialists on the team hang up their biomed thinking caps.
“We are heavily involved in the Clinical Engineering Association of Illinois (CEAI). We will often attend both chapter meetings and their annual conference. TRIMEDX also sponsors a booth each year during the annual conference,” McDonald says.
The CE team at Edward-Elmhurst Health offers cutting edge biomed and imaging support that allows the facilities to support the people in the western Chicago area.
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