Project Description

University Medical Center

University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC) is a highly complex $1.2B Level I Trauma Center supporting two separate medical schools and the residents of New Orleans. This new state of the art facility includes a 400-inpatient bed hospital with 18 operating rooms (two of them hybrid) and 6 interventional labs, 8 labor and delivery rooms, a 120-bed treatment room emergency department and more than 150 ambulatory clinic exam rooms, plus an adult Level I trauma center. Imaging facilities include 7 CTs, 4 MRI’s, Intraoperative MRI suite, 6 Digital Mammography Suites, 4 R/F suites, 2 Chest Rooms, 4 Radiology Rooms, PET Scanner, 2 Linear Accelerators, 4 Nuclear Medicine Cameras, and SPECT / CT.

The Challenge: While the facility was originally designed for another entity, during construction a transition was made so that UMC would occupy the building and manage operations. UMC did not participate in the initial technology design, and was uncertain that all healthcare technology systems would integrate properly or deliver necessary functionality. Further, the existing technology staff was not accustomed to, or trained for, managing the significant transition process. With the stakes high and uncertainly looming, UMC needed assurance that systems designed for one organization would fit the needs of another.

The Solution: UMC contracted The Sextant Group as Owner’s Rep to guide and oversee program verification, procurement, installation, implementation, integration, testing, and training of the various healthcare technology systems within the complex. These systems included

  •  Nurse Call and Code Blue
  •  Wired and Wireless Network Topologies
  •  Outside Plant Connectivity
  •  Employee Timekeeping
  •  Master Clock System
  •  Wireless Refrigeration Management
  •  Clinical Bed-side Equipment
  •  OR Integration Technologies
  •  Audiovisual Systems
  •  Conference Room Scheduling
  •  Clinical Lab Technologies
  •  Radiology Modalities
  •  EMR Interface to various disparate technologies including CPOE, ADT, PACS, and RFID/RTLS

The Results: On Day 1 of operations, the healthcare technology systems originally designed for others were fully functioning to support LCMC, while also maintaining cost control and safeguarding quality assurance.

The launch was an unqualified success: over 30 disparate hardware systems interfaced successfully, encompassing over 60 points of software integrations, with more than 340 miles of communications cable connecting over 9,000 end devices. Systems functioned to specification, delivering the critical communications environment required for today’s competitive healthcare ecosystem. All of this freed UMC’s valuable IT staff time for normal, uncompromised operations of existing facilities.

The UMC New Orleans serves as a key partner of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.

Project Details

  • Location: New Orleans LA
  • Size: 2,000,000 GSF
  • Budget: $1.1B
  • Scope of Work: Planning/Owner’s Representation for ICT, Medical Communications Systems
  • Year Completed: 2015