Project of the Month: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Located in Barrington, Illinois, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is one of the 450 sites of care that make up the Advocate Network. As the largest health system in Illinois as well as the largest emergency and Level 1 Trauma network in the state, Advocate hospitals need efficient and effective workspaces and environments in order to meet the demanding needs of healthcare.

In collaboration with Advocate’s Director of Surgical, Donna Ackerman, it was decided that systems would be developed and installed for the Sterile Process Department, OR Core, and Prep and Pack locations of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

Sterile, Efficient & Reliable Hospital Storage Solutions 

We installed six separate ActivRac 7m systems with stainless steel floor mounted rails that were to be used in storing sterilized OR instrument wrapped packs, metal instrument trays, bone, and joint replacements, OR supplies as well as pillows and linens.

We also installed three HD 3×2 systems with modified pegboards to match Advocate’s precise standards. These units were to be used to store operating instruments after sterilization, instrument parts and gaskets, and pre-wrapped sterile packs.

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The project began in 2013, assisted by HOK, with extensive storage planning on options, surveys, and capacity comparisons. We were able to create optimal storage capacity by implementing 24” back to back post sections with waterfall wire shelving, four of these systems are dual-sided MA.  

Some of the areas use Kanban with back to back 11” deep shelving. In the middle of the OR corridor, we installed two OR core systems in the center surrounded by 12 OR rooms. We developed these systems with ¼” thick polycarbonate end and top panels to allow for easy viewing of the materials inside.

Once Donna Ackerman saw the additional capacity that could be gained by going with High-Density Mobile Storage, it was easy for her to push for our systems. Additionally, it was the ease of movement over traditional top track type systems and industrial-grade durability that further sold her on the benefits of our products.

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