RF Technologies(R) Installs Safe Place(R) Solution for Infant Security at Eight Baptist Memorial Health Care System Hospitals

Jun 23, 2010, 15:22 ET from RF Technologies

BROOKFIELD, Wis., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- RF Technologies®, a leading provider of radio frequency identification monitoring systems and healthcare security solutions, announces it has completed installation of its Safe Place® Infant and Pediatric Security Solution for Baptist Memorial Health Care. The health care system, serving locations throughout the Mid-South, delivers approximately 10,000 babies a year at eight affiliate hospitals that provide obstetric care.

The infant security system adds a new layer of high-technology comfort to patients and families. "Regardless of hospital size, we've found Safe Place completely meets our needs for infant monitoring, security and safety," said Tommy Pollard, Manager of Corporate Contracts at Baptist Memorial Health Care. He said that Baptist Memorial chose Safe Place over three other vendors' offerings when it made the decision to upgrade its security systems two years ago.

"RF Technologies demonstrated their commitment to meeting our needs through an exhaustive evaluation of Baptist Memorial's existing monitoring system," Pollard explained. "They listened to us when we identified challenging issues, then they developed and presented solutions that are appropriate for each of the hospitals."

The Safe Place system helps prevent abduction of infant patients by sounding an alarm and locking all area doors and elevators if a baby is moved without authorization. Staff can easily monitor the infants via computer software that alerts them to any attempt to tamper with infant transmitters.

"The system is extremely user friendly, and we love the Virtual Private Network, an invaluable three-way remote monitoring system that identifies problems and automatically determines whether workflow is being handled correctly," Pollard added.  

In addition to the advanced technology the company offers, Baptist Memorial appreciates the collaborative approach that RF Technologies has taken in addressing concerns. Kathleen Strausser, OB Advanced Practice Specialist at Baptist Memorial said, "Every person that represented RF Technologies – from sales, installation, clinical staff, even the president – was very responsive."

"They provide a local technician close to each hospital, plus 24/7 phone technical support," Strausser said. "They have also been proactive in their efforts to educate staff about the system and its performance. I appreciate that they have made themselves so accountable for the service they provide."

"We're excited that Baptist Memorial has chosen to continue its partnership with RF Technologies by upgrading its systems to safeguard their infant patients," stated David Barden, National Sales Director for RF Technologies. "We have been working side by side with their staff throughout the installation and training process, and our team remains committed to providing ongoing support and service with the technology as well as with clinical protocol and processes."

"This process has evolved into a true success story," Pollard asserted. "Thanks to our collaboration with RF Technologies, our eight obstetrics hospitals have advanced infant tracking and monitoring technology, expert service and support, and peace of mind."

About RF Technologies

RF Technologies is a leading provider of comprehensive, integrated RFID Safety and Security systems, Wi-Fi RTLS systems, and healthcare enterprise solutions. With an installed base of more than 10,000 systems worldwide, RF Technologies specializes in state-of-the-art healthcare solutions for senior care communities and hospitals, including Code Alert® Wandering Management, Wireless Call and Fall Management Solutions, Safe Place® Pediatric and Infant Security Solutions, and PinPoint® RTLS Location-Aware Solutions. The company is credited with inventing the first RFID infant security system, which was designed and developed by nurse clinicians. It was the first in the industry to invent Peer-to-Peer Wi-Fi RTLS, and to offer Remote Monitoring, RF Consulting and 24X7 technical support by RF Technologies' staff specialists and a nationwide service management team. www.rft.com

About Baptist Memorial Health Care

One of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States, Baptist Memorial offers a full continuum of care to communities throughout the Mid-South. The Baptist system, which consistently ranks among the top integrated health care networks in the nation, comprises 14 hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas; more than 4,000 affiliated physicians; home, hospice and psychiatric care; minor medical centers and clinics; a network of surgery, rehabilitation and other outpatient centers; and an education system highlighted by the Baptist College of Health Sciences. Baptist has more than 2,600 licensed beds systemwide, employs more than 12,000 people and has approximately 85,000 admissions annually. In fiscal year 2009, Baptist provided $541 million in community benefit to the communities it serves. www.baptistonline.org

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