Challenge• To design a solution that anticipates the needs of a complex, diverse health care facility now and into the future• To deliver a system built around energy-efficient, costeffective solutions
Solution• Customised equipment tailored to meet evolving needs of health care industry• Mechanical infrastructure that meets demand for energy effi ciency and low cost of ownership• Service and monitoring that provide peace of mind
Children’s Hospital of Illinois• Completed: July 2010• Capacity: Up to 10 elevator landings• Architect: OWP/P• Contractor: Mortenson construction
KONE Solutions• 4 KONE EcoSystem™ passenger elevators• 1 KONE EcoSystem™ bed elevator• 5 KONE EcoSystem™ service staff/patient elevators• KONE E-Link™ monitoring system• KONE Care™ maintenance service
Best in care all around
Completed in July 2010, Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF, Saint Francis Medical Centre, is the only full service children’s hospital in Illinois outside the Chicago area. This hospital within a hospital is the majority of a new eight-story building (40,877 square meters) that offers comprehensive health care to children on the OSF Saint Francis campus in Peoria, Illinois.
Demanding environmentHealthcare facilities have unique needs when it comes to ensuring a smooth flow of people. Hospitals cater to a diverse audience of patients, visitors, staff and material at all hours. Periodic traffic spikes at mealtimes and during visiting hours must be absorbed smoothly. Furthermore, the hospital is accessed from literally every side, including the roof, which is home to the hospital’s heliport.
The nature of the facility introduces additional challenges when planning vertical transportation systems. Medical equipment is big and getting bigger. Common surfaces and finishes must be durable, visually soothing and easy to clean. Lower cost of ownership throughout the lifetime of the equipment is also an important factor.
Custom-fit solutionsSpecialised KONE EcoSystem™ elevators were tailored to serve various mobility requirements. The shining star at OSF Saint Francis is a custom-designed bed elevator. Designed by KONE specifically for this installation, the hospital’s bed elevator has a capacity of 5,000 kilograms and is accessed by a two-speed centre opening for rapid access. With platform space of more than 9 square meters, the bed elevator can easily accommodate a gurney, medical personnel and multiple pieces of equipment.
The hospital is also served by four 25-person capacity passenger elevators and four 40-person capacity staff/patient elevators. Custom cabins made of stainless steel and bronze woven mesh in the passenger elevators and a revolutionary surface application in the staff elevators create modern, durable finishes. An additional service elevator covers every floor of the building, from the mechanical room to the rooftop heliport.
Energy-efficient, heavy-duty drives and hoisting systems deliver cost savings and premier ride quality for specialised equipment. Accurate leveling of the elevator and the landing floor improves safety, comfort and ease of use, especially important when transporting patients.
A complete approachPreventive care is the key to equipment maintenance in the health care environment, where elevators must operate without interruption 24/7. As part of a campus served entirely by KONE maintenance, the new building benefits from KONE’s modular based maintenance solution. This service takes into account the hospital’s numerous technical characteristics and customerspecific requirements. Highly trained KONE service technicians are available to solve problems before they lead to downtime.
All KONE equipment at OSF Saint Francis and Children’s Hospital is connected to facility security systems as well as to KONE E-Link™, an advanced monitoring system that provides real-time information on the status of elevators and statistical reports on performance.
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