Kettering Health Network building what they call a ‘NASA-like’ command center

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KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Construction is now underway on what is being called a ‘NASA-like’ Health Command Center.

This command center will cost 10 million dollars for phase one and by the end of construction, they are hoping to hire 300 people.

“For this area, it’s a first of its kind,” said John Weimer, the Vice President of Emergency & Trauma Services at Kettering Health Network. 

Kettering Health has 120 outpatient buildings and 10 emergencies rooms. With the command center, information will soon move more freely between the hospitals.

“All of our clinicians will be able to make one phone call. Then give us the information and get information real time. We will be able to say, here’s your bed. Here’s where transport is,” said Weimer. 

Vitals will also be monitored and tracked in real time. 

Generally, each building or hospital in the network operates as a stand-alone facility. But soon patients and doctors will have the opportunity to move around the network to best fit their needs. 

“Thousands of patients will be moved through this command center. All of our facilities, our off sites, independent hospitals referring patients to our network, helping folks get back home…it’s critical to have all that information in one spot,” said Weimer. 

The command center will have space to expand past its planned 17,000 square feet. 

You can expect more jobs to come with it. 

“We will have about 25 new positions here but we will have about 100 folks located here for phase one. Over the next few months it can grow to over 40,000 square feet and potentially 300 employees,” said Weimer. 

The command center is expected to go live in November.

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