When busy Morristown Medical Center needed to upgrade its cramped and aging central supply area, it pulled out all the stops, investing
in high density storage solutions from Lista
International. Systematizing the hospital’s
surgical instrument storage, preparation, and
sterilization area is expected to dramatically
improve productivity and accommodate future
hospital growth, while maximizing available
space and meeting exacting healthcare requirements, regulations, and codes.
Looking To Save Space
Morristown Medical Center, in Morristown,
NJ, is a busy and growing hospital with nearly
6,000 employees, including about 1,400 physicians. Part of the Atlantic Health System, Morristown has been undergoing major renovations
and upgrades in several areas. One of the largest
areas of focus is the central supply (CS) area,
which handles equipment and supplies procurement, receiving and storage, as well as surgical equipment sterilization.
According to John Meggs, CS Director at Morristown, central supply serves an essential function in ensuring smooth hospital operations,
and is critical for positioning the hospital for the kind of growth it
envisions. As Morristown had grown to be the No. 1 area hospital for
several specialty services, the central supply area had been somewhat
overlooked. Most equipment was 20-25 years old and nearing the end
of its useful lifecycle, and hospital administration saw that they could
no longer keep up with the total workload. They decided to completely renovate the CS area, and embarked on a $7 million renovation
that would bring it up to the highest standards and provide sufficient
capacity for future growth. The renovation included Lista high density
storage and prep and pack workstations, as well as new sterilizers and
new instrument and cart washers.
Meggs explains that he was actually recruited to join Morristown
based on his past experience managing four other large CS department
renovation projects. Before his arrival, the renovation team had been
looking at using standard stainless steel wire carts and wire shelving
for storage, but Meggs called upon his past experience to recommend
that Morristown focus on increasing productivity and capacity by using
high density storage solutions from Lista International.
“I have worked with Lista on several projects over the years,” says
Meggs. “It started years ago, when I visited a hospital that had Lista
products and fell in love with the concept of using high density storage
for saving space, and having shelves built to my specifications so I can
further maximize the space I have.”
In addition, Meggs appreciated Lista’s considerable experience in
the health care industry, which has a number of requirements, regula-
tions, and codes developed by The Joint Commission that govern such
items as the amount of allowable space from the ceiling to top shelf,
from the bottom of the floor to products stored, as well as labeling.
Meggs was essentially given carte blanche to come up with the
best possible design for central sterile supply. The tricky part was that
Meggs was not just planning for today. Rather, he was planning to see
if Morristown could add increased capacity as it grows. For example,
Morristown currently works on about 100 surgical cases a day, five days
a week, and is seriously considering adding two operating rooms, going
from 28 to 30 in the next five years.
“We have to look at maximizing space so I can be ready to increase our abili-
ty to work on more cases while keeping up with the demand in CS,” he says.
Meggs explains that a lot of hospitals are trying to attract the top
surgeons and add specialties, and the system used to pack surgical
instruments is dictated by the surgeon and their personal likes and
dislikes. The environment changes often, so he needed a storage system
that has flexibility, allowing for different tray sizes, as well as the ability
to stack containers to maximize use of shelf space.
by Seth M. Flexo, Institutional Vertical Market Manager, STANLEY Storage & Workspace Systems