Baptist Memorial Hospital (BMH) in Collierville, TN, is no ordinary health care facility. Since its opening in 1999, BMH has raised the bar when it comes to applying new technologies to health care facilities. One instance is its integrated building systems (IBS) approach to health facility management. A driving factor in the building's design was that it had to serve the community in additional capacities that extended beyond inpatient services. Medical services offered range from outpatient and cardiac rehabilitation to surgery, an intensive care unit, nursery services, and outpatient diagnostics.
After just a few years of operation, the support services staff is realizing a new level of building management, thanks in large part to IBS technologies that integrate control and monitoring all of the key functions such as hvac, fire alarm/life safety, and boiler and chiller controls. Each of these critical building systems have been integrated into a centralized APOGEE(tm) building automation system (bas) provided by Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. (Buffalo Grove, IL).